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, and 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 in history as the Ancient Egyptians. Evidence of 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".
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. All diamond cut styles are very different, have unique characteristics determine quality for each shape. The most common are:
This is a true classic and possibly the most popular diamond shape as it suits any setting and ring style and is completely timeless. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes in the reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness and sparkle of the diamond.
The Cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners (much like a pillow as its name suggests) which highlights the diamonds brilliance. This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape. Refinements in cut have recently led to a resurgence in popularity and this cut is now the favourite of many celebrities as it is often used for big or fancy coloured diamonds.
The modified brilliant-cut Heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love. Heart shaped diamonds less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the Heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs.
Oval shaped diamonds can vary in length to width ratio. As the Oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut (like virtually all the round cut diamonds), the two diamond shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. Oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size
WHICH STYLE OF SETTING TO CHOOSE?
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 solitaire setting 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 ’ or ‘Trinity’ 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’.
WHICH METAL TO CHOOSE?
If your fiancés jewellery collection consists of mostly yellow metals it may be wise to choose a traditional yellow gold engagement 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 white gold, platinum or palladium. 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, platinum and palladium and there are many variations to choose from online and in store at our London Mayfair or Birmingham Jewellery Quarter showrooms.
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. 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 Diamondsare 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 unique.
We offer a complete engagement ring bespoke design service that transforms your jewellery concept into 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.
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