The Beginners Guide To Jewelry (Chapter 1)

Moissanite Rings: The Pretty Yet Practical Engagement Rings Engagements are happy occasions and romantic enough to make you want to believe in love again. This particular joyful moment deserves only the best. Finding a special venue and choosing the perfect ring is a must. The History of Engagement Rings Ancient Egyptians and Romans were known to use engagement rings during proposals and weddings. Circles were significant to the former because they see them as symbols of eternity.
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Couples at that time in ancient Egypt gave rings made out of braided reeds. These rings were worn on the left hand ring finger because, apparently, it had a vein that connected directly to the heart, named the Vena amoris.
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Afterwards, ancient Romans created the tradition of giving betrothal rings to eliminate the giving of bride money or dowry. This tradition, though, signified ownership more than love. The bride will be provided with a gold ring by the groom which she should wear during the betrothal ceremony and on special events. She will also be given an iron ring to wear at home as symbol of her binding legal agreement to her husband. It was only centuries later that diamond rings were used. In 1477, the use of a diamond ring for engagement was first recorded. An archduke from Austria proposed to his beloved named Mary with a ring that was set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds that formed the letter “M.” It was only in the recent years, as recent as 1982, that diamonds were catapulted as the must-have engagement ring. Furthermore, the “tradition” was only a marketing campaign by British businessmen operating South African diamond mines. They employed the help of movie idols to use diamonds as symbols of indestructible love. Agencies also fed the public with stories of how diamonds were used by these movie idols to prove their love to their significant others. A Pretty Yet Practical Alternative Moissanite is a rare mineral that is not so popular. Still, it is an attractive but affordable alternative to diamonds. This is the term provided for naturally occurring silicon carbide and its various crystalline polymorphs. Moissanite is known for its hardness, optical properties and thermal conductivity. Diamonds vs. Moissanite Diamonds can emit different colors but classic moissanite rings cannot. These moissanite rings do project a yellow or green hue under particular lighting. Moissanite may not be as hard as diamonds but it comes close. It has a score of 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness while diamonds scored 10. Moissanite engagement rings are a good alternative to diamond rings in terms of price. Other choices are sapphires and emeralds, which can also withstand the test of time.