13th April 2017

10 weeks to go…all about the ring!

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Okay, so with just ten weeks to go we’ve got to the story of my engagement ring. Or rings… This is a little bit embarrassing but I’m actually on engagement ring number three.

Yep, you read that right – ring number THREE!! All from the same guy of course, but I’ve lost two rings in a couple of unlucky situations.

The first one parted from me on holiday in Thailand and ring number two slipped of my finger in a lake at the Secret Garden Festival.

(smiles all around at SGP, still unaware I’d lost ring no.2)

Safe to say ring number three hasn’t been accompanying me on any trips abroad or to any festivals since I got it. I also made sure to order a size down for it not to slip off again.

Here it is – I absolutely love it (third time lucky eh 🙂 )

It’s an 18 carat white gold band with 0.50ct diamonds set over 9 stones in 3 different sizes

Choosing a diamond that meets your specification and budget can be hard. The 4 C’s are a good place to start when trying to understand diamonds; Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity.

Cut

The cut is often confused with the shape of the diamond; however it is a measure of how diamonds facets interact with light. Cut is the only C that is influenced by the human hand. The rest are created naturally as diamonds form in the earth.

Colour
The colour of the diamond is measured on a scale from D to Z, D is colourless – this allows more light to pass through, giving the diamond more sparkle. As the gradings progress through the alphabet to Z, the diamonds take on a yellowish/brownish tone.

Carat
Carat is often confused with size however it actually refers to the weight. One carat is the equivalent of 200 milligrams. You’ll find interesting nuances in the way diamonds are priced, e.g. the price of 0.48ct and 0.49ct stone will be very similar, but 0.50ct will cost a lot more.

Clarity
Clarity is the visual appearance of internal characteristics of a diamond. The GIA diamond grading scale is divided into six categories, starting with FL (Flawless) and moving through to Internally Flawless category (IF), Very, Very Slightly Included category (VVS), Very Slightly Included category (VS) Slightly Included category (SI), Included category (I). The most popular gradings are VS and SI.

 

Scroll down for some fascinating engagement ring traditions from around the world!!

 

In West Bengal, India, women are given iron bangle bracelets instead of engagement rings.

In Chile, both men and women receive engagement rings, which they wear on their right hands. Once they’re married, they move them to their left hands.