Diamonds are the most popular stone used in engagement rings, and although some people have begun to branch out and use diamond alternatives like moissanite, lab created diamonds, or other gemstones; diamonds still dominate the market. So why are diamonds so popular, and how did they become the engagement ring archetype?
Historically, diamonds were originally found in sediments of loose rock. Since the discovery of diamonds, India led the world in diamond production until the mid 18th century. The Renaissance period was the first point in time when diamonds were used as engagement rings.
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In 1477 the Archduke Maximilian gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond engagement ring. This was a trend that at that time became popular only really among royalty and the wealthiest members of society.
Diamond extraction from mining only started in the 1870s due to technology developments. Improved mining technologies means improved supply, and the demand for diamonds quickly escalated.
Only with this increased technology are we really capable on a broader scale of meeting a much greater level of demand. Diamonds are now at least somewhat attainable to a much broader class of people.
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In 1886 Charles Tiffany brought the modern diamond engagement ring setting to the masses in the form of the classic Tiffany setting that we still have today. Eleanor Roosevelt received a Tiffany diamond engagement ring from Franklin Roosevelt in the fall of 1903. That was only a little over a hundred years ago and now there has been such a massive shift in how diamond engagement rings are produced and purchased.
We really have Tiffany to thank for popularizing a look that we today still very much honor, respect and love. Nowadays, engagement rings can use whatever stones, be whatever color, and come from any design you want. We love the uniqueness of each person and their love story, especially when we are lucky enough to capture that story in an engagement ring design.
Browse our portfolio of one of a kind diamond engagement rings to get an idea of how we create engagement rings custom made to tell your love story. If you want to design your very own custom engagement ring– with or without a diamond– we’re here for you. Call us at 303-957-6502 or schedule an appointment online to come in for your free engagement ring consultation.