Friday, December 9, 2011

The Engaging Diamond Engagement Ring

Meet Mary of Burgundy, the first known recipient of a diamond engagement ring. In 1477, Maximilian I, the Holy Roman Emperor, her fiancé, sent her a magnificent ring as a pledge. The engagement ring or betrothal ring had been known since the Middle Ages, but Mary's was the first to feature this remarkable gemstone, even though diamond engagement rings didn't really become popular, until the mid to late 19th century.

Diamonds were prized from the earliest times - did you know that the very earliest printed book, way before Gutenberg and his printing press, was the 9th century Chinese Diamond Sutra? Diamonds have been said to possess all sorts of powers in addition to the power of their beauty. They were said to assure victory in battle to anyone wearing or carrying a diamond. They protected the wearer off the battlefield, too, against diseases such as the plague - and spells cast against someone wearing a diamond would fail, too. And did you know that it was once believed that if you swallowed a diamond, your throat would never be sore and scratchy?

But even if diamonds don't protect you from illness or help you win lawsuits and battles, their beauty and brilliance is enough to make them attractive as jewelry. And the diamond jewelry you enjoy wearing now will someday be a precious heirloom to pass down to your children.

Whiteflash diamond jewelry is particularly impressive. Whiteflash is the first company in the US to sell the gorgeous and very special Hearts and Arrows diamond as well as many "super ideal cut" diamonds - all available online. The Hearts and Arrows effect is seen in certain specially cut round brilliant cut diamonds. When cut this way, very precisely, you can actually see 8 hearts and 8 arrows in the diamond if you use special magnification. And Whiteflash is the only place to find these in the US.

 Whiteflash specializes in the round ideal cut diamond, a type that they are expert at producing and selling.  Also, Whiteflash can help get you that handcrafted one-of-a-kind engagement or wedding ring that you want, in platinum or gold; they have all sorts of custom designs and specialty jewelry, even engagement rings pave. You can even purchase loose diamonds, if you are a jewelry-maker and want to create your own piece.

There's a wide selection of terrific-looking diamonds which I've very much enjoyed looking at. I certainly will keep them in mind for when I sell a book and make some extra money - that would be just the time to treat myself, don't you think? And maybe my diamond will be like that of a long-ago princess from Luxembourg who, it is said, owned two diamonds which were able to reproduce themselves.* That would be something, wouldn't it?

*I found this tidbit (and a lot more besides, that I didn't have room to include) in the Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the World, by Cora Linn Daniels and C.M. Stevens, originally published 1903, reprinted in 2003.


Mae West NYC said...

Mae West said: "Diamonds is my career!"
Yes, another sparkling gem of a post by Lidian!!!

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Marcheline said...

This was a great and thought-provoking post! Here are my thoughts:

1. I suspect that whoever started the health rumor about swallowing diamonds had a recovery unit hired to rummage the outhouses.... ha!

2. I have never been interested in aspects of a gem which can only be seen under magnification, be it flaws or hearts and arrows. No one is ever going to sit around staring at a ring under magnification, so it doesn't matter. What matters most to me is the ring design, its age, and whether it speaks to me.

3. Even though I have been married for almost ten years and have my favorite ring in the world for an engagement ring, I still love to look at engagement rings! I especially love the companies that are doing retro art deco styles, with scrolled metalwork and tiered square settings with round stones.

4. I am going to try to get a copy of that encyclopedia of superstitions... my library demands it! 8-) Thanks for the hint!