If you are a girlfriend who already has your engagement ring , or you are waiting for one, or you are a boyfriend with plans to buy one, this information will serve you immensely.

I’ll tell you about the basics you need to know about diamonds and engagement rings: why a ring is given, what hand it is placed in, how much it must cost, why they wear a diamond, what is taken into account to buy the ring and the technical details that the groom must know to know what defines the value of diamonds.

About Engagement Rings

What is the meaning of giving an engagement ring?
The bride and groom and the engagement ring

Delivering the ring symbolizes a promise of love, desire, companionship and devotion. And marriage is that promise fulfilled.

The groom gives it to the bride when he has proposed marriage and the bride has accepted. The bride uses it all the time until the wedding. Then you can continue using it together with the wedding ring.

Where did the idea of ​​delivering an engagement ring come from?
Until now, it is known that the Egyptians were the first to have this practice of giving a ring.

But the “boom” occurred in 1477 when Maximilian of Austria gave an engagement ring to his fiancée Maria, putting this fashionable among the members of the nobility.

In what hand is it placed?
In our western culture, it is placed on the ring finger of the left hand . This by Egyptian tradition, because they believed that the vein “amoris” went through that finger, and that went straight to the heart.

However, there are countries where it is used to carry the ring in the right hand.

Bride wearing engagement ring

How much should the engagement ring cost?

It is said that the groom must buy a ring of such quality that it costs the equivalent of three months of his salary .

Actually, the price does not matter. The true value of the ring lies in its meaning.

There are rings with very nice designs, which make the stones look great and do not need to spend as much, especially if the bride will only use it during the time before the wedding.

Why should the engagement ring carry a diamond?
The diamond is the hardest mineral that exists on earth, so resistant that it is indestructible . Its name in Greek means invincible . Hence, an engagement ring with a diamond means that the promise that is being made is unbreakable .

Tiffany engagement ring

But in reality, it was Mr. Charles Lewis Tiffany (neither more nor less than the founder of Tiffany & Co), who put the engagement ring in fashion as we know it nowadays , by designing and popularizing the solitaire in the montage Tiffany® in 1886.

The ring can carry another precious gem, but diamond is the most popular stone.

What should be taken into account to buy the ring?
# 1 .- The first thing you should do is set a budget of how much you can spend on the ring, and not move from there.

# 2 .- After, decide what metal you will choose. The most common options are yellow gold , platinum and white gold. Other options are rose gold or palladium. The metal you choose will influence the price of the ring.

Tiffany rings

# 3 .- Choose the main stone. The engagement ring is characterized by being the metal band with a regular size stone. The current designs adorn the main stone with smaller diamonds.

If you want the ring to have one or more diamonds, you should have an idea of how they are evaluated to determine their price. Below I explain the points of the diamonds rings in which you have to look.

# 4 .- Finally, arm yourself with patience and go find the ring. There are thousands and thousands of options. Your goal is to choose the best features of frame and stone, that fit your budget.

The quality standards:
There are four aspects that give a “qualification” to the diamond. They are called the 4 c’s , referring to the first letter of each characteristic:

Clarity
Colour
cut
Carat

Clarity
Clarity refers to the purity of the diamond . The internal and external imperfections of the diamond are classified (clouds, feathers, holes, scratches, marks, notches). These are only visible through a magnification of 10 magnifications.

The less imperfections the diamond has, the clearer it becomes.

There is a scale that gives them the qualification:

Diamonds Clarity Scale

Colour
Small impurities inside the diamonds can subtly dye them another color. The more colorless the diamond is, the more valuable it will be.

According to their color, they are classified within one of the following letters:

cut
The cut refers to the carving that is given to the stone to give it the shape and symmetry, thus determining its appearance and beauty.

The carver must make the perfect balance between the shape that gives the diamond, the depth it leaves and the polish of the faces, so that the diamond reflects the light, that is, that it shines a lot .

A diamond with a good cut will shine more.

These are the main forms that are given to diamonds:

Cutting of diamonds – The shape they are given in the cutting process

Carat
The weight of the diamond is measured in carats or carats , which also call them points. The more weight you have, the more volume the stone has (and obviously the cost is higher). This has a lot to do with “how big” the stone looks at the naked eye, but it can not be standardized because each diamond has different depth.

What is all this information for?
You will get an idea of diamonds are not only valued for their size.

Probably in a jewelry you will see a larger diamond at a lower price than a smaller diamond. What do you think is due? Most likely, the large diamond has visible imperfections or has a yellowish hue. Being more “impure” has less value.

Then you will have to evaluate if for the same price you want a larger stone or a stone that is brighter (even if it is smaller).

Tiffany rings with different cuts