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There are obvious reasons that diamonds are the most popular stones for an engagement ring. They symbolize longevity, strength, purity and beauty. Diamonds are a remarkable result of geology and chemistry, cooking in the intense heat and pressure of the earth for hundreds of millions of years. And therein lies a big part of their attraction. It takes an awfully long time to turn a black, dusty lump of coal into a perfectly clear, sparkling diamond. The process itself results in the diamond’s unprecedented hardness and crystal stability. A diamond therefore is the perfect symbol of longevity – the longevity of your love for the woman who receives this remarkable and rare gift. Give her a diamond engagement ring, and you’re telling her you want her forever.

A Bit Of History
At first, the diamond engagement ring was affordable only to the upper classes and aristocracy but gradually they became more affordable and later became available to even the middle classes. In fact, the first recorded instance of the diamond engagement ring was when the Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented it to Mary of Burgundy way back in 1477, as a betrothal gift.

Classic diamond engagement rings consist of the diamond itself as well as the setting. For best value, the setting that one thinks will best suit the woman should be chosen first, and then the budget should take care of cost of the diamond that is most affordable. When considering the amount to spend on the diamond engagement ring remember that it is an emotional event and that the purchase will be once in a lifetime that should last forever. As convention dictates, spending two months salary on the diamond engagement ring should be sufficient, though the most important consideration is, of course, the quality and value of the diamond engagement ring.

Selecting The Gem
Sometimes the diamond engagement ring that one chooses needs to be kept a secret and for this, the man may need to consult the jeweler to find the best ring that will be of the right size as well as suit the woman’s taste. The diamond engagement ring may be the biggest purchase that a man will ever make for his partner so he will need to get all the right information about the diamonds and settings as well as size so that it will bedazzle the wearer.

To begin with, one should decide upon what shape would the partner prefer and these include round, oval, princess-cut, emerald-cut, Asscher-cut, marquise-cut, radiant-cut, pear-shaped as well as heart-shaped diamonds. In spite of so many different shapes to choose from, the most popular shape is the round diamond, followed by the princess-cut.

Following the selection of shape is the need to get the size of the ring that will be within your budget and for this; there will always be a lot of sizes available for every budget. Last, but in no way least, is the need to follow the four Cs of diamond quality and these are cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

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