As anyone can tell from the platinum engagement rings range you’ll find with even the most innocent of google searches, both platinum and the solitaire ring are in for engagements. Did you know, though, that a ring like the solitaire has been involved in the engagement process since ancient Egypt?
Despite this, it found its heyday in the Royal Courts of Europe in the medieval and later eras. Of course, the large diamond and gemstone needed for the center setting meant that the rings were only within the reach of the incredibly rich. The poor contented themselves with plain rings, known as poesy rings, which were inscribed with messages of love. The sentiments were usually drawn from popular poems of the day. As America grew and flourished, colored gems like emeralds, opals and turquoise became the flavor of the day- but not for the romantic reasons you may suppose! The engagement ring was there to act a financial recompense in the event the engagement was broken.
Of course, the modern engagement ring symbolizes happier times. It’s an invention of Tiffany and Co, the famous diamond house, from 1886, and they are usually credited with the invention of the modern solitaire. It was raised in a claw like 6 prong mount to fully exhibit the luster of the stone, rather than in a bezel and inset as had been previously done.
The diamond still wasn’t the de facto rock, however, until diamond company DeBeers started their ‘Diamonds are Forever’ campaign in 1947. Capitalizing on growing wealth in the wake of the last World War, the campaign was an immediate success and solidified the diamond as the gemstone of choice for brides everywhere.
If you ask people to think of diamonds, you usually are taken straight to the classic round diamond style. It’s the classic solitaire that everyone, from cartoonist to day dreaming girls, pictures when you say the name. However, the modern solitaire ring has evolved far beyond only that one cut, and there’s a wealth of styles to explore to suit any taste. Almost all of the diamond cuts that are available can be used to great effect in a solitaire. Remember, the more facets in the cut, the brighter a sparkle you will receive.
The good news is, settings have also evolved, and there’s several different methods of setting within the solitaire ring available to the modern bride. If you work with your hands a lot, or if you are very high energy, you may wish to choose a lower profile then the traditional Tiffany and Co prong setting, for something safer that’s less likely to be damaged or knocked around. Remember that platinum is a tougher, less easily scratched and harder wearing metal then the traditional gold. It also showcases clear color diamonds slightly better, as they won’t be as prone to picking up reflected color as they will from a gold band.
The solitaire has earned its place in the hearts and minds of people everywhere, and there’s little wonder it remains a fan favourite today.