Commitment and Jewelry: A Love Story

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Love. It’s the stuff we all dream about. Pray for. Pen poetry and write songs about. Pontificate and ruminate and celebrate. (Similar to sentiments we also express in popular songs about diamonds and famous films about gold).

Love is what makes the world go around. Some even insist that love is all you need.

There are as many ways to demonstrate love for another as there is diversity and variety within love relationships. One of the most time-honored, highly-esteemed, and richly valued ways has always involved gifting jewelry. Especially a diamond engagement ring – or an alternative gemstone engagement ring.

A Brief History of the Engagement Ring

For as long as humans have been celebrating and institutionalizing love and marriage, there have been symbols of this commitment. The history of wedding rings likely stretches back 5,000 years ago, when ancient Egyptians would weave leather or wood into “rings of love” for romantic exchange. These circular, wearable objects signified eternal love without end. The Egyptians are also believed to have pioneered wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand – which they believed to contain a special vein that led directly to the heart.

Some scholars cite the ancient Romans as the progenitors of the custom to present a ring as a symbolic and significant gesture on the road to marriage. There’s also a theory that revolves around…insurance. Not engagement ring insurance (that’s our domain), but something often referred to as “fidelity insurance.” In other words, the ring shows that the woman wearing it is now “off the market” or “spoken for” by a soon-to-be marrying man.

Such talk, along with dowry details and the equation of people with property is far from romantic, of course. In fact, you might consider it downright depressing, or even disturbing. Thankfully, a lot has changed and society has evolved over time.

History is history, however. And since many societies have patriarchal roots and underpinnings, the majority of our history has seen a man purchase and present an engagement ring to his desired bride-to-be. Over time, this elaborate, romantic, and costly courting exercise came to be fully understood in just one word: proposal. Of course, much has changed culturally over time, especially in the past generation or two. These days, you’re likely to see once-rare sights like nontraditional gemstone engagement rings, or men wearing engagement rings alongside their fiancée. And while there’s great room for progress, there’s increasing acceptance and understanding of engagement and marriage between same-sex couples.

If you want to dig more into the details and evolution of matters like women historically wearing the engagement ring, the history of the wedding ring, and the traditional use of diamonds in engagement rings, we suggest spending some time in our robust Zillion blog archive.

Promises, Promises: What’s a Promise Ring?

Less common (and certainly less expensive) than a diamond engagement ring is what many refer to as a promise ring. Far more wide-ranging in their meaning, a promise ring is sort of like the expansive classical Greek philosophy on love. It can signify a variety of relationships, whereas an engagement ring represents a commitment to the institution of marriage.

Maybe you plan to get engaged and enter into marriage – but not just yet. There’s a promise ring for that. Perhaps you want to signify and celebrate a deep “platonic” friendship. Well, you can wear a promise ring with such significance. There’s even a promise ring that features accents around the shank and represents enduring, never-dying love. That one is sometimes referred to as an “eternity ring.” If you want to dive deeper into the wide world of promise rings, Diamond Nexus authored an in-depth, detailed blog about promise rings.

We Care, Too…

Rest assured, all of us here at Zillion care, too. Deeply. That’s a promise we make to you, and a promise we always keep. You see, we’re all about celebrating fine jewelry and protecting it with the finest-quality jewelry insurance. But as much as we love diamonds, gold, and all jewelry, we’re equally enamored of the meaning, thought, and feeling behind them. We always appreciate, encourage, and celebrate love, especially in the context of devoted and committed love relationships. In fact, we have entire sections of our robust blog archive devoted to marriage, marriage proposals, weddings, and even relationship advice.

We also value your relationship with your jeweler. Just like any meaningful and committed relationship, this is one that necessitates a strong level of trust between both parties. We’ve gone to great lengths to dive into this dynamic with several posts in our blog library – and we encourage you to dig in and learn more.

We get it. We have our own established, strong, and committed relationships with a nationwide network of high-value jewelers. When you purchase a premier jewelry insurance policy through us, you also derive immediate value from this exclusive partner network of jewelers. It’s a proud, wise, experienced group that features leading-edge and trend-setting names like Solomon Brothers Jewelers, Heller Jewelers, Shreve & Co., and Kwiat New York. And it continues to grow in stride with us.  

We (and you, as our valued customer) are also backed by AXA XL, highly rated, and one of the world’s largest jewelry insurers. It all adds up to an A+ Superior Rating by A.M. Best.

Our Commitment to YOU

Of course, the relationship we’re most passionate about on a day-in, day-out basis is the dedicated and reliable relationship we have with each of our customers. From our very foundation, we’ve been completely committed to working around the clock and behind the scenes to provide you with the very best diamond engagement ring insurance and overall jewelry insurance coverage available today. Zillion delivers comprehensive protection that’s not just affordable, but also reliable, fast, smart, tech-savvy, and EASY. We do all the heavy lifting – much of it up front – so you never have to do anything more than lift a finger when purchasing your jewelry.

We demonstrate this next level of care and commitment at every step of our journey alongside you, our valued customer. This care starts with an easy “on ramp” for you to purchase your jewelry insurance – immediately at the point of sale, with one click on your phone. You’ll get instant coverage for your valued jewelry, and save up to 15% off homeowners policy rates before you walk out the door.  

This commitment is reinforced through always-reliable, ironclad coverage that guarantees full protection and empowers you to wear it with confidence. It’s even further demonstrated with our unwavering insistence on delivering what we call “concierge” claim service.

The Concierge Effect

Concierge claim service means a no-worries, no-hassle, none-better approach to jewelry insurance. It means easy online claims, either in your own home or a hotel on the other side of the world. It means faster replacement times – as in your jewelry replacement or repair getting underway, right away. Our dedicated and experienced service team starts working on your behalf within 24 hours after you file your claim online.

But concierge claim service also means more. Much more. For example, if you need any replacements or repair work from your jeweler, you can relax – and let us handle all the nitty-gritty, fine-print details. As our valued customer, you won’t ever be burdened to prove ownership of your item nor verify its value. You won’t have to worry about negotiating a cash settlement. With us working hard and smart for YOU behind the scenes, you won’t even need to pay a deductible.

True Love. We Promise.

You won’t find a more committed partner to help ensure the safety, security, and longevity of your diamond engagement ring – or any other valued jewelry piece. We can promise you this much. And we can help you wear your very own promise ring with full and complete confidence.


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