According to ancient Egyptian belief, the vein of love or vena amoris was connected to the heart from the fourth finger of the left hand, which today is commonly known as the ring finger. It is on this finger that the engagement ring is worn by the woman when a couple becomes engaged. Being engaged to be married means that the couple has promised to love each other for eternity, and be loyal, true, and committed to each other.
Buying an engagement ring can be done alone by the fiancé as a surprise to his bride-to-be, making it more romantic. For the more practical couple, it can be done together to make sure that the purchase is made without regrets. It can be quite a big expense but it is possible to buy engagement rings that are very affordable yet will look exquisite on the ring finger of your fiancée.
Round engagement rings are the traditional style and a solitaire diamond engagement ring makes a simple yet meaningful statement. Others include princess, oval, radiant, marquise, heart, and pear shaped 婚約指輪 久留米. These shapes are considered fancy cuts and depend on the shape of the raw diamond from which they were cut. The cut of a diamond refers to its shape and quality which is determined by its proportions, symmetry, and polish. It determines the brilliance of the diamond – the so-called bling factor.
When talking about diamonds, the carat refers to the weight of the stone and is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Carats are usually used in one-fourth increments and can be abbreviated as “ct.” As carats increase, so does the price. Typically, a one-carat flawless diamond can be quite expensive but one can purchase cheap engagement rings depending on the quality and size of the diamond.
Color may vary among diamonds and the absence of color is the basis of a diamond’s classification. Diamonds become colored when tiny traces of some elements like nitrogen are present as the crystals grow inside the earth. Also, deformation in the crystalline lattice due to the tremendous forces involved in the diamond formation contributes to its color. Thus, the less color a diamond has, the more sparkle it has, making it more expensive. Fancy diamonds, on the other hand, are rated according to the intensity of their color and are more expensive. Some rings such as pink engagement rings use colored diamonds to add a stylish flair to the overall design.
The clarity of a diamond is related to its color and refers to the amount of tiny imperfections found in most every diamond. The more imperfections there are, the lesser the value of the diamond. These imperfections are called “inclusions” and diamonds can be classified as having very small (VS) inclusions to having slight (SI) inclusions. Other common types of diamond flaws include pits which are small indentations on a flat surface, irregularly shaped fractures, openings on surfaces known as cavities, pinpoints which are small white inclusions, and nicks and scratches.
Although imperfections can greatly reduce the value of the diamond, skilled jewelers are able to enhance such diamonds to the point that they are almost indistinguishable to the untrained eye. It becomes a problem to unsuspecting buyers when flawed diamonds that have been enhanced are sold at a much higher price than they are actually worth. In this respect, when buying a diamond engagement ring, especially when it looks too good to be true, always ask for a certificate of authenticity from the Gemological Institute of America or the American Gem Society.