Engagement rings are something very special. Men in Washington DC and all over the world, love to give them to their special women and women love to brag about the fabulous rock their significant other has bestowed upon them. They’re fun to shop for and even more fun to own and here are 7 things you might not know about these lovely pieces of jewelry.
1. Diamond Means “Invincible” in Greek.
The actual term is “adamant”. This reputation is earned due to the virtually indestructible nature of the stones. They really will cut glass and industrial grade diamonds are used for drilling through some of the hardest materials in the earth.
2. Conflict or “Blood Diamonds” Are a Real Problem
In some parts of the world, diamonds are mined at the expense and suffering of others. In addition, money from the sales are used to finance terrorism. This is why it is important to only buy diamonds from jewelers who adhere to the Kimberly Process and do not sell blood diamonds.
3. Not Always on the Left
Although just about everyone in Washington DC wears engagement rings on the left hand, this is not true in all parts of the world. For example, if you travel to India or Russia, you will see theses rings adorning the right hands of women and this can take some getting used to.
4. Valentine’s Day is Not the Most Popular Time to Get Engaged
Jewelers report December is the time when most people make this major life decision and decide to go shopping for rings. However, mid February is still quite trendy.
5. Eternity Bands are Becoming Very Popular
Many people are seeing the benefits in discussing eternity rings when the subject of marriage comes up. In fact, they are considered to be a viable alternative today to wedding bands, and may be worth checking out.
6. Round Diamonds are Still “In”
Although many people are choosing princess, cushion and emerald cut diamonds, the round cut is still the most popular. It’s hard to match the fire and brilliance from a perfectly cut round diamond, and they remain the most accepted choice today.
7. Yellow Diamonds are Fashionable
More and more people are turning to fancy colored diamonds for engagement rings in the Washington DC area and yellow has been very popular with celebrities in the past years. You will see them on the left hands of famous women like Kelly Clarkson, Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few.