Tradition plays an important part in every culture. Diamonds can be bought, whether as part of a necklace, a ring, a bracelet or any other piece of jewellery.
Diamond rings, however, have always been reserved as engagement pieces. With diamond engagement rings being part of tradition for a long time, it comes with a long list of myths that are mostly not true or no longer followed. What are these misconceptions? Read below to find out.
1. Diamonds are rare stones, making them very precious.
In general, diamonds are not rare. In fact, it is one of the most commonly found gemstones on earth. There are plenty of other rarer stones than diamonds, like emeralds, rubies and sapphires. However, certain types of diamonds are rare, such as blue and pink diamonds.
Perhaps, you are wondering why they are so expensive if they are not rare at all. The demand is a significant factor that affects the pricing of diamond rings. Other factors that go into the pricing are the mining, cutting and the process of creating the diamond jewellery, making each piece truly a work of art.
2. It should cost three months’ worth of salary.
In this day and age, there is no definite rule for engagement rings. The belief that an engagement ring should cost three months’ worth of salary is outdated and rarely followed in today’s era.
Any jeweller will surely say only spend the amount you are comfortable spending on a ring. Some people save for years to get the ring of their dreams, while others buy it on a whim. Just do whatever you think is appropriate and will serve you better in the long run.
3. A custom-made diamond engagement ring is more expensive.
Many people are surprised to find out how much savings they get from customizing a ring than purchasing an off-the-rack one. Most custom jewellery makers can modify a ring to meet your budget.
Moreover, custom-made engagement rings are like no other. Customizing allows you to create a ring design that is only yours. It will also save more money on alterations if the ring does not fit the wearer’s size or style preference.
4. Diamonds are indestructible.
While diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth, this does not follow that they do not chip or break. The gemstone’s hardness only measures the stone’s resistance to scratching—not breaking.
Therefore, if doing any strenuous work, make sure to remove your diamond ring to prevent it from chipping or breaking.
5. Lab-made diamonds are not real diamonds.
Lab-made diamonds are real diamonds. They are chemically and physically similar to those that are mined. If you compare a lab-made diamond from an earth-made one, you surely cannot tell which is which. The only difference they have is only their origin.
One of the best things that this world has is that it is constantly evolving. Perhaps, many of these myths are true before but are no longer practised today. The rules have evolved into having no rules at all, providing more options for personality, budget and design.