Q: What is the significance of a gold solitaire engagement ring?
A: One definition of a gold solitaire engagement ring is that it is one with a diamond mounted on its own. While there may be more than just the traditional “diamond” in such rings, they are meant to be elegant and show that you married for love.
You may have seen solitaire engagement rings with other stones. For example, ruby or sapphire are sometimes used in place of diamonds for engagements. However, they are not traditionally associated with engagement rings.
Some people try to get away with using any attractive stone and not necessarily expensive as a substitute for a diamond. This is not the same as a solitaire ring.
Another definition of such rings is that they are commonly used for engagements and weddings. Affordable gold engagement rings at Zamel’s with diamond center stones were popularized in the 1930s. The tradition was started by famous jeweler Harry Winston, who wanted to tell his love story:
“I wanted to send her a message. It was a telegram: Will you marry me? I chose a diamond as my symbol and language. Diamonds are the most brilliant stones in the universe, symbols of love, passion, and drama.”
In recent times some couples have been opting for cheaper alternatives to diamonds, such as colored gems or cubic zirconia as an alternative. This is because diamonds are viewed as a luxury item, and some couples, particularly younger ones, cannot afford them.
A solitaire engagement ring does not always have to be in the traditional 18 karat gold band with a diamond mounted on it. There has been an increase in the use of other materials such as platinum or titanium for such rings and the use of alternative precious and semi-precious stones such as sapphire.
While there has been an increase in nontraditional engagement rings, band solitaires with a center diamond still find common usage and heirloom status. It is regarded as a sign of enduring love and commitment.