- What are the most important rules?
- What engagement ring rules apply to a 2nd marriage proposal?
- What influence does your faith have?
A number of traditions have been closely connected to marriage proposals for centuries now. Do you love traditions? Do you think traditions can be broken? Or, do you have no idea what traditional engagement ring rules apply? We are glad to run through them with you, so you can then decide whether to stick with them or break them when finding the perfect engagement ring.
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What are the most important rules?
Never an engagement ring without a precious stone! Ever since Mary of Burgundy received a diamond engagement ring from Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477, the engagement rules say a diamond is an integral part of a proposal. The largest diamond corporation in the world, De Beers, added another rule to that in the previous century by suggesting in advertisements that her engagement ring has to cost 2 months' salary. Needless to say, you're not obliged to follow any of these so-called engagement ring rules. Although some men find them handy to use as a guideline.
True friends are like diamonds: precious, valuable and rare.
In days gone by the tradition was to request the partner's father's permission before the man could propose. That tradition really seems to be on the wane. Although, it is a sensible idea to discuss the engagement with your partner's parents. They know their daughter through and through and will be able to give you a few interesting insights.
What engagement ring rules apply to a 2nd marriage proposal?
Armed with that knowledge you could even start designing her engagement ring yourself . Should you still have niggling doubts, you can always call upon the jeweller's expertise where you are buying the engagement ring the 2nd time around.
What influence does your faith have?
Wearing an engagement ring is forbidden in Islam. Although, that does deserve a footnote. An engagement ring is forbidden if a superstitious or Christian significance is attached to it. Referrals to symbols of other religions are not permitted in Islam.
If a man subsequently gives his partner a ring to celebrate her consent, this needn't necessarily be an engagement ring. Rather, it is an expression of his love.
Wearing an engagement ring is forbidden in Islam.
According to the strict rules of Judaism, an engagement ring isn't really permitted. A Jewish engagement traditionally involves several gifts. Both the man and woman give each other gifts. Jewellery is of course an obvious choice of gift to celebrate the engagement. But not a ring. A ring, in whatever form, over-epitomises matrimony. Once the wedding has taken place, the Jewish man can gift his partner an 'engagement ring'.
Buddhism and Hinduism
The eastern faiths of Buddhism and Hinduism do not recognise western engagement ring customs and rules. Although it does depend on how traditional the people concerned are. Under the influence of the West, a Buddhist man can certainly buy his partner an engagement ring. In Hinduism toe rings are more commonplace, although a ring finger is also always possible.
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