Diamonds are forever—no matter where you are in your relationship
Words Don Descoteau
Photography Lia Crowe
Makeup Jen Clark
Models: Callum Bevington, Daisy Dawson
The euphoric “honeymoon phase” of a relationship, with its adrenaline rushes, excitement and doing whatever it takes to prove one’s love, typically lasts two to three years.
But according to Lugaro Jewellers’ luxury consultant Marina Shaforost, a tried-and-true way to inject a large helping of excitement and romance into a relationship, no matter what phase it’s in, is giving and receiving diamonds. It might be a pair of stud earrings, a beautiful pendant, a sparkling tennis bracelet or a luxury diamond-encrusted watch.
“There are lots of parallels when it comes to diamonds and romance,” says Marina. “Throughout history it’s been a symbol of love. When you see the sparkle in their eyes, it’s the same sparkle as you see in the diamond.”
While the options are many for anchoring custom or ready-to-wear jewellery with gemstones—red rubies, blue sapphires and green emeralds can create a splash of eye-catching colour—diamonds remain a classic expression of romance and long-term loving commitment.
“Special moments are like diamonds: they are very rare, beautiful and timeless.”
Some relationships are at the exhilarating and emotion-filled stage where an engagement ring is the next step. Many couples today shop for rings together, Marina says, injecting their own romance to the scenario, and aiming to ensure satisfaction with the choice. Even so, she points out, one person generally comes back to make the final purchase.
“We still want to be surprised and still want to be romanced with that special piece.”
Part of that surprise and creation of a memorable event comes down to presentation.
While some may find it romantic to be proposed to in a very public way, such as at a sporting event, people generally prefer a more intimate setting in which to experience such a romantic life moment.
“It could be on a special trip, at the place they first met or the first sunset they saw at a specific place or beach, for example,” Marina says.
There are, however, also unplanned proposals, she says, describing a situation where a man, hiding a diamond ring and travelling with his partner, was asked by a customs agent to reveal what was in his pocket.
“He had to propose right there and all his plans went away. It’s one of those things that sometimes it just happens when it happens,” she says, adding that it can still come across as romantic.
During the holiday gift-giving season, the romance factor can get amped up further, no matter where a couple happens to be in the life of their relationship.
The gift of diamonds, whether set in a piece of jewellery as a large single stone on its own, or in a cluster surrounding single or multiple gemstones, can be the perfect way to stoke the flames of passion, or perhaps rekindle them.
“Diamonds are definitely a timeless choice that never go out of style, but we don’t want to forget about our beautiful, coloured stones which most people like to wear on those grey, dark days for a punch of colour and contrast,” Marina says.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted social gatherings and discouraged celebrations, people are making more of a point to celebrate the special people in their lives, she says.
“And not just for engagements, but for achievements, whether it’s in the workplace or on a personal level. People realize we have to cherish those moments and stop and praise and reward our loved ones and ourselves with something that speaks to the heart, something that stays forever.”
With that in mind, it’s not surprising people are tending to wear their diamonds and other stones daily, as Marina notes.
Who wouldn’t want to be reminded often of someone’s love for them?