Why Are Diamonds Used for Engagement Rings?

Twist engagement ring and diamond
Twist engagement ring and diamond
Why diamonds are so popular for engagement rings – shown here with a twist engagement ring setting.

This is one of the questions occasionally asked about engagement rings :

Why are engagement rings typically set with diamonds?

I’m a keen blogger, and spend a lot of time reading and writing diamond articles online. Some of the articles bring into question the use of diamonds for engagement rings. They often question the associated cost. The cost of a diamond ring to a young couple starting out in life. Surrounded by the impending cost of building their lives together. I understand. I’ve been there myself and contrary to some peoples’ opinion, not all jewellers are there to sell expensive luxuries to those who cannot afford them. Some of us work to genuinely do their best for people. It’s not just about profit.

Engagement Rings and the Use of Diamonds.

Let us for a moment, forget the marketing campaigns of De Beers and look at diamonds objectively. Let us also put aside the ridiculous comments that diamonds are not the rare gemstone they are made out to be. You will find a great variation of facts, but realistically less than one fifth of the World’s mined diamonds are of gem quality. Then consider the smaller quantity that most people will accept for an engagement ring in terms of quality. They are really not that common as some would suggest. But why use a diamond for an engagement ring? The answer is fairly simple:

Diamonds are the hardest Substance

Diamonds are the hardest substance. Let us drop the science for a moment and simply look at two rings. Firstly a solitaire ring design set with a synthetic Cubic Zirconia. Secondly a diamond solitaire design. Only one of these diamonds will exhibit diamonds as sharply faceted in 25 years as the day they were cut. Recently I refurbished Old Cut diamond rings holding diamonds as beautifully cut now as they were over a Century ago. Diamonds endure. Diamonds are forever. It takes a great deal of heat or force to alter a gem quality natural polished diamond. Combined with the release of beauty once cut and faceted, it is understandable that they have become such a popular symbol of endurance, associated with love and commitment.

But what about Moissanite? Synthetic alternatives are tough?

Moissanite is man made. Diamond has formed naturally below the crust of the Earth, many Billions of years ago upto 120 miles below the Earth. Diamonds are a part of our Planet and a piece of our creation. The science of faceting diamond vastly precedes the marketing of DeBeers. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Moguls of India, the craft of diamond cutting has evolved with this natural substance. When we purchase a diamond, we purchase a gemstone that has been in existence from the creation of our planet.

Popular Alternatives for Engagement Rings

Alternative gemstones for engagement rings include Sapphires for very good reason. The hardness and physical qualities of Sapphires make the gemstone a popular natural gemstone alternative for diamonds, often at lesser cost with the added benefit of a greater array of colours for a lesser cost. Combining Sapphires and diamonds also makes good sense, working with contrasting colours, but similarly hard gemstones.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.