The Egyptians were the first to wear a ring on the fourth finger of the left hand, believing the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.
The Romans gave a plain iron hoop, symbolizing the cycle of life and eternity. The ring also served as a public pledge that a marriage had been contracted and would be honoured.
The ancient Romans thought diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth. The ancient Greeks thought diamonds were tears of the gods.
In 1477, the diamond engagement ring made its first appearance, given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria.
A Canadian chapter in diamond history
From the northern wilds of Canada, there is a new source of light. The Aurias diamond. Only the finest stones from this mine earn the privilege of keeping the Aurias name. These are the only Canadian diamonds to be rated ‘triple ideal’, certifying them with the world’s top designation.
The four carat’s
Clarity: This is the degree to which the stone is free from internal flaws (inclusions). (Aurias diamonds are rated S12 or better, which represents stones with no visible inclusions.)
Cut: The shapes affect the brilliance. (Aurias diamonds are precisely cut and polished so every stone earns the highest possible AGS triple-ideal rating.)
Carat: This is the weight, and that determines size. One carat = 100 pts. (Aurias diamonds are in sizes of one-third carat or larger.)
Colour: Colour grading ranges from D (colourless : the most expensive) to Z. (Aurias diamonds are available in grades of D through H.)
Diamonds attract oil and grease, such as soap film. Maintain the brilliance with regular cleaning.