Richter & Phillips Magazine 2020

T sparkling sensations

here’s certainly something attention grabbing about the flash of a diamond. But even that glow pales next to the passion behind the gift. For centuries, the diamond has been valued as the most precious of offerings, but what is it that makes these sparkling gems stand out in a crowd? For starters, the diamond is recognized as one of the most durable materials on the planet, an emblem of purity and perfection, and a symbol of the eternal. No wonder it has found itself enthroned as the run-away most popular symbol for most people’s deepest bond — the engagement ring.

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While the tradition of the engagement ring can reliably be traced as far back as ancient Rome, the first well- documented use of a diamond as a symbol of betrothal comes from the Renaissance. Archduke Maximilian of Austria began the tradition in Vienna in 1477. As the gift he presented upon his promised union to Mary of Burgundy, the diamond ring sparked a new sensation, as fashionable, high class socialites began likewise offering diamond rings to their loved ones. The rest, as they say, is history, as the diamond grew to become a well-recognized symbol of admiration and affection, being given in myriad forms, from gestures of loyalty and fidelity to pledges of undying love. DAZZLE YOURSELF with Diamonds Jewels by Jacob, Diamond Bracelet with 10.5 carat total weight of Diamonds set in 18k white gold $27,000.

Joshua J. Fine Jewelry, Antique-Inspired Starburst Platinum Earrings with 8.28 carat total weight of diamonds. Call for pricing.

Joshua J. Fine Jewelry, Captivating Diamond Bracelet with 43.72 carat total weight in diamonds. Call for pricing.

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