So we all secretly enjoy admiring a friend's romantic sparkler, and gawping at the latest celebrity boasting a rock so huge it's hardly wearable. But diamonds shouldn't be just for engagement rings - because these days, there's so much more to life than waiting for a guy to get down on one knee.
Read on for 3 good reasons we think diamonds need to break out of their traditional marital associations!
1. Because no one should wait to be given a diamond...
Feeling guilty about spending on yourself? You shouldn’t – rewarding yourself for hard work and achievement can help drive future success.
Good jewelry is hardly evidence of women’s liberation, but if it boosts your confidence or brings a bit of pleasure, why not treat yourself from time to time?
Take a leaf out of Sheryl Sandberg’s book: recently named by Forbes as one of the most influential business women in the world, Facebook’s first female Chief exudes an understated style which allows her professional success to speak for itself:
"It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness." (Sheryl Sandberg)
Image: Financial Express
Personal achievement is a luxury women can access more than ever before – and increasing economic freedom brings the freedom to choose your own style and investment pieces too.
Whilst Sheryl might prefer we took inspiration from her career than her style, we think it's totally fine to love both - check out our range of simple but glamorous diamond earrings (Sheryl's style staple) here
2. Because diamonds are a great investment...
So we all know the most steps to financial security can be pretty dull - pensions, health insurance and property are probably the most important investments most of us will ever make. But your jewelry box can get in on the action too, because diamonds are long lasting and retain their value.
In fact, it is widely thought that Damien Hirst's diamond encrusted skull was created not just as work of art in its own right, but because its beauty and value would actually go on to increase the value of Hirst's entire portfolio.
Image: Damien Hirst's For the Love of God "Hirst-Love-Of-God". Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hirst-Love-Of-God.jpg#/media/File:Hirst-Love-Of-God.jpg
Publicity photo shoots aren't the only reason Hollywood stars covet the largest diamond rings available - any diamond ring is an investment of money and pleasure which can be realised or passed onto future generations to enjoy well into the future.
Treating yourself to diamond jewelry will bring satisfaction for many years to come. A classic, pure style is a great choice if you are looking to buy something which will never look dated.
Teardrop Diamond Necklace: Lucyandmui
3. Because one diamond ring just isn't enough...
The trend for piling up as many rings as possible began with celebrities, but this is one craze which has proved it is here to stay. No wonder, because stacking rings allows you to experiment and express your own individual sense of style.
As demonstrated beautifully by Rihanna, who is often photographed wearing a wide range of subtle and not-so-subtle rings. We love the way she mashed up her ring collection for a casual, fun look which nevertheless screamed luxury to watch a basket ball game:
Seriously, who wouldn't want to look this awesome just watching sport?! A collection of simple, stacking rings is a great way thing to have - wear one or two at a time for work or a subtle effect - or pile them up high for real impact. Browse our range of beautiful, feather-light stacking rings here
Any other reasons why you think diamonds aren't just for engagement rings? Sound off in the comments below!
// The Lucy & Mui Team //