Thursday, 18 February 2016

Sparkling Celebrations

The use of engagement rings dates back to cavemen, they tied cords of braided grass to their mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist. One of the first recorded uses of a diamond engagement ring, was Archduke Maximilian of Austria. He proposed to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 with a ring that was set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M.”

Why you may ask am I sharing my limited historical knowledge with you. Well I was delighted to hear that my best friend's valentine's weekend was a great success and she returned from Paris an engaged woman. Hooray!

Having very little knowledge about diamonds, I was surprised to hear my husband is something of an expert. Apparently he did a lot of research, this is what I've learnt:

When choosing the perfect diamond for your engagement ring there are four C's to consider; Cut, Clarity, Colour, and Carat.
  • The cut determines a diamond's shape and brilliance. A well-cut diamond reflects light and sparkles. 
  • Clarity refers to the purity of a diamond. Most diamonds have internal blemishes known as "inclusions," but high quality stones have no visible marks and are considered flawless. 
  • The highest quality diamonds are colourless. 
  • The weight, or size, of the diamond is measured in carats. The more carats a diamond has, the more expensive it will be.
Expert advice aside, I think most importantly you have to love it. I'm pleased to say the boy did good and she is wearing a stunning sparkler on her third finger which she loves.

Other not so exciting news is that our so called 'watertight' roof was not water resistant. Our romantic valentines’ weekend was interrupted by a waterfall pouring through our bedroom ceiling. Nothing cools the passion quite so much as a small flood.

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