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The History and Symbolism of Engagement Rings

The History and Symbolism of Engagement Rings


An engagement is a beautiful thing as you set a goal to wed the love of your life. What a special moment – congratulations! You’re likely looking at unique engagement rings to represent your special love, a step that should never be underestimated. So, before you embark on your journey to find the perfect engagement ring for her to wear the rest of her life, take some time to delve into the history to truly find the best match for your loved one.


The History of Engagement Rings


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Engagement rings decorated with beautiful diamonds and gemstones have been used for thousands of years to represent a pending wedding. This dates back to the 1400s and the beautiful journey into what we enjoy today is a story worth sharing.


The Tradition Was Created In The Roman Times


It’s believed by experts who have studied the history of engagement rings that the tradition of a man presenting his future-bride with an engagement ring originated from the Roman Times. It’s said that wives would wear engagement rings attached to a small key to represent their husbands’ ownership. Fortunately, engagement rings represent something much more equal and beautiful nowadays.


The First Diamond Engagement Ring


Forgo the key engagement ring that represents ownership – we live in a woman’s world. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian created the first diamond engagement ring for his wife, Mary. This was the beginning of the end of “ownership key rings”, as it sparked a new trend of using diamond engagement rings across Europe.


The Victorians Created Unique Engagement Rings


Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never explored unique engagement rings designed with a mixture of diamonds and gemstones, along with precious metals and enamels. The Victorians were onto something when they first popularized unique engagement rings adorned with alternative materials. These engagement rings were often made in the shapes of flowers, which were commonly known as “posey rings”.   


The 1900s And Traditional Diamond Engagement Rings


With a slogan like, “A Diamond is Forever,” diamond engagement rings began to take over the engagement ring scene once again in 1947. This De Beers campaign sparked sales by conveying the message that, just like a diamond, your marriage will be forever – that your diamond engagement ring is unbreakable, just like your commitment to one another. Even in this century, diamond rings are a popular choice due to the representation, but that is slowly changing.


History Repeats Itself With Unique, Personalized Engagement Rings Using Diamond Alternatives

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As history repeats itself, more and more people are opting for unique engagement rings made with alternative gemstones and materials like the Victorians used to have. Brides-to-be are now opting for something other than the traditional diamond engagement ring. Instead of having a traditional engagement ring with a generic meaning used by everyone, women are now choosing non-traditional engagement rings made with alternative gemstones that represent their unique love and personality. These beautiful gemstones come in all the colors, cuts, and shapes a bride could dream of that allow them to choose a one-of-a-kind look and design that is true and authentic to their marriage.     


The engagement ring you choose is a special piece of jewelry that holds the beauty of your relationship within it. Explore beyond the traditional diamond engagement rings and find the perfect designer engagement rings adorned with colored diamonds, diamond alternatives, and more at Sincerely Ginger Jewelry.