History of diamond engagement rings:
Traditionally in Western culture women were offered engagement rings by their chosen suitors as a symbol indicating their decision to marry. The first use of diamond engagement rings is documented to have occurred in 1477 Vienna when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy, offering her a diamond engagement ring to signify his betrothal.
The reason for using diamond engagement rings was because diamonds symbolized everlasting love, were viewed as charms that could enhance the love of a husband for his wife and were considered the most precious of gemstones.
However, it wasn’t until the 20th century when diamonds became more widely distributed and became accessible to the general public. Along with a successful marketing campaign linking diamonds with everlasting love, it soon became a rule to offer diamond engagement rings by the groom.
At present, over 80% of American women are offered diamond engagement rings to signify engagement.
How to choose a diamond engagement ring?
When searching for diamond engagement rings, consider whether the ring should have a single large diamond, or be studded with multiple diamonds. One needs to also determine the diamond mounting/setting type and whether the color of gold (white or yellow) matches the fiancées skin tone and personal preferences. Diamond engagement rings are most popular because of their high value, design and appearance.
ORO Spot has a large collection of diamond engagement rings and halo engagement rings offered in various styles, settings and cuts. As with any high value jewelry, price of diamond engagement rings varies based on materials used, the design of the ring, the quality of the diamond and the value of the diamond or other gemstones used. Traditionally, men spent two to three months' personal wages for an engagement ring, however price should never be a deciding factor when choosing a ring that symbolizes your love and commitment.
Prior to choosing your diamond engagement rings, check the diamond’s standardized description that values its carat weight, color, clarity and cut.
For more information on how to determine the value of a diamond, take a look at our shop by diamonds section.
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