A Matter of Brilliance is a professional jewelry appraisal company based in Newton, MA, founded by Aimee Berrent, Graduate Gemologist. Our appraisals can be used to:
If you’ve got a new engagement ring (or you’ve had one for years), you’ll want to know some of the facts and folklore around your beautiful bauble.
- Engagement (and wedding) rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand due to a belief that “a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.” (theKnot.com)
- A pearl engagement ring is considered bad luck because its shape resembles a teardrop. (Gemselect.com)
- Don’t wear your engagement ring in a hot tub (chlorine and heat=bad, bad!), when you’re weight lifting (pressure can bend or break the band), at the beach (sand can wedge under the diamond), taking a shower (soaps and other products can cloud the stone), and while you’re cleaning with solvents. (theKnot.com)
- If a couple splits, who gets the engagement ring? According to Beliveaulaw.net, in some states accepting a ring is a promise to get married, so once she’s married, the bride keeps the ring. If the bride calls off the wedding before it occurs, she’s expected to give back the ring.
- Tiffany & Co. set the engagement world on fire in 1886, when it introduced their “Tiffany setting,” the now-iconic 6-prong solitaire.
- 61% of men consulted with their girlfriend before they bought a ring, according to Brides.
Whether your ring is new or a long-term fixture on your finger, make sure it’s protected by insurance. To get your full value from insurance, you’ll need an up-to-date appraisal. Call me and we can get it taken care of.
Engagingly yours, Aimee