Getting engaged can never be under estimated as one of life’s most important moments. It signifies the beginning of the next chapter of your life, a strong personal commitment to the one you love.
It shows the world that you intend to spend the rest of your days with a partner that you truly love. Traditionally, popping ‘the’question is accompanied bythe giving of an engagement ring. This tradition is believed to date back as far in history as the Ancient Egyptians. Evidenceof Egyptian men presenting their brides to be with handmade rings made from reeds, sedges, papyrus and other natural elements such as leather, bone or ivory have been discovered.
The first recorded giving of an engagement ring was by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to his fiancé Mary of Burgundy in 1477. However, it was not until the 1870's when diamonds were discovered in South Africa that diamond engagement rings became more widely available through the jewellery industry.
Of course,it is the famous 1930s marketing campaign created by De Beers, the celebrated diamond cartel, that really brought the giving of engagement rings to the fore. The campaign educated the public about the ‘4 Cs’ - cut, carat, colour, and clarity of diamonds, and launched the famous slogan - "a diamond is forever".
Most Popular Engagement Rings Styles
For many couples choosing an engagement ring can be a minefield. However , if you understand the guidelines of the ‘4 Cs’ which is a universally accepted method for assessing the quality of a diamond, finding the perfect diamond engagement ring will become a lot easier:
This creates the sparkle and brilliance that diamonds are known for by influencing the stones interaction with light. The quality of the cut of a diamond is vitally important as incorrect cutting can compromise a diamonds’ sparkle.Learn More
This measures the weight of a diamond, not the size. One carat is equal to 0.2gm or 200mgm and is divided into 100 smaller units called points i.e. three-quarters of a carat is 75 points. A diamond with a large carat weight will be most valuable due to its rarity.Learn More
All diamonds are graded by their colour. The most valuable (and rarest) colour being white/ colourless. This is the most popular colour of diamond used for engagement rings.Learn More
This measures the number of imperfections, called ‘inclusions',in a diamond. Inclusions can affect the diamond's fire, but they are what makes each diamond unique and therefore cannot really be regarded as a fault.Learn More
CHOOSE YOUR DIAMOND SHAPE
The cut also determines the ‘shape’ of the diamond but cut and shape should never be confused,they are two different entities.
This is a true classic and possibly the most popular diamond shape as it suits any setting and ring style and is completely timeless.
First created in 1980, the Princess cut diamond is a square shape with a brilliant cut that gives a fresh modern look and is ...
A Marquise diamond cut is a football-shaped, modified brilliant-cut. This cut will maximise the carat weight ...
The modified brilliant-cut Heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love.Heart shaped ...
Oval shaped diamonds can vary in length to width ratio.As the Oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut...
The modified brilliant-cut pear-shaped diamond is a combination of a round cut diamonds and a Marquise shape,...
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This is a very important decision as your fiancé will be wearing your engagement ring for the rest of her life, so the style of setting must suit her personality and tastes perfectly.
Engagement rings can broadly speaking be categorised into two main styles which are Solitaire and Multi-Stone. Solitaire as the name suggests refers to an engagement ring made just from one diamond. The Solitaire style is perhaps the most popular choice of engagement ring as it is simple, stylishly classical and timelessly fashionable. If choosing a solitairesetting it is vital that the diamond is of the highest quality as it will be the focus of the piece. Reve Diamonds strongly recommend that you select a diamond that offers the best cut, colour and clarity within your budget.
Multi-Stone setting describes an engagement ring that is anything but a Solitaire. One of the most popular of the multi-stone setting engagement rings is the ‘ Trilogy ’ setting which is a three-diamond setting. The multi-stone Trilogy engagement ring setting is said to symbolise the story of the journey that a relationship takes and is symbolic of a couples commitment to ‘past, present and future’.
If your fiancés jewellery collection consists of mostly yellow metals it may be wise to choose a traditional yellow goldengagement ring as it will be a ring that they will treasure and wear all the time. If your partner's collection consists of white metals you may want to choose an engagement ring in a precious metal such as 18kt white gold or platinum. A rose gold engagement ring offers a chic and Contemporary look. Always remember that your wedding band should be the same metal as your engagement ring to avoid the metal wearing or scratching.
At Rêve Diamonds we offer engagement rings in a range of metals including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. There are many variations to choose from online and in store at our London Mayfair showroom.
It is vital that when investing in the purchase of a diamond engagement ring that you are provided with certification. This proves that the diamond has been assessed, graded and coded with a laser by an independent gemmological laboratory such as the GIA. By requesting certification, you will guard against purchasing a diamond that has been made with natural mineral substitutes such as white sapphire, topaz, quartz or zircon or synthetic substitutes such as cubic zirconia or moissanite. All diamonds sold by Rêve Diamonds are fully certified by the GIA.
At Rêve Diamonds we believe in giving our customers as much choice as possible, allowing individuals to choose the design, the metal and the diamond size for their jewellery purchase. We believe that having the option to tailor our designs gives our customers something unique.
We offer a complete engagement ring bespoke design service that transforms your jewellery concept into a finished product.
Our skilled team of CAD designers will work with you to create your design. If you can’t find the perfect design, or you want to add a different diamond please contact us to discuss the options for bespoke made rings.