Three Tips for Avoiding Buying a Cursed Engagement Ring

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The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in the world — and also one of the most notorious. It’s one of the largest diamonds in the world, and is a gray-blue in color. What many people know about the diamond is its legendary curse. This is fueled by the diamond’s unique properties. When exposed to ultraviolet light, the diamonds glows red.

Today, most people agree that the curse isn’t real, but has been largely fabricated in order to raise the gem’s value. Although rumors swirl of deaths and misfortune linked to the diamond’s ownership, in reality, there is little substance to this rumor and in most cases, the diamond was either sold or bequeathed to its next owner.

Luckily, regardless of the myths surrounding the Hope Diamond, normally diamonds are not cursed, and in fact, are very special stones used to denote events — most typically, engagements. Are you thinking of buying a diamond engagement ring sometime soon? Here are three tips for making sure your purchase isn’t “cursed” by bad luck!

1. Figure Out What Really Matters

Diamonds are traditionally graded depending on the “four C’s” — cut, carat size, clarity and color. Although all of the C’s “matter,” it’s worth noting that clarity is undetectable by the naked eye up until a certain point (S12). For this reason, it makes sense to focus more on size and cut. Color is typically a more individual decision — although the majority of people prefer a clear diamond, some people like a stone with pink, blue, or yellow undertones.

2. Heirloom Rings From Negative Relationships

For the more superstitious among us, heirloom rings that came from negative relationships might not be something you want to pass on. While you might be fond of the ring, and eager to save a few dollars, this might not be the ideal way to do it, especially when there are budget ring options out there, as well as a large variety of rings crafted in vintage settings. It’s less about there being an actual “curse” and more about the psychology of someone wearing a ring that accompanied an ill-fated relationship. And it should go without saying: don’t recycle a ring from a past failed engagement!

3. Choose From a Reputable Company

There are many companies selling engagement rings, and you’ve probably heard of a few over and over again in commercials. What you might not have thought to do is look up their reputation online. There are pages and pages of complaints and bad ratings for some fairly well-known ring stores, and countless stories of how irreplaceable rings were messed up. For this reason, do your research, and make sure your ring comes from a reputable source, and a company that legitimately cares about customer satisfaction.

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