As the proverbial saying goes, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” and there is a reason for that. Diamond engagement rings are affectionately loved for their clear hue, shiny surface, and classic look.
Although Archduke Maximilian of Austria used the first-ever engagement ring to propose to Mary of Burgundy back in 1477, diamonds in engagement rings sharply rose to popularity in 1947 when the De Beers groups initiated diamond mines in South Africa.
The company initiated the “diamonds are forever” campaign casting Hollywood celebrities as its ambassadors. Over the years, the mania over diamond engagement rings has subsided due to the rise of various gemstones that offer multiple shapes and colors and come at a less expensive cost than their diamond counterparts. Some gemstones are even rarer than diamonds.
However, diamonds are still the go-to for many brides and grooms. If you share the same sentiments, you can visit Kimberfire’s website to browse through brighter, larger, and reasonably priced high-quality diamonds in all of Canada.
In the meantime, here are four intriguing facts about diamond engagement rings.
The Hardest Natural Substance
The mineral has chemical and physical properties that enhance the diamond’s hardness, durability, and high thermal resistance. In fact, the only substance that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
The gemstone’s clear white hue and high scratch resistance make the mineral the best option for engagement rings.
All The Colors
If you are an admirer of the new trend of adding colorful gemstones on engagement rings, then you’ll be pretty pleased to know diamonds are available in every color of the rainbow.
Blue, green, orange, and red mention the rarest natural diamond colors.
Genuine Diamonds Tend To Fluoresce Under UV Light
As a soon-to-be bride or groom, you may find yourself overjoyed by the exciting new future you will be undertaking with your spouse that you may find yourself falling for scams.
Quartz is a gemstone similar in hue to diamonds; therefore, many people are likely to fall victim to fraudulent sellers. To avoid this, find a UV light and place your diamond ring underneath it; if the stone is indeed a diamond, it will give a fluorescent effect, a shiny or bright glow.
They Are Priced Per Carat
Carat is the particular measure of weight rather than size. The weight of 1 carat is calculated to be one-fifth (⅕) of one gram. The weight of the carat in your diamond ring will not necessarily translate into the size of its appearance. For example, oval or pear-shaped diamonds are elongated and appear bigger than round or classic diamonds; however, they are also flattering in shape.
A one-carat diamond is approximately 6.5mm, which is about the size of a pencil eraser. The average price of a one-carat stone is anywhere between $1,800 and $12,000. The price range is quite vast as the quality is not only determined by the size of the carat. Diamonds are priced in accordance with the 4 C’s – color, cut, clarity and carat.
Don’t be alarmed, though, because luckily for you and your bank balance, the average diamond in a modern engagement ring significantly weighs less than 1 carat, at only 0.37 carats.
Engagement rings are precious, so the stone you pick must follow suit. Despite the recent rise in popularity of colored gemstones, as rendered by the De Beers ad campaign, “diamonds are forever.”