Finding the Perfect Diamond
Giving a diamond engagement ring is a tradition that dates back to the fifteenth century, when the German Emperor Maximilian I proposed to Mary of Burgundy. Diamonds are an appropriate choice as they are believed to symbolize love-everlasting and friendship, in addition to inspiring loyalty, romance, and a joy filled life. The wedding ring is traditionally worn on the left hand ring finger because of an old belief that a vein runs from that finger directly to the heart.
Choosing a diamond ring can be overwhelming without proper preparation, but all that is needed is some basic information to take the mystery out of diamond buying. It is a good idea to focus on the diamond first. It is wise to know how much you plan on spending, and then build the ring around your budget. The majority of your budget should go into the diamond; you want the best possible stone for the money, and remember, diamonds hold their value. The quality of a diamond is determined by the 4 Cs: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Each of these characteristics is important, but a balance of the four is essential to the overall beauty of the stone.
Once you have selected the perfect stone, you will want an equally beautiful ring design to show it off. Be sure to consider her taste, what is her other jewelry like? Is it contemporary or traditional? Is it sleek and simple or dazzling and ornate? Does she prefer white gold and platinum or does she wear mostly yellow gold? If you are still stumped, you can always present the diamond in an elegant but temporary solitaire mounting and bring her back with you to choose or design the ring of her dreams! Upgrading her original engagement ring mounting is also a wonderful idea for an anniversary present. Mark Loren Designs offers award winning custom ring design.
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