The modern engagement ring has a history that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Back then, women wore a metal wire on their left ring finger. The meaning arises from the belief that a vein runs through this finger directly to the heart. This ultimate love symbol underwent a true transformation throughout history to result in the current generation of diamond engagement rings.


Middle Ages

Most historians agree that the tradition of gifting your loved one a diamond ring was founded in 1477. Back then Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring set with small diamonds forming the letter M.


In many of his plays, Shakespeare referred to engagement rings in silver or gold, but also mentioned the wedding ring. In this period it was common to engrave a romantic text inside both rings.


The Victorian era in England was always considered a romantic period. Queen Victoria loved her husband Albert very much (which was rare for royal weddings, which were often arranged for diplomatic or economic reasons). Victorian engagement rings often have romantic motifs such as hearts, bows, flowers, etc., whether or not set with diamonds. Currently, these models are very desirable.

The Beginning of the 20th Century

During the Edwardian era, engagement rings were generally an accepted social custom. It was an era of prosperity, and a growing middle class in large parts of Europe and America, so more and more people could afford fine jewellery.


Compared with Edwardian rings,  the engagement rings of the 20s and 30s were less feminine and more geometric, in line with the Art Deco trend. Especially engagement rings in platinum or white gold were set with diamonds and/or gemstones such as rubies and sapphires.


During the 60's, Hollywood stars started showing off their diamond engagement rings. The larger the diamond, the better. For example, Elizabeth Taylor, who received a stunning diamond of 33 carats (!) from Richard Burton. In the 1970s the princess cut came into existence, presenting a nice alternative to the classic brilliant.

1990 Until Now

During the most recent decades, there isn't really a specific model trending. Thanks to the internet, couples have access to a lot of information about engagement rings. Men buy an engagement ring that matches their beloved style and taste, whether they like a modern or earlier vintage style. Everything is possible.

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