The Engagement Ring Quiz: Do You Know Your Diamonds?

By: J.P. Naomi

About This Quiz

He's got that little black box in his hand, he's about to kneel down on one knee... are you ready? Are you ready to say YES? A thousand times YES!? 

He slowly pulls the cover of the little black box open... what kind of ring is it? Are you going to like it? What shape? What size? What color? Oh, my!!

However, did he choose this ring? He had so many options! There's emerald cut, princess cut, round and pear-shaped! There's yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, blue diamonds and more! There's pronged settings, illusion settings, gypsy settings galore! Now did we even mention the size of the ring, let alone his budget? One thing is for sure when he went to the jeweler, he most definitely got a lesson in the "4Cs"....that's Carat, Clarity, Cut and Color!

So now you said yes, but here comes our next question, is it everything you had ever hoped for? Is it all you dreamed of as a little girl? Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but HE is the best friend you're stuck with for life, so we hope you love the ring!

It's time now to see if you'll shine like your diamond in this ultimate quiz! On your mark, get set... say YES!

The original round brilliant-cut was developed by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919. He found that if a diamond was cut too deep or shallow then light would escape out the sides or bottom of the diamond resulting in a loss of brilliance, fire and sparkle!

The princess cut is the second most popular cut shape for diamonds, next to a round brilliant. The princess cut is a relatively new diamond cut, having been created in the 1960s.

Platinum is a silvery white chemical element. Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, meaning "little silver." It has a great resistance to corrosion, even at high temperatures, and is considered a noble metal.

A prong setting refers to the use of metal projections or tines, called prongs, to secure a gemstone to a piece of jewelry. In the case of an engagement ring, that's a diamond to a band!

In making a typical modern bezel setting, the bezel is shaped into the size and shape of the gem and then soldered into place on the metal of the jewelry. The prepared stone is then placed into the bezel and the metal is pressed down over the edges of stone, locking it into place.

An emerald cut is known for its octagonal outline. This occurs when the diamond's corners are truncated.

A marquise cut is a modified brilliant stone. It is also known as navette and comes from the French word for "little boat" - due to its resemblance to the hull of a sailboat!

White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel, manganese or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is given in karats.

The cushion cut diamond used to be called the old mine cut. It combines a square cut with rounded corners. These diamonds often have better fire, which is part of their appeal.

The three-stone setting can hold more and different meaning than the traditional solitaire, and has the ability to tell a story. Some like to consider it the "past, present and future", or "friendship, love and fidelity".

A tension setting is one in which the diamond is held in place by pressure rather than prongs, a bezel or other mounting. The gemstone appears to be suspended in the air with nothing holding it in place!

The radiant cut diamond is the first square cut to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion. In doing so, it creates a vibrant and lively square diamond!

It comes as no surprise that the pear cut diamond is shaped like a ... pear! They are actually a combination of a round cut and marquise cut diamond.

Yellow diamonds currently possess the highest market demand of all other colored diamonds in the market. They have become one of the most adaptive fashion trends this decade!

Sapphire is a hard and scratch resistant mineral. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, a sapphire is rated as a 9. Princess Diana and Duchess of Cambridge Katherine both were recipients of sapphire engagement rings.

The modified brilliant-cut heart-shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love! Heart-shaped diamonds are not only popular as engagement rings, but also as solitaire pendants.

The rose cut dates to the 1500s and remained common during the Georgian and Victorian eras. It features a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown and anywhere from 3 to 24 facets.

An example of an alternative diamond shape is the Briolette shape. It is considered unusual because it does not have a table or a pavilion. It was first created in the 15th century.

Vintage engagement rings include delicate, beaded-edge mil-grain and hand-engraved details. It is common for vintage settings to feature petite pavé diamond accents.

The modern asscher cut diamond is similar to a square emerald cut, usually with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut.

A solitaire setting simply refers to a ring which features a single diamond. Solitaires can also be necklaces or earrings as well.

The oval cut diamond was created by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960s. It combines the sparkle of the elongated shape of a marquise cut with the round cut. The shape is considered perfectly symmetrical.

Masterwork engagement settings generally feature a halo of smaller diamonds around the larger center diamond. This setting is highly unique and visually intricate.

A swirl setting is one in which the band does not flow in a precise circle around the finger. Its design allows more light to enter the center diamond and therefore shine brighter!

Of all the 4Cs, cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. In determining the quality of the cut, the diamond grader evaluates the cutter’s skill in the fashioning of the diamond.

The cluster setting refers to diamonds that are positioned close to each other in a ... cluster! Prongs are often shared between various diamonds so that more stones can be in place at the same time.

Diamonds have internal characteristics known as inclusions or external characteristics known as blemishes. Diamonds without inclusions or blemishes are rare, however, most characteristics can only be seen with magnification.

The channel setting is a type of mounting in which gemstones are set into a channel made from two metal strips. The stones set in such a way form a row and can run along the entire band of the ring.

People who are born during the month of April have one of the most regal and desired gems ... especially if they are the recipient of birthstone gifts on their birthdays!

Green gold is produced by a mixture of an alloy of pure yellow gold and pure silver. It is most noticeable as green when it is placed next to yellow, white or pink gold.

The baguette diamond cut has a rectangular shape. They tend to be less expensive than round or emerald-cut diamonds.

An illusion setting is a type of prong setting that is designed to make a diamond look bigger than it actually is. This is accomplished by a ring of metal surrounding the girdle of the diamond that is often bright cut.

The bar setting gets its name from the two bars that are set on either side of the center stone, perpendicular to the band. These bars help to protect the diamond as well as hold it in place, and give the setting its trademark appearance.

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. It weighs 3,106.75 carats and was discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan - modern-day South Africa - on Jan. 26, 1905.

Diamonds are made from just the single element of carbon. Black carbon is graphite, while clear carbon is diamond.

The pavé setting comes from the French word “to pave”. The diamonds are set closely together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs in order to give the effect of continuous sparkle!

An aquamarine diamond is a blue to green-blue gem-quality variety of beryl. It is considered one of the "precious four" gems.

Gypsy settings are when the diamond or gemstone appears to sit flush with the surface of the metal. The Gypsy setting is used for accent diamonds or smaller stones set into wedding rings.

Yellow gold is not as pure as you might think! It is a combination of gold with metals such as zinc and copper. The higher the karat amount, the higher the actual gold content.

Cubic zirconia (CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). It comes at a much less expensive gem than diamonds and can often fool the blind eye for the real thing!

The carat is the diamond’s physical weight measured in metric carats. One carat equals 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Carat weight is the most objective of the 4Cs.

A classic style setting, also known as a classic Solitaire, is a traditional solitaire ring which features a single diamond center stone at the top of the ring with four or six prongs. Simply classic!

Mohs scale is a scale of hardness used in classifying minerals. It runs from 1 to 10. A diamond is the hardest material on earth and so it scores a 10!

The halo ring is a setting that encircles a center gemstone in a collection of round pavé or micro-pavé diamonds. A high-carat center diamond looks enormous in a halo setting!

Color of diamonds ranges from colorless to light yellow or light brown. Colorless diamonds are the rarest. Other natural colors include blue, red, and pink, and are regarded as quite fancy!

The Trillion cut diamond has a triangular shape comprised of three equal sides and 31 or 50 facets. For solitaires, a curved or convex cut is employed, whereas accent stones are cut uncurved or concave.

The Cullinan Diamond was transported with English detectives as escorts from now South Africa to London on a steamboat. It was then gifted to King Edward VII as "a token of the loyalty and attachment of the people of the Transvaal to His Majesty's throne and person".

Brown diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. Their color, however, makes them less attractive as gemstones because of the reduced glimmer.

Rose gold is a created with 4% silver, 75% gold and 21% copper. Did you know that high-end flutes are very commonly made of solid rose gold?

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" is a jazz song introduced by Carol Channing in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949. It was written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin.

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