You found your soul mate. So, now you need to find an engagement ring that she’ll love for the rest of her life. No pressure. Outside of buying your home or car, an engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime. It’s important to take a look under the hood – in person – because a diamond’s performance is really not something that can be captured with a photograph on a website.
To help you out before you enter a store, I’ve assembled some hard-won wisdom from the previous 4 generations at Shreve & Co. that will help you get what you want so you can feel as confident as possible when you get down on one knee.
More Than Just a Commodity
Diamonds are formed from carbon, in the earth’s molten interior. Occasionally, a large volume of magma may shoot toward the crust in a formation known as a “pipe”; some of those pipes contain pockets of carbon that have been formed into diamonds by the intense heat of the magma, which can exceed the temperature of the surface of the sun.
The resultant crystals are shaped like a pair of Egyptian pyramids bonded together. Rough diamonds are first cut in half to make the traditional pyramid shape, then cut and polished into finished gems.