History of the Engagement Ring

Have you found the love of your life? Are you eager to walk your beautiful bride down the aisle? Then you’re probably already in the planning stages of your wedding proposal. Asking the big question can be very intimidating, but choosing the perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to be terrifying. At Royal Design Fine Jewelry, we have helped countless couples find diamond engagement rings, wedding rings and anniversary rings that are sure to stand the test of time. It’s normal to be nervous about finding a ring that matches her unique style and personality, but you’re in good company. Men have been gifting their wives with gold rings for thousands of years. Want to learn more about the long history of the engagement ring? Here’s some interesting facts that might help inspire your search. 

Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome

The ancients began wearing jewelry on their left ring finger, on the location of the vena amoris, a nerve which they believed led directly to the heart. In Rome, women were given two bands after accepting a wedding proposal. A gold ring to wear in public spaces, and an iron band to wear when she was performing daily household tasks. 

Medieval Period

During the middle ages, wedding rings became a legal requirement of the Visigothic Kingdom in the West. Once the ring was worn, it was viewed as a pledge of betrothal, and therefore the commitment could not be broken. At this time it also became common for people to have weddings in public spaces in order to have witnesses of the occasion. After the Visigoths fell, the practice was so widespread, that giving a ring upon an engagement or marriage became a common practice that continued to live on through the middle ages, especially among nobility. 

Renaissance and Enlightenment

As time progressed, engagement rings became more elaborate. The first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by her future husband, Archduke Maximilian of Austria. A century later, Gimmel rings were created with latches, which allowed the two rings to be interlocked became popular in France and Britain, as did Posie rings, which had poetic inscriptions carved into the surface. 

Modern Era

During the Victorian Age, the discovery of new diamond mines brought an abundant supply of the rare mineral into the marketplace. Before, diamond engagement rings were a privilege of extremely wealthy aristocrats and nobles. By the late 1800’s, diamonds began decorating the gold rings of upper and middle class couples. Today, beautiful diamond rings can be found in a wide array of cuts, colors and carats, much to the delight of every young bride to be. 

Looking for an Engagement Ring for Your Beloved? Visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry Today

Are you searching for a diamond engagement ring that your lover will treasure forever? Visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry in Atlanta, Georgia today. We have an incredible selection of the world’s most unique and luxurious diamonds, gemstones and precious metals. Do you live outside of the Atlanta, Georgia area? Then browse our extensive online catalogue the ring of her dreams. 

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