ENGAGEMENT RING HISTORY ANCIENT EGYPT – 1940’S

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Engagement Ring History – Ancient Egypt to 1940’s 

The engagement ring dates back to the ancient Egyptians, if not earlier. This is how the ultimate symbol of love and commitment has evolved from then until the 1940’s.

The Egyptians have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, which was believed to be directly connected to the heart by a vein. Engagement rings were also used to some degree in ancient Rome.

Most historians would agree that the first use of a diamond ring to mark an engagement occurred in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with diamonds.

From the 1500’s there are references to engagement and wedding rings in Shakespeare’s plays, and in the 1600s and 1700s lovers in Europe often exchanged poesy or posy rings, silver or gold bands with a line of poetry or a love message engraved on the inside.

The Victorians often had romantic symbols such as hearts, flowers & bows incorporated in their engagement ring designs even snakes featured as they were seen as a symbol of eternity.

Towards the end of the Victorian era diamonds became a more popular feature.

In the early 1900’s engagement rings were a widely known custom, and due to the industrial revolution and a growing middle class in Europe and the U.S allowed fine jewellery to be within reach of more people than ever before. Edwardian engagement rings tended to incorporate ornate lacy designs using platinum.

From the 1920’s until the 30’s engagement rings took on more geometric designs, reflecting the love of Art Deco at that time. Incorporating stones cut with long lines such as the emerald cut and using coloured gemstones, such as rubies & sapphires.

During the 40’s despite World War II engagement rings were big and bold, featuring curved designs with ribbons, bow and flowers once again. Platinum was scarce due to the war effort, so gold was the more prominent precious metal.

 

 

 

 

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WHAT IS FLUORESCENCE IN A DIAMOND?

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – What is fluorescence in a diamond?

Fluorescence is a characteristic that makes some diamonds appear to change colour when they are exposed to ultra violet light that surrounds us every day in sunlight and the light produced by fluorescent light bulbs.

If a yellowish diamond fluoresces blue, the effect could be strong enough to mask the yellow tint when viewed under a jewellery shop’s fluorescent bulbs. You might be surprised by the diamond’s true yellowish colour when you look at it at home under different lighting.

A strong fluorescence brings diamond prices down, sometimes quite a bit, since yellowish tinted diamonds are less desirable than whiter stones.

The presence of fluorescence is checked in each and every diamond that Arlington & Co. use.

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Most fluorescence is subtle. You will not see it as a true colour change, just a slight shift in tone. However, the difference could make a diamond ring with multiple stones seem out of balance if some of the stones fluoresce and others do not, or if they fluoresce different colours.

Arlington & Co. only accept nil to very faint fluorescence in respect of any diamond.

 

SAY YES! TO COLOUR

Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Say YES! To colour.

Say YES! to colour.  At Arlington & Co. we hold in stock a vast selection of hand made coloured gemstone engagement rings. Blues, reds, and greens are very popular, if you have a different colour in mind for your engagement ring why not pop in for a consultation with one of our sales team to discuss your specifications.

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FANCY SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Fancy Solitaire Engagement Rings.

Some engagement ring inspiration…..

A classic engagement ring is sometimes thought to be one solitary diamond generally round in shape in a claw setting. However, there are so many designs to choose from nowadays. Why not consider a design with some sparkle added to the shoulders for something still classic but a little bit different.

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AURELIA CUT DIAMONDS

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Aurelia Cut Diamonds.

The Aurelia Cut Diamond is an exquisite combination of brilliance and subtlety.

A three year collaboration between Arlington & Co. and one of Europe’s leading diamond-cutting families has produced a diamond cut of exceptional beauty – the Aurelia Cut.

This remarkable demonstration of the diamond cutters art has combined the radiance and scintillation of the Princess Cut with the softness and femininity of the Cushion Cut.

Only at Arlington & Co. is one able to acquire an example of this most beautiful of gems.

 

 

10 TOP TIPS FOR BUYING RINGS

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Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – 10 Top Tips For Buying Rings.

1. When you are about to invest in something as precious as a wedding ring, it is important to give a lot of thought to the styles and materials that you feel may suit you.

2. Every couple has their own budget in mind. Know yours so that you can be sure of what you can both achieve once you have started looking around.

3. It is important that choosing your rings is a shared experience, one where you should be fully satisfied with the wedding rings you have both chosen.

4. Be prepared to be surprised by what you see when you start  looking for your wedding ring. With so many new and innovative designs, you may set your heart on something quite different from what you had always imagined.

5. Brides-to- be will always wonder if their wedding ring will sit well with their engagement ring. Whatever it’s shape or size, and if it is made to fit correctly, your wedding ring will only stand to complement and enhance the beauty of your engagement ring.

6. If you wish to have diamond detail added to your ring/s, ensure you get good advice from a reputable jeweller. It is important that the quality of the diamonds in your ring are equally matched to those of your engagement ring.

7. Time is of the essence. Some ring designs can take up to eight weeks to produce so try to allow yourselves as much time as possible before your special day.

8. A great follow up service is a must. This establishes trust and shows good practice. Your jeweller must offer this support.

9. All diamonds at Arlington & Co. are conflict free, which means you can wear the rings with pride. All jewellers should be able to provide suitable confirmation to this aspect of their supply.

10. Learning how to care for your wedding ring is an important part of the buying service. The team at Arlington & Co. will show you how to maintain your new rings, so that they look beautiful forever.