Diamond engagement rings have been around since 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria offered a rough diamond set in an elaborate gold setting to his lady love, Mary of Burgundy. Since that time diamond engagement rings have become the standard offering by a man when asking for a woman's hand in marriage.
The three stone ring is one of the most magnificent gifts presented in current day proposals. Symbolizing the past, present and future, the three diamonds used in these rings are carefully selected to compliment each other through their cut and proportions. The center stone is generally slightly larger than the two stones that are on either side of it. Round, oval, princess, and emerald cut diamonds are traditionally used for these rings.
Settings for three stone diamond engagement rings are available in yellow gold, white gold and platinum. These settings are designed to showcase all three of the diamonds used in the ring. Diamonds are mounted to allow the maximum amount of light to be filtered through the gems for the ultimate in brilliance.
When selecting a three stone diamond ring, it is important to understand that you are selecting three unique diamonds that are each valued based upon the Four C's: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight. The carat weight is the least important factor out of these four, since the color, clarity and cut will determine each stone's sparkle.
For most people, choosing diamonds often comes down to how many carats you can afford. The bigger the better! This kind of thinking should be avoided.
Two diamonds of equal carat weight can appear to be of different sizes, due to their cut. Deciding on a cut you like and then learning as much as you can about individual diamond's color and clarity, will allow you to reap the reward of a beautiful diamond engagement ring.
When seeking a three stone ring, you've got your work cut out for you. First, it is important to locate a reputable jeweler. Be aware that anyone can call themselves a jeweler or gemologist. Word of mouth is an excellent way to locate someone, but if you want a bit more security for such an important purchase, deal only with those individuals who are members of the American Gem Society (AGS). The AGS requires its members to be tested annually and uphold certain standards of conduct in their business dealings.
The AGS awards the titles of Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist Appraiser and Master Gemologist Appraiser to individuals who are tested annually on their abilities and meet the AGA's ethical standards.
The Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) is a step above the Registered Jeweler in that this individual can appraise a gem's value and is considered an expert in his or her field. A Master Gemologist Appraiser (MGA) is a very rare individual who is at the top of his profession and others look to for their knowledge. There are only a handful of MGA's in the United States. Both the CGA and the MGA can be trusted to accurately and honestly appraise diamonds.
After you have located your jeweler and are confident that you will receive accurate information, it's time to select your three stone diamond engagement ring. If you are concerned about possible flaws or inclusions in each individual stone, then consider purchasing loose stones to have a ring made. By doing this, each stone can be completely examined without a setting covering up any part of the diamond. However, if this is not an issue for you, it's time to select a diamond cut, setting, and carat weight.
Regarding cut, round brilliant cut diamonds will tend to be less expensive than other shapes because they are the most common cut and are easily made. However there is one exception worth mentioning. For diamonds weighing over one carat, round cut diamonds are currently in high demand and supplies are limited. Any diamond that is a cut or size that is currently popular will always have a higher price tag than other available diamonds.
The price of your diamond three stone engagement ring will also be determined by the setting. Platinum is the most expensive metal used, but also the hardest and most durable. White gold is a less expensive alternative to platinum, with yellow gold being the traditional favorite. A setting should enhance the diamond's beauty, while also confidently securing the diamonds to the ring.
You have now purchased your three stone diamond engagement ring. The ring that represents your relationship: past, present and future. The proposal is near and your stunning engagement ring will surely impress, so are you ready to hear: "Yes"?