The Gift of an Engagement Ring

I’m officially engaged to Latthana!

As far as diamonds go, this is definitely a good one. Emerald cut (as opposed to Princess, Solitaire / Brilliant, Marquis, or Pear). I’m not a diamond expert by any means, but the folks at Robbins Bros. (The World’s Biggest Engagement Ring Store) did a wonderful job helping. You have to find the right diamond – there are so many things to keep in mind beyond cut – like clarity, carat, color, and cost. I won’t get a diamond, but I don’t want a diamond. Diamonds may last forever, but I’m more into the here-and-now. Gimme an engagement HDTV, man! Why don’t we geeks start a new tradition? They get a diamond, and we get a digital toy at equal or greater value. Eh, I can dream.

Even the cheapest diamond doesn’t come cheap. Ponzi’s hoping to make this diamond ring a family heirloom one day. At first, she was expecting to pass it on to her [theoretical] daughter. After she wore the engagement ring for a full hour, it turned into her granddaughter. Tonight, she claims it’s to be her great granddaughter. Uh huh. Right. Soon, we’ll hear less about the diamond and more about the actual wedding planning process… which she promises to keep everybody posted on.

The event actually took place a few weeks ago, the day of our move. I tied a ribbon between Wicket and Pixie and put the engagement ring on it. The pups ran upstairs to her and helped me seal the engagement deal:

FWIW, the emerald cut is her favorite kind of diamond. According to a leading diamond site:

  1. A diamond’s weight is measured in what is known as a carat, which is a small unit of measurement equal to 200 milligrams. Carat is not a measure of a diamond’s size, since cutting a diamond to different proportions can affect its weight. (The word `Karat’ is used to express the purity of gold, and is not used in relation to diamonds.)
  2. The most important thing to know about color when it comes to diamonds is, in general, the less color a diamond has, the more valuable it is, all other factors being equal. Diamonds are found in nature in a wide range of colors, from completely colorless (the most desirable trait) to slightly yellow, to brown. So-called ‘fancy color diamonds’ come in more intense colors, like yellow and blue, but these are not graded on the same scale.
  3. Another vital grading characteristic in diamonds is their clarity. This refers to the number, position and size of the inclusions that occur naturally inside diamonds. The fewer and less obvious the inclusions, the more valuable the diamond. Here is an illustration that shows the clarity grading scale that has been established by the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
  4. The only one of the 4Cs that is within our control is a diamond’s cut. Cut is the result of a craftsman’s skill in transforming a rough diamond into a breathtaking gem. A diamond has facets that allow light to enter it, become refracted, and exit in a rainbow of colors. So it follows that a better cut diamond does a better job of dazzling us with its beauty.

Don’t just stand there – congratulate her!

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