Love is one of the most powerful and sought-after things on the planet. Humankind has come a long way in the relatively short amount of time that our species has been around, from the invention of the wheel to the invention of the airplane. Science and medicine has propelled us forward down the lane of discovery and progress, and yet there is still so much to learn about interaction with each other and the ultimate goal that so many seek: finding love.
Society perpetuates ideas and certain interpretations of love in a certain light, which can often confuse things for individuals further. But for those individuals lucky enough to have found the person who they want to spend their life with, there is plenty of excitement and joy to look forward to, including that magical moment of first laying eyes on the perfect engagement ring.
Celebrating love with timeless beauty
Marriage is not for everyone. Love can look different for everyone, and each case varies vastly from the next. Some love is celebrated quietly, others shout it from the rooftops. Some find more meaning in a strong love without the tradition of marriage, and for others marriage is the ultimate goal. For those whose love does lead to marriage, getting the engagement ring is one of the major milestones of the relationship, marking the intention to seal the deal. And just as exciting as searching through engagement rings for the perfect sparkle that stands out above the rest is finding the perfect set of wedding rings.
Though small tokens, the beautiful rings that are picked out possess more than just aesthetic beauty. The inherent beauty of the rings comes from what they represent: the style and story of those wearing them, and the expression of love and companionship between them.
Making the right selection
While it can be certainly be exciting to set out to find the perfect ring, it can sometimes also be a bit of a daunting task. This is why it is a great idea to visit several different jewelers until you find one that you feel comfortable with, and will be able to rely on for sound advice. Some people are very particular when it comes to the type of ring that they are looking for, and others don’t have much in mind other than hoping that the perfect stone for their significant other will speak up when they lay eyes on it.
A knowledgeable, trustworthy jeweler will be able to steer you in the right direction regardless of your level of expertise. Ideally, if you wander into a jewelry shop without a clue, you will at least wander out knowing the “4 C’s” of determining a diamond’s value, which are the color, carat, clarity, and cut.
Shifting diamond trends
Diamonds are highly sought after stones, and carry quite a bit of symbolism, from being a girl’s best friend to immortalizing love, to representing something strong and resilient. There has been quite a bit of controversy about the methods that these precious stones are acquired from the earth, and the initial source of the diamond should concern every diamond shopper. This should especially ring true in the United States, leads the world in diamond purchases, at 35% of the entire diamond production of the world. However recent trends show that there has been a shift to this consciousness of social responsibility, as at least 80% of millennials say that they would be happy with diamonds grown in a lab.
Whether you are searching for an engagement ring to celebrate your love, or you just want a bit of extra dazzle, do your research and a bit of shopping around before the big purchase. Your perfect bit of sparkle and shine will find you, but make sure you know what you are looking at so you don’t get swept away with the first beautiful thing that catches your eye!