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 by the giving of an engagement ring. This tradition is believed to date back as far back in history as the Ancient Egyptian times. Evidence of Egyptian men presenting their brides-to-be with handmade rings made from materials such as reeds, sedges, papyrus and other natural elements such as leather, bone or ivory have been discovered.
The first recorded presenting of a diamond 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 rings became more widely available through the jewellery industry.
CHOSE YOUR STYLE
For many couples choosing a diamond can be a minefield. However, if you understand the guidelines of the ‘4 Cs’ which is a universally accepted way of assessing the quality of a diamond, finding the perfect diamond engagement ring will be 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.
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, so three-quarters of a carat is 75 points. A diamond with a large carat weight will be most valuable due to its rarity.
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.
All diamonds are graded by their colour. The most valuable (and rarest) colour being white (or colourless). This is the most popular colour of diamond.
WHICH STYLE OF SETTING TO CHOOSE?
This is a very important decision as your fiancé will be wearing your diamond ring for a long time, so the style of setting must suit her personality and tastes perfectly. The choices can broadly speaking be split into two main styles which are Solitaire and Multi-Stone. Solitaire (as the name suggests) refers to a jewellery piece made just a single diamond. The Solitaire style is perhaps the most popular choice as it is simple, stylishly classical and timelessly fashionable. Reve Diamonds strongly recommend that you select a diamond that offers the best cut, colour and clarity within your budget. One of the most popular of the multi-stone setting is the ‘ Trilogy ’ setting which is a three-diamond setting. The multi-stone Trilogy setting is said to symbolise the story of the journey that a relationship takes and is symbolic of a couple’s commitment to ‘past, present and future’.
WHICH METAL TYPE TO CHOOSE?
If your fiancés jewellery collection consists of mostly yellow gold it may be wise to choose a traditional yellow gold setting as it will be a ring that they will treasure and wear all the time. If your partner's jewellery collection consists of white metals you might want to get an engagement ring in a precious metal such as white gold, platinum or palladium. A rose gold engagement rings gives a chic and contemporary style. At Rêve Diamonds we offer diamond wedding rings and diamond engagement rings in a range of metals including yellow gold, 18ct white gold, rose gold and platinum and there are many variations available to purchase online or in store at our London Mayfair showroom. You can easily book an appointment to visit our showroom or book a helpful consultation by video appointment.
ONE LAST VITAL THOUGHT ON CERTIFICATION OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING
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. Having 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. 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 very unique.
We offer a completely bespoke design service that transforms your jewellery idea into a wonderful, 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 handmade jewellery.
Our expert customer service team are here to assist you with your diamond jewellery shopping experience for any occasion. If you require assistance to search through our collection or wish to know more details about our products, gifts options and sale price simply contact us. If you wish to order online and would like to know your ring size, please request a free ring sizer by post.