When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, you should follow your heart’s path. At Sabre’s Fine Jewelry, we can help you select a diamond that is not only beautiful, but also of the highest quality.
We know that each ring’s uniqueness is as varied as the couple who selects it, which is why our trained gemologist will help you pick out the most captivating cut and style that perfectly meets your wishes. Sabre’s offers the area’s most extensive collection of solitaires, halo-styles, diamond bands, hand-engraved and antique-style settings. Our expertise in diamond grading and buying will ensure that you select a diamond of the finest standards.
History and Tradition
Did you know? The first known use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was in 1477 by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria upon his proposal to Mary of Burgundy. He directed his goldsmith to design a gold ring with pieces of diamond that formed the letter “M.” This then influenced others to give diamond rings to their intended wives.
Traditionally, engagement rings are worn only by women, and typically feature a centered diamond stone, often surrounded by smaller diamonds or other fine gems. Today, engagement rings still prominently feature diamonds—sometimes in a variety of colors–or even other gemstones.
A couple may choose to buy and wear pre-engagement rings, also called promise rings. After marrying, the couple may wear both engagement rings and wedding rings, or if they prefer, only the wedding rings. Some brides have their engagement and wedding rings permanently soldered together after marriage.
What to Know Before Buying
According to the Gemological Institute of America, four factors, known as the “Four C’s,” affect the value of every diamond. Consider these when choosing yours:
Clarity refers to a diamond’s appearance on a flawless-to-imperfect scale. When a diamond is formed, the process can result in inclusions (internal) or blemishes (external). The size, number, position, nature and color or relief of characteristics determine the clarity grade. For a diamond to be flawless (which is rare), it has to show no inclusions or blemishes when examined by a skilled grader under 10x magnification. These diamonds are considered the most valuable.
Color refers to how closely a stone’s bodycolor is to colorlessness. Most diamonds have at least a trace of yellow or brown in them, so the colorless standard is considered the most valuable. When it comes to colored diamonds (like pink, blue, purple, or red), colorlessness is disregarded.
Cut (also called “make”) refers to the shape and finish of a diamond. You may have heard of cuts like Radiant, Princess, Oval, etc.; each name boasts a different shape. Cut can also mean a diamond’s size and angle relationships between the facets and different parts of the stone. The way a diamond is cut affects the way that it looks and shines. The more successful the cutter is in balancing the weight, shape, and angles, the more valuable the diamond will be.
Carat weight refers to the metric carat, which equals 0.200 gram. It is the standard unit of weight for diamonds and most other gems. In most cases, the more a stone weighs, the more valuable it will be.
If you have any other questions about the Four C’s, consult one of Sabre’s employees trained in diamond grading. They will be happy to explain them in more detail.