My mother always taught me quality over quantity. When it comes time to walk down the aisle, wouldn’t it be nice to know the ring you will be wearing for the rest of your life and a symbol of your love is in fact of high quality? Diamonds are far from that. In fact, they lose about 50% of their value as soon as you leave the jeweler. With that in mind, you’ve got to wonder what else is fabricated. You don’t have to do much digging before finding out the trend started nearly 70 years ago. It is said that since “young men buy over 90% of all engagement rings,” and most of them believe that the larger and finer the diamond is, the greater the expression of love, as well as socio-economic achievement. Similarly, young women had to be encouraged to view diamonds as an integral part of any romantic courtship.