Irrespective of whether you choose to wear it as a mark of celebration or remembrance, a ring, is by far, the most popular piece of jewellery. While the exact timeline is unknown, the tradition of exchanging finger rings roughly dates back to over 6,000 years ago, clearly indicating that the tradition was dear enough to withstand the test of time.
Today it might also be one of the biggest and most cherished jewellery investments you’re likely to make in your life, which is why we’ve taken painstaking care to educate you on your quest to discovering the perfect memorial diamond ring. We’ve put together pieces of information that we believe will bring you closer to finding the ring of your dreams.
A brief peek into world history will tell you that rings- made from shells, stones, and even bones- survives and predates prehistoric times. To the Ancients, a ring was a symbol of love and power. It was rare and so was it spiritual and magical.The knowledge of metals and gemstones (gold and diamond in particular) were an integral part of spiritual and social ascension to our ancestors.
Rings in specific, were extremely popular -so much so that there were specific rules that were strictly observed in the fashion of rings. While plain signets and bronze rings could be worn on either hand, stone-studded rings were firmly reserved for the left hand.
Clearly, these ornaments were, and still are a universal form of adornment- a symbol of love, health, power, protection, and status so to speak. It is no wonder then that people exercised a great deal of effort in mastering the art of working with these treasures. In time, they networked sophisticated techniques to make some of the most elaborate and intricate ornaments.
Although the diamond was first discovered in India, it soon found its way into the caravans that travelled to Western Europe. In fact, many believe that it was the Victorians who popularized ornate diamond ring designs.
The start of the 18th century saw the exchange of diamonds like never before. Brilliantly-cut diamonds sparkled and dominated jewellery design. Jewellers incorporated antique and traditional designs with diamonds and gemstones so as to craft out some of the most beautiful and fashionable motifs.
Over the years, the frontiers of ring designs have been continually redefined. Avant-garde jewellers continue to break conventions by exploring designs that embrace both beauty as well as ease of wear.
Today, the popular round cut – which consists of 58 facets that categorize the stone into a top and bottom half- joins the likes of the princess cut, the emerald cut, and the oval cut to give the consumer a wide range of options to choose from.
Although particularly unclear, the first synthetic diamond dates back to the 1950’s. Memorial diamonds gained their popularity much later and have been in vogue only since the early 2000’s.
Just as a real diamond symbolizes eternity, a memorial diamond allows a relative to treasure the cremation remains of a loved one forever. Given the contrasting qualities of a pure, precious, and clean diamond to that of a neglected and poorly maintained grave, people who have a close relationship with the dead often resort to memorial diamonds as a way of keeping the deceased close to them.
While engagement and wedding rings continue to dominate the world of rings, memorial rings aren’t far behind and are becoming quite the popular trend lately. In fact, people from all walks of life are beginning to look at memorial rings as a way to seal their love for a special one. In essence, there’s no better way to treasure the memories of a lost one than to capture their essence in a ring for eternity.
While most natural diamonds are formed deep within the depths of the earth’s mantle, memorial diamonds are genuine and certified jewellery level diamonds that are grown in laboratories. Most memorial diamonds resemble the appearance of a blue diamond but come in other colours too.
Since diamond is a mineral that comprises of 99.9% carbon and since the human body consists of 20% of carbon, memorial diamonds are created by isolating the carbon content from crematorium remains. They emulate the physical and chemical properties of a natural diamond and are created by simulating the ambient environment of a naturally-extracted diamond.
However, given the fact that they’re artificial, they aren’t considered equal and cost relatively lesser than their natural siblings. A gemmological screening can distinguish the authenticity of natural diamonds from memorial diamonds.
Engagement rings accommodate a more elaborate and multifaceted design, allowing for multi-stoned settings. Although memorial diamonds mimic the appearance of natural diamonds used in engagement rings, the design of a memorial ring is generally more minimalistic and plain. The design therefore emphasizes on a main stone that holds the essence of the memorial (crematorium remains or hair in this case).
Memorial diamond rings are a symbol of love, loyalty, purity, and eternity. It is no wonder then that they are as popular as they are. Encapsulating the physical remains of your loved ones, memorial diamond rings provide a tangible source to feel and experience the presence of your loved ones long past their physical existence has left you. In essence, your memorial diamond ring reflects the unique spirit of your lost one and can be just what you need to establish a long-lasting connection with them.
Our memorial diamond rings come in a variety of designs. While we recommend simple settings such as the prong, bezel or tension settings for ease of wear, we believe settings such as the pave and halo settings will give your diamonds a more dazzling effect.
We put this at the very top of our list as it is the most classic and common ring settings of all time. A prong is a small metal claw that is used to grip a diamond firmly.A typical prong setting can feature anywhere between four and six individual prongs. The design minimizes the presence of metals while allowing bright light to enhance the sheer brilliance of the sparkling diamonds.
The Tiffany setting is the most extraordinary prong setting without a doubt.In 1886, leading jewellers- Tiffany & Co.- came up with a six-prong solitaire setting that minimized the reflection of light on a diamond. As expected, this design gained immense popularity and is famously patented as the tiffany setting. The design stands apart as a result of the specific prongs and knife-edge shaft used. While there may be many versions of this design, none emulate the perfection and intricate design of the original.
As on the list, the bezel setting is the second most popular ring setting. It’s modern and chic design encircles the diamond within a thin metal rim. While a full bezel encircles the diamond completely, a partial bezel exposes the sides open. Not only does this simple and effective design hold the diamond in place but it also allows the stone to shine in all its glory.
Popularly called as the floating or suspended setting, the tension setting, as the name suggests, uses tension to magically suspend diamonds from a ring- almost as if the stone was floating or suspended from a point in the ring itself. Known for its radically different and unique design, this setting enhances the color and brightness of your diamond, making it stand out from the crowd.
The Pave setting sets together smaller diamonds with minimal metal exposure; thus, making the setting appear as one big rock. The setting showcases a cluster of smaller and tightly packed diamonds as a single stone. This design is highly appealing while setting smaller or less sparkly stones.
Extremely appealing, the halo setting arranges a cluster of diamonds in a concentric circle or square, usually surrounding a single center stone. The clustered setting enhances the overall appeal and size of a ring, making it appear larger in size. What’s more, the setting increases the overall sparkle of the ring too, thus making it an extremely popular setting among people.
To begin with, a memorial diamond is already a personalized souvenir of your purest love and deepest remembrance. In an attempt to give you more options, Lonite proposes five other ways to further customize your love.
The beautiful heart-shaped ring can be the perfect memorial ring design to remember your loved one. The design encapsulates the memories of your loved one in a symbolic heart shaped diamond. Noted for its simple and symbolic appearance, this design is a beautiful way of remembering your loved one. What’s more, Lonitécan also provide heart shape memorial diamond cuts under your special request.
Designed to capture the essence of a lost loved one, the vial design takes the concept of holding that someone special close to you to another level.
A vile is a small charm (in this case, it’s made out of a memorial diamond) that has a tiny opening. In this design, the memorial diamond (made from the remains of your loved one) has a small sealable opening into which you can insert tiny contents that your loved one used before their death.
The contents inside the vial (made out of a colourless memorial diamond) can be sealed and seen from the outside. This design allows you to add precious contents into the sealable vial capsule. Extremely unique, this design carefully treasures the physical memories of your loved one in the most secure and tangible way.
Personalized messages are hand stamped or engraved into beautifully crafted rings. What’s more, you can also choose a personalized message stencil using your loved one’s handwriting. This design is ideal for people who want to embrace or remember a special message for life.
You can name you memorial diamonds and rings. Laser inscription makes it possible to engrave your personalized love message on the griddle of the diamond.
What better way to remember a loved one than to capture and duplicate their exact finger print onto a ring? Ideal for a number of occasions, including engagements, weddings, anniversaries and much more, this design allows you to feel the fingerprint of your loved one long after their time.
Inner Message Ring
How about engraving the imprint of a name or message within the inner layer of a ring or on the gridle of memorial diamonds, such that it leaves a lasting and memorable imprint on your skin? This unique design takes customised-message-rings to another level. Left with a palpable and noticeable imprint of your loved one, this design allows you to etch the imprint of their memories forever.
To match the eternity of diamonds, the finest metals are indispensable. Each metal or alloy has its unique properties. Know more about them will lead you to a unique and perfect memorial ring.
Backed with a purity range of 90% to 95%, platinum is by far one of the strongest and most enduring metals used in jewellery. In addition to being as strong and long-lasting as it is, platinum is resistant to damage and does not wear away with time. Distinguished by its white undertones, this metal consists of the highest level of purity and develops a satin finish when polished. Known for its rich and exquisite appearance, it is touted as one of the most sought after metals in the world of jewellery. It is no wonder then that it also one of more expensive metals in the market.
In addition to platinum, gold is one of the most popular precious metals used in jewellery (perhaps more popular than platinum too). It is also relatively less expensive than its other counterpart. Available in hues of yellow, white, and rose colours, gold makes for an extremely versatile and elegant metal and is therefore popularly used in jewellery. While yellow gold is known for its traditional and timeless beauty, white gold is subtler and mimics the appearance of platinum temporarily. Rose gold (an alloy of gold mixed with copper) impresses with its rosy red tint. While they all have strikingly different appearances, their purity values remain the same.
Palladium, like white gold, mirrors the radiant and shimmering appearance of platinum. It is far more long-lasting than white gold and hence more popular too. Regarded as one among the most fashionable metals, Palladium is blanketed into the platinum group of metals. Fortunately, despite its similarities with platinum, Palladium is softer than platinum and hence more affordable too. Given its relatively low density, the metal, like gold, can be beaten into the thinnest sheet. Mimicking the appearance of platinum as well as the flexibility of gold, this metal is perfect for all types of ornate and contemporary jewellery.
Silver is one of most affordable precious metals used in jewellery making. Like Gold, pure Silver is very soft and is therefore vulnerable to damage easily. It is for this reason that silver is often mixed with other metals (mostly mixed with copper). Mixing silver with metals such as copper helps strengthen the combination metal, in turn making it more pliable to jewellery making. In order to differentiate the purity of the metal, silver comes with various levels of purity, each indicating the quantity of silver contained in the combination metal. Sterling silver is one of the metal’s purest forms, containing a minimum of 92.5% of pure silver.
Characteristics of each metal:
|Platinum||Pale Greyish white||An enduring, Long-lasting, and strong metal||Composed of 95% platinum and 5% other pure alloys||Expensive||Is resistant to damage. Does not wear away.|
|Palladium||Similar to platinum and white gold. However, unlike white gold, it does not require rhodium plating||A rare metal with high level of purity.||Composed of 95% palladium and 5% other pure alloys||Less expensive than platinum||Is strong but relatively lighter than platinum. Easy to polish and repair.|
|18K gold||Yellow, white, and rose||A traditional metal with a high level of gold purity||Composed of 75% gold and 25% pure alloys||Less expensive than platinum. Nonetheless, it is highly valued.||Is a soft and pliable metal. Apt for ornate and contemporary jewellery. Easy to polish and repair.|
|14K gold||Yellow, white, and rose||A strong metal used in all types of jewellery.||Composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% pure alloys||Less expensive than 18K gold. Nonetheless this too is highly valued.||Is a soft and pliable metal. Apt for ornate and contemporary jewellery. Easy to polish and repair.|
|Silver||Metallic grey||A metal that is of soft enough to make jewellery of all types.||Composition of silver to copper is 92.5% to 7.5% copper.||Least expensive in comparison to the above metals||Is a soft and pliable metal. Apt for ornate and contemporary jewellery. Easy to polish and repair.|
Gold and platinum are the two most popularly used metals for rings. As unique as they might be, they are also similar and are hence subjected to a lot of comparisons. By far the most distinguishing physical trait between gold and platinum is their color. While platinum, a naturally occurring white metal inherits a natural white tone, gold in its natural form is always yellow. However sometimes, in an attempt to mimic the appearance and strength of platinum, white gold is treated with a thin plating of rhodium so as to increase its strength and whiteness. While white gold might temporarily mimic the whiteness of platinum, in time, the rhodium plating in white gold tends to wean off and return to its original color.
The other differentiating factor is their composition. Although white gold mimics the appearance of platinum, itdiffers in composition, density, hardness, and other properties.
In its natural form, gold is distinctively yellow in color. However, some times, a single tone of yellow can be too overpowering as well as contrasting to be used in jewellery. To help create more variety, gold is often mixed with other metals so as to create alloys and different hues. Depending on the metals added, gold can come in a variety of colors including shades of yellow, white, and rose.
In addition to platinum, 18K gold and 14K gold are the best metals for memorial diamond rings.
Platinum comes with a soft white hue and a purity backing of 90% to 95%. It’s 40% heavier than 14K gold and doesn’t tarnish or oxidize easily. Clearly the most refined and expensive of the three choices, platinum has what it takes to bring out the beauty of your memorial ring.
Gold on the other hand, although lighter in strength, is relatively less expensive and therefore more preferred by people. What’s more, its naturally warm and diverse colors make it the standard for various ring designs. The purity of gold is measured in Karats and is divided into 24 parts of gold, also called 24Kgold. Although 24K is the purest form of gold, it is soft and hence vulnerable to damage when used in jewellery. Both 14K gold (consisting of 14 parts of gold and 10 parts of other metals) and 18K gold (consisting of 18 parts of gold and 6 parts of other metals) are stronger and hence more pliable for jewellery design.
If the ring is too large, you have high risk of loss, while if it’s too small, it’s painful to wear it, thus perfect ring size is important. Especially for memorial diamond rings, it’s so rare and unique that a suitable size is the key of long term wearing.
While there are a number of online sources to measure your finger size, there is nothing as accurate as measuring it on your own or at the store, with the help of a professional. In an attempt to take away any guess work, we’ve put forth a quick, easy, and fool-proof way to determine your ring size.
1. Start by cutting a strip of paper or string.
2. Wrap it around the base of your finger, making sure the fit is not too tight nor lose but is just right.
3. Mark the point at which the strings intersect the circle around your finger.
4. Now, measure the length and convert it to a corresponding ring size on the website.
Men’s rings generally range from sizes 8 to 14. While the most commonly purchased men’s ring size ranges from sizes 8 to 11, size 9 is, by far, the most popular ring size for men.
Women rings, on the contrary, range from sizes 3 to 9. While the most commonly purchased women’s ring size ranges from sizes 5 to 7, size 6 is, by far, the most popular ring size for women.
In an attempt to help you find the perfect ring size, we’ve listed key tips to take note of while choosing a ring.
Here are a few tips to take note of while measuring your finger:
1. Make sure your ring feels comfortable on your finger. For a good fit, your ring should fit your finger snugly enough to stay secured in place, but loose enough to glide with little effort.
2. Recognize that your finger size changes with respect to time, weather, and your health. For a reasonably consistent fit, measure your finger size:
3. Repeatedly so as to make up for any erroneous reading.
4. During night time when your fingers are warm and most likely their largest size.
The thought of ordering a size too large can be quite frustrating. Fortunately, there are a few quick workarounds to turns things for the good. For instance, you can wrap a piece of yarn or ribbon around the base of the ring. Not only will this help fill up any empty space but it will also get the job done discretely. Additionally, you can use small plastic or rubber bands that are specifically designed to fit onto the bottom side of the ring. This should make it fit better without resizing.
If your memorial diamond ring is a size too small then its best you to ask your local jeweller to resize the ring. Fortunately, resizing rings is relatively less time-consuming than making one. It therefore shouldn’t be a problem to resize your ring to other sizes.
Irrespective of the type of metal you choose to purchase, the following tips will help you keep your memorial diamond ring polished, scratch-free, and as good as new:
1. Metals scratch easily. It therefore is best to store your jewellery in individual pouches of a jewellery box. Alternatively, you can also wrap your jewellery with cotton wool. This will act as an additional layer of protection against scratches.
2. To keep your jewellery clean, always rinse your jewellery in a solution of mild dish detergent and warm water. Make sure you wipe out all traces of water with a soft cloth before storing them in individual pouches again.
3. Always use toothbrushes with soft bristles (such as the ones present in a child’s toothbrush) to get rid of any stubborn grime or crevices in your jewellery. Using adult toothbrushes will only risk it to scratches.
4. As a precautionary and proactive step, make sure you always remove your jewellery during vigorous and risk-prone activities such as swimming in chlorinated water, working with harmful chemicals, and so on.
5. At the time of purchase, ask your jeweller for any specific tips to care for your jewellery. Each piece is treated uniquely and will therefore require unique and special attention. Make sure you do as instructed by your jeweller.
When it comes to celebrity engagement rings, Carrie Underwood’s flawless yellow diamond ring is among everyone’s all-time favourites. In fact, the American Idol winner’s engagement ring has been creating quite a stir since we first caught a glimpse of it. Expert hockey player Mike Fisher sealed his love for the country singer with a massive canary yellow diamond, set in a halo design. Designed by Jonathan Arndt, the ring is packed with 12 carats of diamonds. The yellow diamond is truly the central crowning glory of the design, averaging a weight of 5 carats by itself. Encircled by smaller diamonds all around, the ring is rumoured to have cost Fisher over a million dollars and is a sight to behold.
Prince Philip chose a simple yet elegant diamond ring for his queen. Although this ring might be small in comparison to the queen’s other pieces of jewellery, we believe it is one of her favorite and most treasured pieces (given the fact that she wears it very frequently).
The platinum ring is studded with a 3 carat diamond solitaire at the centre along with 5 smaller diamonds on each side. Designed by London jeweller Philip Antrobus Ltd, it is believed that Prince Philip took a lot of interest while designing the ring for his queen. The fact that the diamonds came from a tiara belonging to Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece, makes the ring even more special.
Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy’s fairy-tale romance was the talk of everyone during their times. In fact, it still is. It comes as no surprise then that John F Kennedy chose a ring that was magnificent enough to symbolize his love for Jackie.
The 2-carat diamond and 2-carat emerald setting includes a cluster of diamonds that emphasize the two central stones. Fused together within a ring made out of gold, the unique design continues to stand out and attract people to this day. Designed by Van Cleef and Arpels, the design is often regarded as a master piece for its contrasting elements and striking design.
The origin of the blue heart diamond ring dates back to a time between 1909 and 1910. Sometimes referred to as the "Eugénie Blue”, experts believe the diamond mistakenly refers to its connection with French Empress Eugenie. However, the connection between the two is quite questionable as they come from strikingly different time periods.
The heart-shaped diamond roughly weighs 35.27 metric carats and is surrounded by a cluster of 25 colourless diamonds. Strikingly blue in color, it is believed that Cartier bought and sold the diamond to an Argentian woman named Mrs. Unzue back in the year 1910. The magnificent blue heart stone was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC a few years later and continues to remain there to this day.