By Suzanne Martinez
By Suzanne Martinez
Diamond engagement rings have been around a long time; no other piece of jewelry is as steeped in historical sensibility as the engagement ring. Rings have been used since ancient times to symbolize marriage. The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were symbolic of the “eternal flame of love,” while the ancient Romans placed an engagement ring on the “ring finger” of the betrothed, believing this finger contained a vein that led to the heart.
In 1477, the Archduke of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first diamond engagement ring ever used in recorded history. This set into motion a trend that continues to this day, as similar minded noblemen and aristocrats began giving rings to their dearly betrothed. Diamond engagement rings increased in popularity as humanity moved through the Renaissance, Baroque, Georgian, and Victorian eras into modern contemporary times. One thing remains true, however. As other jewelry trends fluctuated over time, engagement rings steadily increased in renown and splendor.
Unlike other jewelry items that waxed and waned in popularity, diamonds remained popular, in part, due to their strength as a stone. Only a diamond can cut another diamond, making the substance one of the strongest on earth; a perfect representation of a new couple’s life together. In addition, a diamond ring can handle the wear of daily life in a way other stones cannot. This resilient stone is prized by men and women who wish to live a versatile lifestyle.
Rich tradition and unbreakable molecular structure notwithstanding, the diamond engagement ring’s most appeal ing quality is its symbolism. Onlookers who gaze upon an engagement ring on your finger know what it represents. It immediately evokes a sense of tremendous purpose; the ring dazzles like a beacon, symbolizing the wearer is betrothed to his or her one true love. Everyone who sees an engagement ring on your finger knows you’ve succeeded in one of life’s greatest challenges finding a partner to share your journey with.
For young couples tying the knot, selecting an engagement ring is a magical journey. There is no better time to learn more about the wants of your partnertobe than when selecting the jewelry with which you shall present each other with. Take engagement ring shopping as an opportunity to come together. No matter your choice of style, gems and materials, choose a ring that speaks to the personal tastes and lifestyle of you and your fiancée.