Diamond Anniversary Rings

Anniversaries are observed to celebrate the commitment a couple has made to each other. Diamonds are traditionally given on either the 60th or 75th anniversary. Once a couple has reached the diamond anniversary; gold, china, pearls, and silver have all been given. What is left is one of the most valuable materials on the planet, diamond. Whether given for luck, or simply to celebrate a wonderful relationship, thought is given to anniversary gifts. Diamonds are always a good anniversary gift, no matter which year the couple is celebrating.

The first recorded anniversary gift giving was in medieval times. Historians have evidence that on the 25th anniversary, a silver wreath was given to the wife. The only other anniversary year celebrated was the 50th, on which the wife received a gold wreath. Originally, diamonds were the traditional gift on the 75th anniversary. This was also the last anniversary year that was celebrated. Then in 1897, England’s Queen Victoria celebrated the 60th anniversary of her reign with a Diamond Jubilee. This decision was influenced by the recent expansion into Africa and the increase of diamond mining by the British Empire. It was during the Victorian era that anniversary gifts began to be categorized by year.

The word “diamond” is originated in the Ancient Greek word “adamas”. This word has different meanings including; prosper, untamed, and unalterable. Diamond crystals were first mined in India over 6,000 years ago. They have also been discovered in archaeological digs where it was used as a tool for engraving by ancient civilizations.

Before 1937, only the major milestone anniversary years had gifts associated with them. Then the American National Retail Jewelry Association issued a list with gifts for every year of the first 15 anniversaries. The gifts are then listed every five years following until the 60th, which is the diamond anniversary. The list was updated over the years, with modern alternatives added. The gifts increase in value as the anniversary years get higher to represent the amount of time invested in the marriage.

While shopping for your diamond anniversary ring, consider the four C’s of diamond buying. These are color, cut, carat, and clarity. Naturally, diamonds are a light shade of yellow. When a diamonds color is graded, the degrees represent the whiteness of the stone. Color grades are alphabetical starting with the lowest “Z” and progressing to the highest color grade of “D”. The amount of natural color in the stone is how the grading is determined, the less color, the higher and the grade. Though color of stone is important, the cut makes the largest difference in the overall brilliancy.

The cut of a diamond is the most important factor for choosing a stone. A diamond that has a good cut will be have a better appearance than those that may have a higher grade color, carat weight, or even clarity. When choosing a diamond, this is the factor that should be given the most attention. The most popular diamond cuts are; emerald, round, and princess. Some other cuts available are; marquise, asscher, heart, oval, cushion, pear, drop, and radiant.

Most people consider carat weight the most important factor to determine diamond value. However, when a diamond is sized, carat weight can be misleading. To accurately measure a diamond’s size, the distance across the top of the stone is measured. This measurement is always performed while looking down on the stone. Since the stone will be viewed this way when set in a ring, it is important that the measurement match the end result. To measure carats, diamond points are also measured. A diamond with 100 points is considered to be one carat.

The clarity of a diamond is the measurement of any flaws in the stone, and their size. Flawless stones are extremely rare; in fact many high quality diamonds are flawed. This is because many of the imperfections are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, clarity is an area where people can save money on a diamond. Less expensive stones will be referred to as “eye clean.” This means that there are no visible flaws. These are considerably less expensive than a flawless stone. When cut and placed in a quality setting, this stone will not be distinguishable from one that is flawless.

Though diamonds is one of the hardest materials on earth, they can be damaged. Use care when doing household chores that may scratch or chip your stone. Choosing a quality setting for your ring will help prevent cracks. Have your ring inspected by a jeweler regularly to identify and repair any loose prongs. Cleaning your diamond ring can be done at home with alcohol and warm water. A soft toothbrush should be sufficient for removing dirt.

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