Jour­neys of the Heart

The Gazette Wedding Planner - - News -

The early Egyp­tians be­lieved that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran di­rectly from the heart to the top of the third fin­ger on the left hand.

Hence, this fin­ger on which your rings are worn is a sign to the out­side world that you are plan­ning to be mar­ried.

The se­lec­tion of a ring is usu­ally a joint ven­ture, how­ever if the man sur­prises the woman with an en­gage­ment ring, she may not wear it un­til the en­gage­ment has been for­mally an­nounced.

A cou­ple’s own good taste or bud­get will guide them in se­lect­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate ring.

While a di­a­mond is the most pop­u­lar choice, sap­phires, emer­alds, ru­bies, amethysts and birth­stones are also pop­u­lar and a com­bi­na­tion of stones can be ef­fec­tive.

Styles vary be­tween a clas­sic soli­taire, a clus­ter, or a cen­tre stone with baguettes on each side.

When buy­ing a di­a­mond, con­sider the four char­ac­ter­is­tics that de­ter­mine the value of a good di­a­mond - cut, clar­ity, colour and carat weight.

Go to a rep­utable jew­eller and re­mem­ber that you may ask to see rings other than those on dis­play. When designing your own ring, you will find the jew­eller’s ad­vice in­valu­able.

Bear in mind that the en­gage­ment ring is usu­ally worn with a wed­ding ring so it is a good idea to en­sure the two rings com­ple­ment each other in colour and style. The rings you choose will be­come a con­stant re­minder of your ‘bond of love’.

For ad­vice on your en­gage­ment and wed­ding ring se­lec­tion, see Suzy’s Fine Jewellery staff.

Photo courtesy Satin Edge Pho­tog­ra­phy

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