Ok, so by now we know that wearing an engagement ring symbolizes different things for different people. And of course, we know that an engagement ring is a symbol of love and devotion between a couple. However, engagement rings have definitely evolved through the years, from plain metal bands to platinum solitaires.
Here are some interesting facts to consider when shopping for unique engagement rings:
Diamond Engagement Rings
The first known diamond engagement ring was placed on Mary of Burgundy’s finger by Archduke Maximillian in 1477. Before this time, most people just used plain metal bands when they got engaged (how boring!). The working class used iron bands whereas the aristocracy used gold and silver. Let’s just say the whole idea of unique engagement rings had not come to fruition back in the day.
The introduction of the diamond engagement ring was probably one of the most significant and long-lasting trends in the engagement ring world. A majority of engagement rings today have at least one diamond in them (heck, even men are opting for diamond studded wedding bands these days). If you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, check out our Round Halo Pave Set engagement ring or our Channel Set Baguette engagement setting.
The Vein of Love
The ancient Romans began the practice of wearing an engagement ring on the 4th finger of their left hand. What was the significance of this finger, anyways? Well, it just so happens that this finger was supposed to contain the “vena amoris” or the “vein of love” – which had a direct connection to the heart – literally. Pretty cool, huh? The ancient Egyptians also believed in the existence of the vein of love. This is the underlying reason why we see a majority of brides wearing matched sets of wedding bands and engagement rings on this finger.If you’re considering a matched set for your bride-to-be, consider our Pave and Princess Diamond matched set or our Flat Edge Solitaire matched set.
True or False? Engagement rings are in the shape of a circle because they have to fit around your finger. False. True. Wait a second… is this some kind of trick question? Kind of. The answer is obviously both true and false. That’s right…it gets deeper. A circle has no beginning or end, so it is eternal and immutable, binding two people together forever. Now that is some powerful stuff. Think about it. All the shapes of the solar system are also circular—the sun, the moon and the planets. The geometric shape of a circle brings more than just a practical meaning to engagement ring, but a priceless element into the ring you select.
So whether you’re the bride or the groom, you have many options when it comes to unique engagement rings and wedding bands. No matter what ring you choose to go with, it will be a symbol of eternity, life and love. Contact us to purchase a unique engagement ring today.