The 4 Cs – The Essence of a Diamond Engagement Ring

 

If you are looking to invest in a diamond engagement ring, but know very little about these precious stones, this article was written with you in mind. The ring will be a significant investment, and therefore, it makes perfect sense to learn a little about diamond evaluation, and without further ado, here is a detailed breakdown of the four Cs.

 

  1. The Cut – The cut is primarily how the stone is shaped, and the many facets are cut in such a way to allow for the maximum amount of light to be reflected back to the eye of the beholder. If the cut of a diamond is too shallow, much of the light is reflected to the bottom of the stone and this is very noticeable, and with the very essence of diamonds being the glitter and glamour, the reflection properties of the stone is entirely down to the cut. If you happen to live in Queensland, check out the largest range of unique diamond engagement rings in Brisbane, from an established online retailer who can also customise rings to the client’s specifications.

 

  1. The Colour – While diamonds come in just about every hue of colour in a rainbow, people are mainly concerned with white diamonds. A colourless diamond allows all of the light to be reflected, which means the reflection gives a spectrum of colour, and white diamonds are graded from totally colourless to light yellow, with the following scale used:

 

  • Colourless
  • Near Colourless
  • Faint Yellow
  • Very Light Yellow
  • Light Yellow

 

These categories are graded from D (Totally Colourless) to Z, which is light yellow, and the method of colour grading diamonds involves many years of hands-on experience, as the differences can be extremely subtle and only a trained eye can spot the difference. For more reading on the topic, there is an excellent article on the Web with a colour chart guide to diamond selection, which should help you to understand how colour is determined.

 

  1. The Clarity –The clarity of a diamond is determined by the number – and location – of flaws on the stone, and in order to accurately do this, one needs 10X magnification. Tiny birthmarks called inclusions interfere with the light refraction process, and the least amount of inclusions a diamond has, the more valuable it is. A totally flawless stone is indeed very rare, which is reflected in the very high price range, and when looking at diamond engagement rings, the clarity is just as important as anything else.

 

  1. The Carat – The weight of a diamond is graded in the unit of a carat, which can be broken down to 100 points, so a diamond with 75 points would weight 0.75 carat. The largest stone sizes are in the 3 carat range and would, of course, be extremely valuable. Unless you really know your diamonds, you are best advised to seek out a reputable jeweller, and one who has a good reputation within the industry.

 

All diamonds are graded using the 4C system, and if you are looking to pop the question anytime soon, why not browse the extensive online selection of diamond engagement rings? The vast collection would ensure that you will find the perfect ring for that perfect girl.

 

The jewellery market and same-sex marriages

In the UK, civil partnership formations have declined by 85% since 2013; mainly as a result of the introduction of same-sex marriages in March 2014. In the first month of legalisation in the UK, 1,049 same-sex couples wed.

Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke wedding rings, this post looks at the rise of same-sex marriages and how this has affected the jewellery industry.

Legalisation of same-sex marriages

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in July 2013, the first same-sex wedding took place on 29th March 2014. From this point, 15,098 couples legally married under the new legislation up to 30th June 2015 — 55% of these were between women and 45% between men. In the first month alone of legalisation, 1,409 same-sex couples celebrated their love for each other with a wedding.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in all states of America too. Researchers have already seen an effect of this — it was found that couples spend more on their weddings than they would on a civil partnership, possibly because they see this as a more formal, binding ceremony. Men were found to spend $15,580 more on average and women $9,116. Many wedding retailers are acknowledging this shift in wedding trends and the rise in same-sex marriages by offering bespoke supplies such as his and his (and hers and hers) wedding toppers and signage. It is estimated that the same-sex wedding industry is worth $51 billion (£38.8 billion).

Some countries have taken longer to come around to same sex marriages, surprisingly the first gay wedding in Germany was just last month, October 2017.Northern Ireland, Australia and Italy still haven’t legalised same-sex marriage.

Adapting the traditions

The conventions of heterosexual marriage have been around for hundreds of years; in tradition, the man asks for approval from the woman’s parents, he purchases an engagement ring and proposes. At the wedding, the male has his groomsmen and women have their bridesmaids.

Research found that 81% of gay men didn’t participate in the engagement ring buying. Instead, they purchased substitute gifts, such as expensive watches, and then purchased rings for the wedding ceremony.

As opposed to the, lets be honest, often stag and hen dos, studies showed that gay couples also chose to enjoy a couple’s getaway or a group vacation with all of their friends.

It appears as though same-sex couples have mixed sex bridesmaids and groomsmen too. During the ceremony, the traditional vows are often personalised and the registrar marry the couple with the phrase ‘partners for life’.

There are some traditions that are still followed, however. For example, more than half of all women surveyed said that they did not see each other on the morning of their ceremony — keeping the surprise for seeing each other at the altar.

When walking down the aisle was discussed, some couples reported that they walked down together and others said that they got a parent to walk with them.

How has the jewellery industry changed?

As well as wedding retailers adapting to the rise in same-sex weddings, the jewellery industry must do the same. One thing that was picked up by research was that many gay couples chose to do their shopping online, as they found shopping in store for rings to be an awkward encounter. However, many businesses have embraced the changes by presenting gay couples in their advertising campaigns and welcoming couples to their store.

It does seem that most same-sex couples wait to buy a ring for the wedding day rather than spending money on engagement rings (66% of females and 19% of males purchased engagement rings).

When it comes to choosing the wedding ring, some jewellers offer metal that has multi-coloured features to it — representative of the flag that the LGBTQ community associate themselves with. One jeweller reported that often same-sex couples don’t request matching jewellery but instead want rings that have matching components, such as the same coloured metal or a similar stone.

Sources

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-lindner/how-samesex-marriage-make_b_8039940.html

https://www.theknot.com/content/lgbtq-weddings-study-the-knot

5 Budget tips to choosing the best type of wedding ring for your future husband

Rings are the symbol of you and your future spouse’s love for each other. And if you’ve made it your mission to choose the perfect wedding ring for your husband, you know that there are many factors to consider when you begin shopping for the perfect ring for him.

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One of those, of course, is the budget. If you are the only one paying for his ring, there are ways that you can save money but still be able to buy one that would be perfect for him. Check out some of the tips that you can follow below.

  1. Canvass for the ring early – you can even start looking for a ring as soon as you get engaged. While you should not buy one immediately, by looking at your options for style and design, you are giving yourself enough time to actually set aside a budget for the ring that you have set your heart on. There is no standard on how much money you would need pay for the ring, but if you’ve seen one that you know is perfect for your husband but way out of your budget, for now, you will still have time to save.
  2. Set a budget for the big wedding suppliers first – weddings cost money, a lot of money. To see just how much budget you have for the ring, the best thing to do is set a budget for the other wedding suppliers that you know will be expensive. It may be the catering, the flowers or even the venue. What’s important is that you already have an idea of the total wedding costs and then you can see how much money you can spend on the rings.
  3. Stick to your budget – there may be times when you might be tempted to spend beyond what you have set aside for the rings, but don’t do that. Remember that the wedding will not only be centered on the rings, and if you go over the budget, then suddenly find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to pay more to other suppliers, you will regret spending that extra money on the rings.
  4. Get a ring that matches his personality – the perfect ring for your future husband is not the most expensive one, but the one that fits his personality the most. If your husband does not like ostentatious things, go for a simple design. Choose his favorite stone or his favorite color, just make sure that the ring is something that he would still want to wear every day.
  5. Go for a more simple design of your own wedding ring – since wedding rings are for couples, it would be a good idea that men’s wedding rings should match the women’s. TO make it easier for you, you can just choose a design taken from your own wedding band, but done in a simpler manner. Maybe you could put fewer stones or none at all if your husband is not a fan. Just make it unique by adding a personal touch such as a personal engraved message for your future husband.