The history of the diamond engagement ring

The history of the diamond engagement ring

The idea to give a ring as a sign of engagement is not new. In Roman times, the man gave his beloved an iron - later on a golden - engagement ring. After the Romans, this tradition did not continue, until this custom was picked up again in the 12th century. All marriages were taken place in a church, and men were forced to give their future wife a ring. Furthermore, the waiting period between the engagement and the actual marriage also originated from that period. Aristocrats gave luxurious engagement rings to their future wives, this way counting down to the ‘big day’.

And while giving engagement rings has been a tradition for centuries, diamonds were added only quite recently. Diamonds are very rare, and were only for the extremely rich back then. The diamond ring that Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477 gave to Mary of Burgundy, was an early exception. After this world-famous ring, it was only until the late 19th century that giving diamond engagement rings became popular again. In the 1870s, miners discovered major 'veins' of diamonds in South Africa. The commercialization of diamonds was born. Diamond jewellery in general boomed, as well as the diamond engagement ring. Big, bigger, biggest! Women were asked in marriage with expensive and exquisite diamond engagement rings. Large diamonds, to show the world that she belonged to him.

More and more couples now see a diamond engagement ring as a profitable investment and share the costs when purchasing it. The diamond engagement ring, in whatever form, remains the symbol of romance. A man who goes on one knee and asks his beloved to marry her, while offering a large diamond... is the most beautiful thing there is, isn’t it? Diamonds are forever and so will your marriage be. Everything starts with the right ring. We at BAUNAT have a beautiful collection exquisite diamond engagement rings.

Author: Thomas Vanden Bogaerde

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