As a woman in post-feminist society, I’m not supposed to love diamonds. I’m sorry, feminists. I really, really love diamonds and everything they represent today. Marriage is still a very big deal to me!
Diamonds, say feminists, are some sort of vestigial remnant of a time when new husband and father-in-law traded goats or sheep for the woman’s hand in marriage. Her engagement ring, from Georgian and Victorian days to the present, was supposed to represent love and money. During the twentieth century, the diamond was supposed to represent at least one to two months of her husband’s salary and, in the event of calamity, she had a tidy sum represented by the jeweled ring. That’s kind of a nice idea, isn’t it?
In our grandparents’ day–and hundreds or thousands of years before–the husband’s income usually represented the family’s economic foundation. One or two month’s salary for an engagement ring, then as now, is a significant representation of how important the relationship is to both man and woman.
The Excitement of Buying Wedding Jewelry
If you’re in a significant relationship (and you will know this when it happens, because you cannot live without each other), the natural question for most couples is “How do I buy an engagement ring?” and “Where do I buy an engagement ring?”
You already know the answer to “When do I buy an engagement ring?” For people who love each other, the answer is now. Enchanted Diamonds is an example of a reputable fine diamond seller.
How to Buy Wedding Jewelry
The first step in making a significant purchase of any kind is your budget:
- Even if you plan to finance the purchase of a gorgeous diamond engagement ring, make a plan. Evaluate your current monthly income and bills.
- Know that a diamond of at least a carat or more in weight is inherently more valuable than a diamond of “almost a carat.” Ninety-nine points of fine diamond–just a tiny point shy of a full carat stone–isn’t a full carat. A one carat diamond holds it value better than a smaller gemstone. And the owner of a one-carat plus diamond ring is certain to experience the kind of once-in-a-lifetime excitement that makes everyone else a little jealous!
- Consider the diamond cut: a round stone is often thought to hold its value best in the diamond trade. However, if your love’s heart is set on an emerald cut, Asscher cut, or if a marquis cut stone looks best, that’s perfectly okay as long as the diamond is properly cut. A well-cut diamond requires an experienced diamond cutter’s skill.
- Have you ever seen the way a diamond engagement ring sparkles when the lights are turned low? Think about the diamond clarity. A flawless or very slightly included diamond is more valuable than an included stone. And, if your seller offers a diamond with visible flaws–“It’s a really big diamond but there’s this little, bitty, black inclusion”–just say no. The diamond’s clarity is important and a big reason that the beautifully cut facets reflect light.
- Know about diamond color. In very ancient times, such as the 1970s, people bought “blue-white diamonds” or other words of the copywriter! Diamond colors range from D-F (highest quality), G-H (next highest quality), and I-J (considered jewelry grade). Colored diamonds are quite valuable and have their own grading system.
Buy a certified diamond if at all possible. The next questions you’re bound to ask are “How do I know about any of this stuff?” Diamonds certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are strictly evaluated for all criteria relating to the “four C’s”–carat, cut, clarity and color. A certified diamond enables the buyer to confidently purchase a fine diamond sight unseen from anywhere in the world. Diamond traders do so on the basis on certificate alone!
Buy an Engagement Ring
I’m totally in love with diamonds and, when the right man asks me, I’m going to adore flashing my gorgeous and completely natural diamond engagement ring to everyone I know!