Engagement Ring Quiz – Which Diamond Shape Are You?

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The holiday season also brings about marriage proposal season. Did you know that nearly 1/5 of all engagements occur this time of the year? To many people, the holidays are a magical, romantic time of the year, and it is a time of family, family rituals, and traditions. Marriage proposals are magical and romantic, and, in a way, represent the creation of a new family.

After that special someone got down on one knee to ask those 4 magic words “Will you marry me?”, it will be time to select an engagement ring. These days, many couples go ring shopping together.

Whether you’ve been using Pinterest to allude to the diamond and diamond shape you want, urging your sister to drop hints on a particular shape, or have yet to think about which diamond suits you, one thing that’s certain is that there are many characteristics to consider.

The 4 C’s including cut, color, clarity and carat weight are the quick basics many people refer to when examining diamonds. But don’t forget about the shape. The shape of a diamond will play an important role in the purchase process and finding something the fits preferred tastes and styles. So, which diamond suits you?

To help you find out, Invaluable created a guide to the 10 most popular diamond shapes. Browse through the list below and mark your favorites and don’t forget to take the fun quiz below to determine which shape matches your personality!

Diamond Shape: Which One Suits You?

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Thank you to Invaluable and Taylor Jenkins for sharing this fun and inspiring infographic quiz showing the 10 most popular diamond shapes and how to determine which shape is right for you.

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Show Me The Diamond!

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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?)

kate middleton's 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.

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Bride & Groom Q&A What Do I Do With My Engagement Ring?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q. – During the wedding ceremony, what am I supposed to do with my engagement ring? Do I leave it on my finger or what?

A. – There are several different options for what you can do with the engagement ring before the ceremony.

Traditionally, the wedding band is worn “closest to the heart” meaning it is placed on your finger first, with the engagement ring afterwards. So there is no mishap with accidentally dropping the engagement ring during the ceremony, or having it “upstage” the wedding band, most brides place their engagement ring on their right hand before the processional. After the recessional, the bride will move the it back to her left hand ring finger.

However, some brides like the idea of having the engagement ring on their finger first, before the wedding band is placed on the finger – their reasoning is that their fiancé gave them the engagement ring first, so they want to wear the rings in the same order that they were received.

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Something else to think about is what other jewelry will you be wearing on your wedding day? If you are already wearing a ring on your right hand ring finger (maybe an heirloom ring as your “something old” or “something borrowed”?), it may be a bit awkward to wear your engagement ring on that finger as well.

You may consider having your maid of honor wear the engagement ring, then switch it back to your finger after the ceremony.

Whatever your preference, do whatever is most comfortable, and makes the most sense for you.

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Jean

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