While browsing the jewellery stores of Melbourne CBD, you’ll begin to get a flavour for the engagement ring that’s the one for you - and you may find that you have no interest in a traditional diamond ring. If you’re thinking of opting for something a little different, whether that be an alternative center stone or gemstones accompanying a diamond, adding colour is a brilliant way to create something unique.
While engagement rings have been worn for centuries and are now a well established tradition, the inclusion of a diamond is a comparatively new addition. Diamonds are so strongly associated with engagements in today's culture that the recent history and their relatively fast rise in popularity is little known - and is an interesting tale.
Your relationship is one-of-a-kind, from the life you’ve led together to your plans for the future. So it makes sense that when you decide to get engaged, the ring you choose represents this unique combination of your two personalities. More and more couples are finding that traditional retailer rings are too limited in the range of styles available, instead opting for a custom engagement ring to express their personal style.
Whether you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring, investing in a classic piece of diamond jewellery or have found yourself on the used engagement ring market, an important consideration when it comes to price and value is the shape of the stone. We’ve talked at length about the 4 Cs and what they mean in terms of establishing the quality of a diamond, so let’s now take a look at how the shape can also affect a diamond’s value.
Traditionally, an engagement ring was a gift given to a woman symbolising a commitment to her future husband, along with his ability to provide for her. While it’s common for men to adopt a simple wedding band after marrying, nowadays rings celebrating a couple’s upcoming nuptials is not reserved for ladies only, and so we take a look at the rise of the ‘mangagement’ ring.
Your engagement ring is so special, in part, because it’s the only one you’re likely to receive... Unless you’re Victoria Beckham that is. Over the course of her 19 year marriage to husband David Beckham, she’s been spotted wearing a variety of rings on her engagement finger and is now on to her 14th dazzling ring.
Aside from the fact that pink diamonds are undeniably stunning, their high value comes down to their extreme rarity. Treasured by royalty throughout history and known to auction for millions per carat in today’s market, pink diamonds are highly coveted, with large carats and vivid colours in limited supply.
In the joy and excitement following your proposal and new status as a fiancée, there are a few less romantic details that will crop up. Protecting your assets is a practical step to take into consideration, and no, we’re not talking about a prenup. As with any high value possession, your sparkling new engagement ring is definitely something worth insuring, giving you peace of mind that it’s covered in the unfortunate event of damage, loss or theft.
Although jewellery trends change over time, favouring different metals or setting styles, we all know it’s the diamonds that are forever. But when it comes to diamond trends, it’s the cut that really defines a classic, with jewellery designers adopting cuts that have been around for centuries. These timeless shapes move with fashion and are revisited year after year, but which diamond cut is most popular on today’s market?
When selecting a ring, the design you opt is often linked to the setting of the ring. Likewise, if you’ve already decided on a diamond, some settings will be more suited than others, making sure that the stone stays secure and is displayed in the best light.