Diamond earrings are a fantastic gift for any occasion. And their beautiful green colour when matched with classic diamonds really brings out the beauty of any piece they are set into. Emerald is actually composed of the material Beryl that is coloured by very small amounts of chromium.
Like diamonds, an emerald’s value is determined by the four Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat. And of course rarer examples with a higher clarity and carat weight will be inherently more expensive.
Emerald earrings can be bought in different styles like studs, hoops and drops. And with lots of different materials that they can be set into the choice is endless. Most emerald earrings feature a number of stones so dazzle brilliantly when they catch the light.
Simple emerald studs can be worn with a quite classic style, but for a dressier occasion you could choose emerald earrings highlighted with diamonds to create a sophisticated but trendy look.
Every woman should have different types of earrings in their jewellery collection and whilst diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, emeralds are an understated challenger to the crown.
The eternity ring is intended to be a symbol of eternal love. These rings can be dated back as far as 4000BC when they were gifted to love ones to show your everlasting love for each other.
Nowadays, they continue to be a gift given to show love for each other or to celebrate the birth of your first child. Whatever the occasion you are sure to find the right sapphire eternity ring for you.
There are so many different designs and styles of eternity rings it can be difficult to know where to start. It is worth knowing what style you are after before you start shopping. The two different types of eternity ring are the full and the half eternity ring. A full ring has precious stones going all the way around the band, whereas the half as you would expect only has stones for half the band. Half eternity rings are the most popular as full eternity rings are usually more expensive!
These stones can be just diamonds or a preferred choice is a sapphire and diamond eternity ring. The stones are typically set into the ring so to give a flush appearance and to ensure that the stones do not get caught on items of clothing etc.
Have Prince William & Kate Middleton got engaged?
Kate Middleton sparked rumours of a Royal engagement when she was spotted at the weekend with a ring on her engagement finger.
The long-standing girlfriend of Prince William was supporting him on Saturday as he played in a match at the Beaufort Polo Club, Gloucestershire. Middleton, 27, arrived wearing two rings on her right hand but at some point during the day she slipped away and returned having moved one of the rings to the fourth finger of her left hand.
Onlookers believe she may have done this to signify that William had proposed to her but this has so far remained unconfirmed.
If Prince William has popped the question everyone will be dying to know if he has opted for a sapphire and diamond engagement ring like his parents or gone for the more traditional diamond solitaire ring. We’ll keep you posted.
How to Wear an Engagement Ring
It can differ from country to country which finger you are supposed to wear your engagement ring on.
Traditionally in the UK and Ireland, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is in line with the tradition thought to be from the Romans who believed that this finger was the beginning of the vena amoris or “vein of love”, the vein that leads to the heart.
However, in some European countries it is the custom for the engagement ring to be worn on the fourth finger of the right hand.
Sometimes which hand you wear your engagement ring on is a matter of religion. Jewish couples often place the wedding ring on the right hand during the marriage ceremony and wear it on the left hand post-ceremony. Some Greek Orthodox Christians wear the wedding band on the right hand in keeping with religious tradition, however it often comes down to personal preference nowadays.
After marriage the engagement ring is typically worn on the same finger as your wedding band, and should sit above it on your finger. However this mainly comes down to personal preference.
The Newly Hallmarked Palladium Creates Beautiful Wedding Rings at The Diamond Store
Palladium finally became recognised as a precious metal when on July 22nd 2009 hallmarking for the bright, white metal came into effect. The hope is that this move will encourage further consumer confidence in palladium which has already enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity.
First discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, palladium was named after the asteroid Pallas which in turn derived its name from the Greek goddes Pallas Athena. As a result it is a depiction of this goddess of war which is used as a voluntary traditional mark for hallmarked palladium. The different standards of palladium fineness will be measured as 500 parts per thousand, 950 parts per thousand and 999 parts per thousand.
As one of the platinum group metals, palladium shares the same chemical properties as platinum which gives it its’ lustrous colour and tarnish-free surface. However because it is less dense with a lower melting point, it is cheaper. This means that jewellery consumers fond of platinum but not the prices have in palladium the perfect alternative, which thanks to the new hallmarking now comes with the industry’s seal of approval.
The Diamond Store have been using palladium for some time to create beautiful woman’s wedding rings and men’s wedding rings and welcome the hallmarking which will help to encourage public awareness of this splendid metal.