Why Should You Put a Diamond in Your Engagement Ring?
Thirty years ago, that question would never have come up.
But nothing is taken for granted these days because of the freeness of information.
You want to know everything there is to know about diamonds? You want to know what other gems can go in the center of your engagement ring?
That’s what the Internet is for.
There is a lot of information swirling around the web about diamonds. The Four Cs, ethical sourcing, the price of colored stones versus that of diamonds: those are all excellent conversations to have.
But sometimes people don’t know what they don’t know. They may not ask a question because they don’t know it is a question that can be asked.
Even with all of the information at hand about diamonds, it is unromantic uncommon to articulate why a diamond is an excellent choice for your engagement ring on a practical level.
So let’s talk about that!
Diamonds come in a wide range of colors.
If colorless diamonds don’t do it for you, there are other colors to choose from. Naturally colored red, pink, brown, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, purple, black, gray, and white diamonds are all known to the world.
Some colored diamonds are rarer and more expensive than others, but the fact remains that diamonds come in some shade of every color naturally. Very few other minerals can make the same claim.
Heating, irradiation, high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) treatments, and combinations of those treatments have induced most colors in diamonds, as well, including some colors that have yet to be found in nature, like teal.
Diamonds can sparkle. A lot.
People wear jewelry because they find it attractive; they find it beautiful. Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but a great many people equate sparkly with beautiful when it comes to selecting jewelry.
Diamonds have a great combination of physical properties that work in unison to help them interact with light more dynamically than most other minerals. Very high values of hardness, transmissivity, refractive index, and dispersion all contribute to properly cut fine diamonds being among the most dazzling of gemstones.
Speaking of diamond’s hardness…
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material on the planet. That hardness translates into a diamond never having its polish or luster dulled by scuffs and scratches.
Diamonds are not impervious by any means; seeing a broken or chipped diamond in a jewelry repair shop is not uncommon. But diamonds still stand out above the crowd in durability, and they can take a beating better than just about any other gemstone.
That makes diamonds ideal for a ring that is worn every single day for decades.
Like an engagement ring.
Diamonds actually hold up better than the metal in which they are mounted.
The gold or platinum your engagement ring is made of will not last nearly as long as the diamond it holds.
Now, technically, that’s true of most gems that regularly make it into jewelry.
But diamonds can take heat like no other gemstone.
As a physical material, diamond is the best confirmed thermal conductor on the planet at room temperature. Diamond can also withstand extremely high temperatures without suffering physical damage.
Translated: In order for your engagement ring to be sized, tipped, or otherwise serviced, your center stone and all those little diamond accents in your ring do not need to be pulled and re-set. They can withstand the heat of a jeweler’s torch.
Accurate diamond grading is immensely important.
But The Four Cs are not the end of the story about diamonds. A piece of paper can help you understand why a diamond is valuated the way it is.
However, that piece of paper can never show you how beautiful a diamond is. Nor can it explain the intrinsic benefits of choosing a diamond as your symbol of devotion and longevity.
Understanding the quality of your purchase is one thing; understanding its substance is quite another.
At Windsor Jewelry, we’d prefer that you know both.