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February 12, 2008, 3:03 pm
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engagement ring as there are reasons for deciding when to pop the
question. While modern day jewelers struggle to offer customers
something unique and contemporary, the bride-to-be may be more
inclined to appreciate the style and inherent charm of an antique.
Another perfectly acceptable reason for purchasing antique engagement
rings is they often offer buyers a better quality diamond at a lower
price than purchasing a new ring.
Before beginning your search for the perfect wedding ring, it is best
to ask yourself a few questions.
Do you know about the four C's?
The four C's are the criteria professionals use to determine the value
of a diamond.
"Clarity takes into account the number, character, and visibility of
flaws within the stone. These are often referred to as inclusions. The
fewer inclusions, the better the quality of the stone."
Carat is the size or weight of the diamond. The larger the stone, the
higher the cost. An advantage to buying antique engagement rings is
that in the 1930s and 1940s jewelers often compensated for a smaller
sized diamond by setting it in an intricately designed white gold,
square-shaped box. These made the stone appear larger.
"Color is a matter of taste. Modern-day standards put a higher value
on a clear diamonds, as a rule. In the past, buyers wanted their
diamonds to reflect a rainbow of colors, soft pinks, yellow, or green
tints. While colored diamonds are still available today, they were
considered more valuable in the past. It is also important to note
that many of the modern colored diamonds are artificially altered to
enhance the color."
Cut is also a matter of taste and another reason antique engagement
rings may be the best answer. Over the years, the preference of cut
has changed. Additionally, a laser now