Wedding Rings

Tips for Bride’s..
The Wedding Rings

 

The Diamond Ring

      Over the years, the diamond still stands as the strongest symbol of love. There are no two diamonds that are alike. The “Four C’s” of diamond value are:

Color

          Diamonds without any color are extremely rare and valueable. Pale blue shades are desired while yellow, brown or black shades reduce the value of the stone. The scale for diamonds begins at D (colorless) and ends at Z (yellow).

Cut

          Most diamonds are cut to have fifty-eight facets which transforms them into a prism that breaks up light into all colors of the spectrum. A perfectly cut diamond will reflect all the light upwards for the most brilliant look. This is the shape, style and finish of the diamond.

Clarity

          This is the freedom from imperfections (cracks,bubbles and specks). Clarity is rated on a scale of F1=flawless and F13 =imperfect.

Carat Weight

          This is the size of the diamond. 100 points is equivalent to 1 carat.

 

    Remember, it is not only the size that is important with diamonds, the quality is important too!!


Shapes of Stones

Marquis:

       oblong shape that is pointed at the top and bottom

Pear:

       round shape at the bottom and pointed at the top

Heart:

       the shape of heart

Round:

       traditional cut also known as a brilliant cut

Oval:

       oblong shape that is rounded at the top and bottom

Emerald:

     rectangular cut that looks like it has steps on the side


 

Other Gemstones

Diamonds are not the only gemstones used for wedding rings. Colored gemstones in wedding rings date all the way back to the beginning aristocrats of Europe. These colors add a special uniqueness to wedding rings. The three popular choices of colored stones are the Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald.
Sapphires

        This vibrant stone is a symbol of faithfulness which dates back to the Persians. They believed the color of the sky was actually a reflection of a sapphire on which the earth rested, and it was said that the tablet on which the Ten Commandments were written was a sapphire (

A Kaleidoscope of Color

        , by Amy Nebens, Bridal Guide November/ December 1996 page 202).

Rubies

        Rubies have been considered to be the ultimate gemstone. In biblical times, the Ruby was considered to be the “King of the Gemstones”(

A Kaleidoscope of Color

        , by Amy Nebens). This July gemstone will cause an eye to be caught by its beauty while being enhanced by a diamond.

Emeralds

        The emerald has been known as a precious stone which was thought to have special powers that could cure ailments including infertility and poor eye sight (

A Kaleidoscope of Color

        , by Amy Nebens). A deep colored emerald is valuable and ,as opposed to other stones, inclusions do not decrease the stones value.