Is this true, does it always have to be a diamond?
Here I need to digress a little to talk about the significance of this custom.
There is a long tradition of presenting jewellery to mark an engagement, but originally these pieces of jewellery were not necessarily rings but could also be brooches, earrings or the like.
If history is to be believed, Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg was the first man to place a diamond ring on his betrothed’s finger, when he became engaged to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.
Diamonds embody purity and durability, so they are a powerful token of love. Owing to its mineral composition, diamond is the hardest natural substance that can be found on this planet, so this stone is invincible, and everlasting. And that is precisely what makes it the symbol of love par excellence. After all, it is these attributes that are supposed to define our love.
Even though I am a firm believer in new approaches, authenticity and individualism, I must say that I also very much hold the aforementioned values in high esteem. So I would advise incorporating a small diamond somewhere in the ring. This can be done in a variety of ways. If a coloured stone, none at all, or four different ones would be more suited to the lady, you could easily play, for example, with having a pavé ring setting in the band, incorporating a small side stone, or even integrating a small diamond chip on the inside of the ring. Here it once again comes down to how you feel about your chosen one and, with a ring specially made for her, the story that you tell is anyway always the icing on the cake.
To provide some inspiration as to how a ring can look – whether classic or non-classic, with or without a diamond – I have compiled a few ideas for you here. By the way, that’s exactly the reason why I love my job so much: the joy of transforming each person’s individuality into a piece of jewellery.
If you do opt for a classic style and would like a diamond ring, you will be inevitably confronted with the four Cs. These are the carat (weight), clarity, colour and cut.