Bunker Hill in Charlestown is a popular location for tourists and some proposal photographs. Located in the heart of Charlestown, just minutes from Assembly Square, it's up on a hill that gives a beautiful view of the sunsets and the city below. It tends to be a great place to get engaged in the area at sunset.
Getting engaged requires a bit of planning and understanding of what a significant other proposing is to do. First, they need to buy an engagement ring. There are many types of engagement rings, but the most common is the diamond engagement ring.
The significance of the diamond ring is that it represents an agreement for future marriage. Why diamonds though? Well, haven’t you heard? “Diamonds are a girl's best friend!” That’s why! If you know that slogan, you are well on your way to knowing when you get engaged, most likely you’ll get a diamond.
DeBeers started a marketing ploy “A diamond is forever”. The ad ran for decades and now 75% of people getting married are proposed to with a diamond!
There are different types of diamonds
If you get that far, you then need to figure out what type of setting you want to put your diamond in.
There are so many settings and the most common and well-known is the Channel Set Diamond. Also popular is the prong set ring, where the diamond is placed between 4 and 6 prongs to allow it to sparkle from all angles.
Here in Boston, we know the other setting called the “Boston Setting” . It is when you have two small stones on the outside of the main stone. It’s very pretty!
ROUND CUT DIAMOND
Round diamonds account for over two-thirds of diamonds sold, making it the most popular shape on this list. With 58 facets, the brilliance of a round diamond is incomparable. Its classic style and ultimate shine are what make this shape so desirable.
PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND
One of the more popular cuts
EMERALD CUT DIAMOND
Emerald cut diamonds are rectangle shipped. They are longer on the sides that run along your finger and shorter on the side that goes across your
ASSCHER CUT DIAMOND
Is such an interesting cut diamond! It looks like there are steps inside, and the diamond is going down to a landing. In true terms, it’s called the step cut for a reason
RADIANT CUT DIAMOND
Is at times longer in length, and is cut underneath to give a greater sparkle The edges are typically beveled to give it an outlined look.
Just like its name, it is an Oval shape which helps the diamond appear bigger! (Who doesn’t want that!)
The Marquise’s elongated shape flatters the hand and catches the eye of many due to its unique features. It has been around for centuries, making it one of the most timeless shapes one could wear.
PEAR SHAPE DIAMOND
Most people refer to this as the teardrop shape. It looks like a tear.
This diamond is in the shape of a square but kind of looks like a big fluffy pillow with all its sparkles.
Also, true to its name, you can get a heart-shaped diamond.
Where can you buy a diamond ring? Well, you can find a jewelry store in your local town, or here in Massachusetts, you can go to the Jewelers Building in Boston on Washington Street. I have a personal connection to the 4th Floor Jewelers at Santisi and Bove. The owners sold my father my mom's engagement ring back in the day. To this day they still swear my dad bought the prettiest diamond they ever had!
The jewelers building is Boston’s go-to for anyone getting engaged. You have so many choices and the ability to price shop!
Once you find the store that you want, you then have to decide the diamond, what color, what clarity, and what cut also known as the four Cs!
When discussing engagement rings, you may often hear of “the Four C’s”. This is in reference to the different factors to consider when shopping for a diamond.
While not part of the original “four”, there is a fifth “C" that refers to cost. The cost of a diamond will depend on all of the above factors. Diamonds higher on the clarity scale that have less color will be more expensive than diamonds with VS1 with slight coloring applied. A skilled jeweler can walk you through how the factors impact the cost and what is right for you.
Regardless of the diamond, you select, your future spouse will love it when you propose!
Location: Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Massachusetts.
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