"...In chemistry, the diamond, being pure carbon, is one of the most common elements. Yet it fashioned by nature into a magnificent crystal with the most dramatic history of all gems..."
C.W. de Kiewiet
Engagement rings were conceived as a universal symbol of love and commitment. Eventually, they acquired additional meaning: badges of wealth and social status.
Early engagement marks were as simple as a few grass braids tied around the wrist or ankle. It was a nice compliment to a dowry of a few sheep and a cow.
Metal or gemstone-set rings worn on a finger were used by men in power as tags for keeping track of their wives and concubines. Puzzle rings and ornate bands were popular in the East, while the European tradition favored rings set with inexpensive gemstones.
By the end of the Middle Age, diamonds started to show up in betrothal rings. By the 20th-century, diamonds were set in almost every engagement ring. Even today it's hard to find a couple without an engagement ring.
Even when they are called by other names, such as a "promise ring" or a "friendship ring," they still serve the same purpose.
The ring announces to everyone that the person is engaged in some form of relationship. A hand is the best spot on the human body for a ring to be attached to and to be noticed.
First of all, it's a tradition. Wearing a diamond ring is ingrained into the very fabric of society. Cosmo Kramer said it the best: "If you're not gonna be a part of civil society, then just get in your car and move to the East Side." Or as George Costanza put it: “... we're living in a society! We're supposed to act in a civilized way!”
Following the relentless marketing juggernaut of DeBeers, diamonds ruled every matrimonial aspiration. Diamonds last forever as a sign of vanity and bondage between two people. In addition to being virtually indestructible, diamonds are rare, valuable, and above all - very pretty.
But it is a diamond's lack of color that makes it the perfect companion to a modern bride. Unlike a colored gem, colorless diamonds do not contrast with any outfit, garment, or accessory. Diamonds are easy to color-coordinate and they fit virtually any situation in life, whether casual or formal. A diamond will burst in a brilliant fire, no matter whether you are enjoying the outdoors or working in a dimly-lit office.
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Robertson Davie. Spiritually a natural diamond’s power is said to restore the true meaning of the engagement ritual and purify its corrupted Karma. Lab-grown diamonds' Karma-healing properties have not been tested yet. However, we are optimistic that that day will come.
Diamonds, much like Bitcoins, hold no intrinsic value in the absence of a socially accepted value. Despite the fact that they were synthesized fairly recently, lab-grown diamonds are fully accepted by the general public.
A lab-grown diamond will save you a lot of money with zero trade-offs. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural diamonds, and in fact, are the exact same thing - just made by man and not nature. You get the same mineral, with the same optical properties, same hardness, and the same beautiful look. Whether the painter used oil or acrylic does not affect the value of the painting, as long as he is a true artist.
Nearly every engagement ring is based on three distinct styles: a solitaire, a halo, or a three-stone ring. Some variations and embellishments can be added to each of these styles.
Whether you prefer a minimalist solitaire, a halo that frames the center stone, or a classic three-stone ring, we offer a wide array of unique solutions at Leon Mege. We are masters of bespoke micro pave work and nearly invisible eagle claw prongs that keep diamond secure yet unobstructed. We can recreate any style that ever existed or design a new that is uniquely yours.
Classic and traditional is the key to a perfect engagement ring. A thin, delicate band with the center stone set relatively low to the finger is the ultimate goal of a bespoke jeweler. The ring must be designed to complement the diamond, to emphasize its strong points, and take attention away from any weaknesses. A perfect engagement ring shows a minimum amount of metal while maintaining its structural resilience.
If you are hard on your jewelry, we recommend staying away from pave, especially delicate micro pave. A simple solitaire or a three-stone ring is a more practical option. We recommend avoiding an engagement ring modified to fit flush with a wedding band.
Friction will slowly damage and destroy both rings. Excessive use of decorative elements takes attention away from a center stone. Same with disproportionately large accent stones or overly complicated designs.
Choose a lab-grown diamond instead of a natural stone. Compromise on color and clarity. A lower color lowers the price significantly, yet most people cannot see the difference. Select a fancy-shaped diamond instead of a round brilliant.
Round diamonds are much more expensive. The brilliant-cut is better at hiding inclusions. Consider lower clarity for a brilliant cut. Choose platinum for bespoke custom work. Hand-fabrication in platinum is easier than using white gold. Choosing platinum instead of gold can save you a few hundred dollars.
A diamond ring is not a financial tool to make money. It is an investment in your future relationship, a cornerstone of your new family, and, as such, it is priceless. 30-40 years ago, diamond ownership pretty much guaranteed a hefty return over the years.
The assumption that a diamond will appreciate no longer valid. In the last decade, diamond prices took a nosedive. But even if the prices recover, you stand no chance to capitalize on the price increase. As a consumer, you will lose at least half of the value by liquidating your diamond on a secondary market.