It is both a symbol of the couple’s love and a promise to keep the passion burning in their hearts. It’s the one piece of jewelry that has a tremendous impact on a woman’s life, next only to the wedding band that will soon adorn her finger.
Engagement rings have been traditionally given by a man to a woman during his proposal of marriage. The practice of presenting a ring to a future bride has been around since the ancient times; it has evolved through the Middle Ages, Renaissance era, and the 20th century to become the symbol of promise it is now today. It is now a common and popular practice for men to buy engagement rings for their fiancee, a prelude to wedding rings which both will wear after the marriage ceremony. Some women even opt to have the two rings soldered together, while other couples choose a wedding set to serve as both engagement and wedding ring. These days, engagement rings are most often associated with diamond rings. Thanks to a wildly successful marketing campaign by De Beers in the 20th century – and the use of the slogan “A Diamond is Forever” – the most popular gem used in these rings are precious diamonds. With its brilliance, luster, strength, and shine, the diamond has become the gem of choice for many women.
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It is beneficial to inform yourself about purchasing, due to the huge variety of materials used in jewelry making, each piece can require different wearing and caring instructions. This advice can help you in your search for some answers!
Keep your jewelry collection sparkling with a polishing cloth. This is a very easy way to make them shine and not have to use any type of potentially harmful chemicals. Use the dual-sided cloth to polish your jewelry as you would a delicate glass. Use one side to shine it and the other for improving its shine.
Keep your jewelry stored somewhere that is dry and doesn’t have any air flow. Air and humidity can cause the metals that the jewelry are made of all types.Precious metal jewelry can be polished to fix tarnish, but non-precious metal needs a special polish.
When you are shopping for jewelry in sterling silver, take along a good magnifying glass, along with a small magnet. You are able to detect fake pieces of sterling jewelry with a magnet, since non-precious metals are drawn to magnets. You will always find a hallmark stamp such as “.925″ or “STER.” on genuine sterling, or alternately,” “ster, “STERLING”. If there is no marking on the piece, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.
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