The April Birthstone – Diamonds, the hardest most popular gemstone.

The April Birthstone – Diamonds, the hardest most popular gemstone.

Diamonds are 58 times harder than any other gemstone on earth. The can only be cut with other diamonds. They are the most popular gemstone for wedding rings but are an excellent choice for everyday wear. DIamonds historically are popular as a clear bright cut gemstone. In recent times however colors such as yellow, pink, blue and chocolate have become used widely and are just as durable and beautiful as their clear counterparts. Diamonds can and are used in just about any piece of jewelry. Historians believe that diamonds have been used and traded as early as 4BC.

Diamonds symbolize eternal and lasting love and harmony. This is why they are used widely in wedding rings and jewelry that symbolize love. Metaphysically they are used for healing and balance and are thought to help with blood toxins and brain healing. They first gained popularity in India, but now are world renowned and coveted. They are resistant to heat, they are extremely durable and are scratch resistant. As mentioned before they are cut with other diamonds. Diamonds truly are one of the greatest choices for any jewelry.

Moses Jewelers have custom designed hundreds of wedding and engagement rings with diamonds. We’ve pretty much used them in all jewelry pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fashion pieces, signet rings, and pendants. If you have the idea and desire for a diamond custom design, we are the experts. We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer financing.

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The circular diamond cut in jewelry and custom design

The circular diamond cut in jewelry and custom design

Diamond jewelers have attempted throughout history to make the best diamond cuts in order to increase the beauty and value of raw diamonds. There are many types of cuts that have achieved this goal, but perhaps none has been as popular nor important as the circular diamond cut. After many years and generations of diamond cutters, this did finally occur. The rough diamond cut became famous for its unique features and attractiveness to gem enthusiasts.

A circular shape, for a diamond, allows the gem to show off 58 beautiful sides, which are also more than any other kind of diamond cut. Due to this, the circle cut diamond, also known as brilliant round diamonds, are also very good light reflectors. They are the most popular diamonds on sale, and people search for them often. They make perfect engagement rings if that is what you’re after.

The circle cut is the most wearable of the diamonds, and this makes it the most popular choice for people. Whatever the build of the jewelry may be, the circle cut is an improvement to the visual appearance of the item. The bruting machine, invented in the late 1800s, made it so diamonds could be easily cut in the circular shape. Up until this point, diamonds had been cut in a cushion cut, and it wasn’t until this invention that circular cuts were feasible. These first circular cuts came to be known as European cut diamonds, and though they were the same cut as their modern counterparts, they were also much different than today’s round cuts.

Circle cut diamonds are usually sold for a higher price than other types of cuts. A reason for this price difference is because this gem’s roughness is usually taken away, which is expensive. Along with this, this kind of large, round diamond cut is in high demand very often, which makes them more expensive than they would otherwise be. They may be more costly, but they are extremely good choices for jewelry. They are visually appealing perfect fits that can be beautifully shown off if you ever wear them to any particular event. The circular cut diamond is a perfect choice for a custom-designed ring, pendant or earrings.

The History of the Diamond in Jewelry Design and Engagement Rings

The History of the Diamond in Jewelry Design and Engagement Rings

A person may have a thought at some point as to why diamond rings became the most popular way to symbolize engagement, especially since they can be costly. There are indeed many alternatives to this classic ring, however, the diamond engagement ring is still the standard and most deeply rooted choice. From 2800 BC onwards, it was tradition to symbolize a union between two people, as even before the modern day there was an instinct to find a symbol for this. Diamond engagement rings did not become the standard until somewhat recently, surprisingly, even with the history surrounding tokens with symbolic value.

The first recorded appearance of this ring was during the Renaissance. During ancient times before this point, the standard was two rings to symbolize marriage, a gold ring for the public, and an iron ring for more private areas, like the house. The practice continued as it became more customary until it was challenged as a tradition during the Middle Ages, where it was declared that there was to be a waiting period between receiving the ring and marriage. An idea of giving one special engagement ring, and then a second ring during the ceremony began to catch on. In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring inset with diamonds that formed an “M” shape, which was the first time this had been done. It then began to be used more often by people with higher social class.

Until the discovery of diamond mines in Southern Africa, the demand for this ring was terrible due to lacking in resources. The demand naturally increased exponentially with this discovery, and huge amounts of diamonds began being produced per year. However, this did not mean that they became cheaper. Diamond engagement rings were almost unattainable for those with financial hardship or limits, and this only became even more apparent after the Great Depression began. Their popularity quickly shrunk after they became unaffordable.

It only looked bleaker when research began suggesting that they were going out of style with younger people. Excess diamonds weren’t in use and the mines themselves were on the verge of shutdown. But in 1938, the diamond cartel De Beers created a marketing campaign that would forever change the public’s view of diamonds and diamond rings. Before this campaign, the demand was still abysmal. Their goal was to show that diamond engagement rings were affordable and some of the best choices for an engagement ring. This campaign began with making the 4 Cs of diamonds, cut, carats, color, and clarity, abundantly clear to people. Due to actions they took, diamond engagement rings became ever-present in media, and thus could be seen for their high value more often. This was precisely what they wanted, and by 1947, they introduced the phrase “A Diamond is Forever,” and the demand for diamond rings skyrocketed. By 1990, 80% of all engagement rings had diamonds in them. It may be surprising to note that they were standardized recently, and by a single company, as these rings are so intertwined with the modern societal culture at this point that they will forever remain the symbol that they have grown to be. Diamonds may be forever tied to special occasions, especially engagement rings and custom jewelry design.