Diamond Engagement Rings In The Past And Today

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Diamond engagement rings are THE most popular choice for couples all over the developed world and diamonds symbolize the purity and strength of the love and marriage bond between two people.

It goes without saying that diamonds are expensive and so are platinum rings, although platinum is THE strongest precious metal mounting you can buy. There are bargain diamond platinum engagement rings available if you know your stuff (which most people don’t) you just have to know where to look.

Diamond Engagement Rings History

Diamond engagement rings became popular with royalty and extremely wealthy Europeans way back in the middle ages, but they didn’t really become affordable until the late 19th century when diamonds were discovered in abundance in Africa.

The Victorians began combining diamonds, precious gems and gold which had also become more abundant at this time. Platinum engagement rings were scarce until the very late 1800s when it became more fashionable and technologically more viable to work with platinum.

It was Tiffany fine jewelers who really pioneered the diamond solitaire style of diamond engagement rings during the art deco period when the standards for platinum were laid down by law.

Diamond Engagement Rings In The Past And Today

During the 1930′s the popularity and value of diamond dropped dramatically and when the world went to war platinum was appropriated exclusively for military use and none was allowed to be sold for jewelry making. Thus the diamond engagement ring went through a period of decline and so soon after becoming established!

In the 1950′s a new, highly effective, marketing campaign was orchestrated by the world’s largest diamond suppliers – De Beers. Hollywood was in on the act too with films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and the later Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961).

The popularity of diamonds and diamond engagement rings were soon being elevated to previously unattainable heights, especially as world economies were rallying during the post WWII years.

Diamond Engagement Rings Today

The popularity of diamond engagement rings is now firmly rooted in modern culture and tradition and it’s hard to see this trend reversing. Ultra modern and designer diamond engagement rings have moved into the territory of the ultra rare and expensive fancy colored diamonds.

A popular indicated size of a colorless round diamond solitaire is 1 carat (6.5mm wide) which when combined into a classic platinum solitaire setting can cost between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00 depending on the quality of the diamond and where you buy it from.

If you’re looking to add gemstone accents or are aiming at a three stone ring expect to pay a lot more, but the biggest influence on the price will always be the quality of the diamond.

A relatively small intensely colored natural diamond could cost anywhere between $3,000.00 and $100,000.00 (or more) although there is a marked difference in price depending on the rarity of the color.

Even so, there are plenty of bargains to be had if you’re prepared to learn more about diamond engagement rings. Conversely take a tour of some of the best diamond stores for some easy to compare diamond prices and useful buying tips, you may be very surprised at what you might find.