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Before the wedding you’ve got to get engaged! Let’s face it, people want to see the diamond engagement ring. When someone gets engaged what’s the first thing we say? “Show me the diamond! We want to see the ring.”
But what is it about this above all other precious stones that garner the most oohs and aahs? Why do grooms choose this for their brides-to-be? Why do we so frequently see this stone in engagement rings and wedding rings? Why a diamond?
At its most basic, a diamond is a mineral, a transparent form of pure carbon.
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It is formed by the pressure of the Earth’s interior pressing the carbon molecules together into a substance so dense that it becomes the hardest known naturally occurring material. Diamonds are then brought to the earths’ surface through volcanic explosions.
Not only is it the hardest substance, but one of the oldest substances – many diamonds are three billion years old. In reference to the hardness of this gemstone, the name “diamond” is derived from the Greek word “adamas,” meaning untamable or unconquerable.
We can thank Archduke Maximillian of Austria way back in the 1400’s for starting the tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring when he presented one to Mary of Burgundy. But, because of the rarity of diamonds, only nobility could afford such a declaration of love. When abundant diamond deposits were discovered in South Africa another 400 years later, diamonds became accessible to the common man (lucky us!).
Other gem stones are used in engagement rings, sapphires, emeralds and rubies are popular choices. (Who can forget Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring?) However, the diamond remains at the top of the list.
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Why a diamond?
What better to symbolize your love for each other than with something that is natural, enduring, pure, long-lasting, beautiful, unstoppable, strong, invincible and rare.
Hearts, Joy, Love!