The first engagement rings were in Ancient Egypt. The space in the center of the ring represented a gateway while the circle represented a cycle that would never end. Today, diamond engagement rings are one of the greatest symbols of love. They represent to the world that two people want to spend the rest of their lives together.
Before a diamond is cut and polished, it is a rather unimpressive rough stone. The cut and polishing is what maks the brilliance of a diamond engagement ring stand out. There are four Cs that are used to determine the quality of a diamond.
As already mentioned, there is cut. The better cut a diamond is, the more brilliant it will be. Another of the four Cs is carat. The carat of a diamond is its weight, which is, obviously, the most scientific of the four Cs. A diamonds carat is simply a measurement. There is no comparison or judgment. One of the most famous diamonds in the world, the Hope Diamond, weights 45.52 carats. It is a blue diamond that is held in Washington D.C. in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
The third C is color. The best color for diamonds is colorless. The final C is clarity. Clarity has to do with little imperfections and marks on the diamond. The less there are, the better. A diamond engagement ring has a high quality if it fulfills all of the four Cs.
For more about this, go here: www.mervisdiamond.com