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The expression of eternal love and the centuries old tradition of the presentation of an engagement ring  is one of the most beautiful projects a goldsmith has the privilege to work on. Darme has created engagement rings in a variety of settings; from Eternity, Three stone, Millennium, Solitaires, Tiffany to a Princess Diana and can supply any fancy cut stone from Marquise, Heart, Princess and Pear-shape. We always strive to create something unique and specific to the person it is being made for.

Sourcing the finest quality in diamonds and semi-precious stones, Darme is equipped to assist you in finding and designing your perfect symbol of devotion and all engagement rings come with a certificate of authenticity.

Do not hesitate to send us your enquiry via email or give us a call during business hours. We could set up a meeting in the privacy and comfort of our studio where we can discuss all of your ideas and work together in designing a custom ring made specifically for you and by you for your significant other.

Based in the tranquil setting of L’Agulhas. Darme clients get special rates at our on site guest house. Having a ring made is the perfect romantic getaway.

Imagine proposing at the southernmost point in Africa…

Contact: marius@darme.co.za

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“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”

The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek αδάμας (adámas), “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable”, “untamed”, a symbol of eternal love and one of the strongest elements in existence, the formation of which requires very specific conditions and is a natural phenomenon.

The most familiar use of diamonds today is as gemstones used for adornment, a practice which dates back into antiquity.

Rebecca at the Well
by Giandomenica Tiepolo
late 18th century
The servant of Abraham, offers jewels to Rebecca. These will be her gift if she consents to marry Isaac.
Book of Genesis

The first diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC and formed 900 million years ago. These early stones were transported along the trade route known as  the Silk Road from India to China.  At the time  diamonds were valued because of their strength and brilliance,  ability to reflect light and engrave metal.  Diamonds were worn as adornments, used as cutting tools, served as a talisman to ward off evil  and were believed to provide protection in battle.

In the Dark Ages, diamonds were also used as a medical aid and were thought to cure illness and heal wounds when ingested.

The use of rings as a symbol of commitment dates back to  the betrothal truth rings of Roman history.  These early rings, often formed from twisted copper or braided hair, were worn on the third finger of the left hand.  The placement of the ring was significant, as Romans believed that a vein in the third finger ran directly to the heart.  For Romans, betrothal rings were given as a sign of affection or friendship, and did not always represent the rite of marriage.

 

The history of the engagement ring began in 1215, when Pope Innocent III, one of the most powerful popes of the Middle Ages, declared a waiting period between a betrothal and the marriage ceremony.  The rings were used to signify the couple’s commitment.   In addition to serving as symbols of an intention to marry, these early rings also represented social rank; only the elite were permitted to wear ornate rings or rings with jewels.

 

The first recorded presentation of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed marriage to Mary of Burgundy.  Although engagement rings were common at this time, diamonds were a rarity and were reserved for royalty and the upper elite class.

Until the 18th century, the Golconda region in India, where the first diamonds were unearthed,  was thought to be the only source of the gemstone.  When the Indian diamond mines were depleted, the quest for alternate sources began. Although a small deposit was found in Brazil in 1725, the supply was not enough to meet world demands.

In 1866,  Erasmus Jacobs was exploring the banks of the Orange River  in South Africa when he discovered what he thought was an extraordinary stone which came to  be a 21.25-carat diamond.  Five years later, a colossal 83.50-carat stone was discovered in a nearby area in Kimberley.   These findings inspired thousands of diamond prospectors to the region and led to the opening of the first large-scale mining operation which came to be known as the Kimberly Mine.  This new source of diamonds increased the world’s supply substantially, resulting in the decrease in their value.  The aristocracy no longer considered the diamond a rarity, and began to replace this “common” stone with  emeralds, rubies, and sapphires as  more popular choices for engagement rings.

 

Naturally occurring diamond colors include grey, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, olive, pink, purple, brown, and black.   Diamonds that exhibit a color other than light yellow or brown,  are known as  “fancy colored” diamonds, red stones being the most rare of the fancy colored diamonds.  Only one out of ten thousand diamonds possess a natural color, these types of stones are extremely rare.

In the 20th century, experts in gemology developed methods of grading diamonds and other gemstones based on the characteristics most important to their value as a gem.  Four characteristics, known informally as the four C’s

Cut,  Colour,  Carat & Clarity

Darme believes that perfection exists in nature and that all diamonds are unique.   Every colour or cut creates a diamond which could say a lot about the wearer or the sentiment of the giver.  Choosing an engagement ring, a special and unique life changing experience, whether choosing a piece for its beauty, its significance or as an investment piece,  is a personal choice.

Here are some guide lines when deciding on a ring according to the 4 C’s

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