Published at Thursday, 26 September 2019. Wedding Ring. By Élisabeth Lamarre.
Due to the belief that a diamond engagement ring was a calming agent between man and wife, it was recommended as the stone to be set in wedding or engagement rings – not because of its beauty. It was described by Isidore of Seville as a small stone devoid of beauty. When you see a rough diamond, it could be easily mistaken for a piece of sea glass that has been roughened up by the waves on a beach for years.
You will be amazed to know that he is not the only male royal without a wedding band. Other than him, his grandfather, Prince Philip who has been married to the queen for 69 years, also doesn’t wear a ring and if you see photo timeline of their marriage, you will notice that he hasn’t for many years. Surprised? Well, don’t be, because men did not wear rings earlier, it was only during World War II that they started wearing rings as a reminder of their family back at home, while they were away fighting for their respective countries. It’s the women who have been wearing rings since the Egyptian times.
Colour: the ideal diamond is perfectly transparent. As a natural stone, virtually every diamond has minor structural or chemical imperfections which in turn alter its value. This is almost impossible to see by the naked eye but the colour clarity will be graded and allows for a range of affordability. Clarity: an inclusion is identified as a structural imperfection such as clouding, minuscule cracks or foreign material within the diamond. The variance in number, size, visibility and colour of these will impact the stones’ clarity.
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