According to historians, the earliest diamonds were first found in India in the early 4th century BC and for a while, it was thought that India was the only source of diamonds in the world. By the 18th century, the country’s diamond mines were slowly being depleted and so the quest for an alternate source began. In 1871, however, a large 83.50 carat diamond deposit was discovered in Colesberg Kopje and this caused thousands of prospectors to come to the region, resulting in the opening of the first large-scale mining operation known as Kimberly Mine. This resulted in a drastic increase in the world’s diamond supply.
However, while it was in the 1870s that the world’s diamond supply increased, it wouldn’t be until the 1940s that they would see widespread use in jewellery. This is because, during this time, the DeBeers Consolidated Mines Ltd commissioned an advertising agency named N.W. Ayer to push diamonds as the only choice for engagement rings with the slogan “A diamond is forever”. As a result, the popularity of diamonds as an option for jewelleries boomed and jewellers began to experiment with ways in which they can enhance the visual appeal of a diamond and presentation with new cutting techniques that can enhance the stone’s brilliance, further increasing their demand and popularity in the process.
Purchasing the right diamond for your engagement ring can be difficult. However, it’s not exactly impossible and with the right guide, you can easily buy the right diamond for your beloved.
For starters, before you purchase your diamond, you need to set a budget. Often, it’s said that you’ll need to spend at least three months’ worth of salary to buy the right but that is no longer the case. This is because nowadays, many jewellers carry diamonds and engagement ring options for every budget and style that you may wish. Other than that, you also need to prioritize the 4Cs: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight.
When purchasing diamonds, the first thing you need to look at is the cut, which is the most important of the 4Cs and can affect the sparkle of your diamond. According to jewellers, there are usually four kinds of cut: good, very good, ideal, and astor ideal. Of these four, ideal diamonds are said to be the best choice as they maximize the stone’s overall sparkle.
Secondly, you need to look at the stone’s clarity; most diamonds have flaws that can only be seen under a 10x magnification. While external/internal flaws can’t always be avoided as they’re what makes each diamond unique, it’s highly recommended that you purchase one whose flaws can hardly be seen by the naked eye for better quality.
Afterward, experts also recommend that you look at the diamond’s color and when you’re purchasing a diamond, you consider one that’s near-colorless instead of one that has no color at all. This is because absolutely colorless diamonds are not only difficult to find but more costly as well.
Finally, be sure to carefully look at the carat weight of a diamond you’re considering for purchase. Remember; big isn’t always the best way to go and since carat is about the diamond’s weight and not the size, keep in mind that the diamond’s price increases as you look at diamonds with higher carat weights.
By keeping these tips in mind as your canvas for the right diamond for your engagement ring , you should be able to eventually find the best one to present to your partner when you get down on one knee and ask them to spend the rest of their life with you.