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ROUGH DIAMOND FACTS Diamonds worn in ancient times were believed to promote strength and courage.

Richard Burton famously proposed to Elizabeth Taylor with a 69.42 carat pear shaped diamond.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wearing the Halo Scroll tiara, created by Cartier in 1936. Prince Albert, The Duke of York, purchased it for his wife Elizabeth. Later, she passed it to their daughter Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth as an 18th-birthday present. The Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, also wore this tiara frequently for royal events.

Queen Mary turned two of the Cullinan stones into a brooch in 1910. The total weight of this piece is around 158 carats

QUEEN ELIZABETH II was presented with this 3 carat diamond solitaire engagement ring from Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, which came from his mother’s tiara. They married in 1947.

Royal Engagement Rings: The Engagement Rings of Princess Brides

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The most important quality of an emerald, ruby or sapphire is its clarity of color.

The word carat comes from carob, a seed that is uniformed in weight.

Agnes Sorel, the mistress of King Charles VII of France was the first woman to wear diamonds.

Men were the first to wear jewelry as a status symbol and as good luck amulets to aid them in battle

Pearls are formed when a tiny bit of sand gets trapped inside an oyster. The oyster produces a "nacre" as a defense mechanism that coats the intruder, layer after layer. A pearl is formed naturally in 1 in every 10,000 oysters. The longer the pearl stays in the oyster the heavier the nacre.

Initially, only one ring was used for for an engagement and a wedding. Then in 1477, Maximillian of Austria gave an engagement ring to his beloved, Mary of Burgundy starting a tradition.

Legend has it Cleopatra once dissolved a pearl at the time worth 5 million sesterces (about $12,500) in soup and drank it, just to win a bet with Marc Antony.

Alson - Diamonds, Watches & Giftware

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One of the most famous diamonds in the world, Cullinan I was justly considered the largest diamond in the world up to the discovery of the Golden Jubilee. Also known as “The star of Africa”, the pear-shaped stone is the largest of the 9 diamonds cut from the largest rough diamond ever, the Cullinan diamond(3106,75 carats). Currently, it is the head of St. Edward’s scepter, one of the British Crown Jewels but it can be removed and worn as a brooch.

Diamonds were first discovered in India as far back as 800 B.C. But diamonds were not used on wedding bands or engagement rings until the 15th century

Classic Engagement Rings

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The word diamond comes from the Greek word "adamant" which means invincible or steadfast.

In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.

Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century.

About 70% of all brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand

Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.