Diamonds have nearly always symbolized lasting love and have become synonymous with engagement rings. In fact, the first diamond engagement ring on record was given to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by Archduke Maximillian of Austria. Historically, diamonds were believed to be lightning made real on Earth and have been associated with healing powers. Diamonds are also the April birthstone.
Diamonds are the hardest of all gems and can only be cut with another diamond. Diamonds come in a variety of colors from brown to yellow, red, pink, blue or green and the more vivid the color, the higher the value. When considering buying, make sure to do a bit of research on the 4C’s – color, clarity, cut and carat weight. A good starting place is this Dummies article.
Your jeweler is also an invaluable asset when choosing a diamond for an engagement ring, earrings or necklace. Bridgewater Jewelers would love to help you find your perfect stone and setting.