Monday, September 25, 2006

What is a wedding ring?

What is a wedding ring?

A wedding ring traditionally is a symbol to seal the vows taken between the bride and the groom. Over the years the engagement ring has changed in style and design but overall the historic meaning of a diamond engagement ring has remained the same. The diamond engagement ring also has not changed in one critical factor in it’s make up of a metallic chemical element, traditionally being gold. Historically many cultures have believed in the circle to be a symbol of perfection, so it representation in engagements is the perfection union of two people to live together happily ever after. Ancient Egypt believed that the vein in the forth finger on the left hand led directly to the heart, giving a spiritual representation with the perfect circle of union on the finger that leads to the heart.

Engagement rings today come in a variety of styles from traditional and antique to contemporary designer styles. You are not just limited to traditional yellow gold either, you can get white gold, 14K, 18K, and platinum, all of these precious metals offer a high luster and hence their high economic value. When making a engagement ring purchase, be sure to carefully consider some of our rules of thought. You can find a great selection of our > diamond engagement rings at our store.

• Ring Size of the bride to be
• Stone for the ring
• Precious Metal options

The first thing you need to do is find the ring size of your new fiancée. Rings like any jewelry item needs to be sized for the person wearing it for the perfect fit. The easiest way to accomplish this would be to get a ring that she wears often but not everyday, so as to get on that still fits her finger properly. You could always ask a sister or mother in law or a friend could get the size for you. If all else fails you can take her to the jewelry store in the mall and just have her try a few out for fun and grab her ring size that way. You can always get the ring resized later as sizing changes over time, and can be done by our certified jewelers.

Now you are ready to pick your stone for your ring, you can choose a variety of cuts, clarity, color, and carat weights, depending on your budget. Below are short descriptions on the four C’s that will help you to make an informed decision tailored to your budget: You can also find a detailed education section on the > American Diamonds Forever website.

Cut – Cut determines brilliance of a diamond. Each diamond shape has its own set of guidelines for what makes a Premium or Good cut. An Ideal cut diamond is the perfect cut for shine and glimmer in all aspects. The most popular and commonly preferred shape for diamonds is the round brilliant cut. The brilliant round cut is the most popular cut of today’s women. Another much loved shape is the princess-cut or square, which is typically less expensive than the round cut. It best fits those modern women who want a blend of class & style. The marquis or pear cut are a traditional antique look that will suit the more mature woman.

Carat – It is the measurement of a diamond’s weight. Each Carat is divided into 100 parts called 'points.' A 1 carat diamond has 100 points; a ½ carat diamond has 50 points so on. Although 1 carat diamond is a popular choice but you can always go for bigger diamonds of 2 or 3 carats, depending upon your budget. It is always important to remember that the cut of the diamond can help offset the decrease in size. An ideal cut brilliant .90 ctw. round cut, will look better than a 1.00 ctw. round cut diamond, for the fact that the better cut diamond will sparkle more, giving it more value.

Color - the less color a diamond has, the more valuable it is, other factors being equal. There is diamond color grading system which uses alphabets from D through M. Depending on the stone's size, a single increase in color grade can boost a value of a diamond by thousands per carat. A traditional engagement diamond is colorless or near colorless. In the United States and around the world colorless diamonds are graded on an alphabetical scale, introduced by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). D, E and F color grade diamonds may be referred to as "colorless" or "rare white", D color is the most expensive and very rare.

Clarity - Clarity refers to the presence of any identifying characteristics on and within the stone. There is a clarity grading scale; F-IF (flawless), VVS1-VVS2 (very-very slight inclusions), VS1-VS2 (very slight inclusions), SI1-SI2 (slight inclusions) & I1, I2 (imperfect). The fewer the inclusions, the clearer, more brilliant and more expensive the diamond. "Flawless" diamond means that no inclusions can be seen under a 10x jeweler's loupe. Flawless diamonds are extremely rare.

Precious Metals – When selecting a metal type you have a few options to go with. The traditional ring is made of 14K white or yellow gold, depending on your style preference. You can also get most settings in platinum as well. With today’s gold prices, a gold setting might be the only logical economical solution to meet your budget. A gold ring will still look just as beautiful as long as the proper diamond is selected for the setting. Rare, valuable and durable, platinum is the purest of all metals used for fine jewelry. The beautiful cool white luster shows little wear, making it an ideal setting for gemstones. The differences between 18K and 14K are due to variances in the alloy combinations.

When you are ready to buy an engagement ring, you will be well informed when making your purchase. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact one of our certified diamond representatives. When you go to the mall or the branch jewelry stores, most times you get sales people that don’t have a clue about diamonds and work on commissions. Please check our education section to learn more on diamonds, jewelry, and the precious metals. Check out our > Diamond & Jewelry News section, for the latest news and updates in the exciting world of retail and wholesale diamonds.

If you have any further questions or remarks don’t hesitate to contact one of our certified diamond representatives. You can reach them via, or via the > American Diamonds Forever website.

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