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The marriage proposal: getting on your knee with an engagement ring

The marriage proposal: getting on your knee with an engagement ring

For centuries, it is common to get engaged before the wedding. This engagement begins, how else could it be, with a marriage proposal. How magical the moment is, depends entirely on the imagination of the man. Some go very far, while others hold it sober, but still it is the man going down on one knee, with the diamond engagement ring in his hand, while asking: ´Do you want to marry me?´ But why do men actually go down on their knee? Well, there are some logical explanations for this. 

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What preceded…

Back in the days, marriage proposals were not really romantic. Women had almost no rights and were often seen as the property of men. The marriage was considered as a business transaction. Luckily times have changed. More and more romantic new methods were used to propose a woman. Since the beginning of the last century, men began to put a diamond engagement ring on the ring finger of their loved one, as a sign of love and faithfulness. This leads to the marriage proposal as we know it nowadays: going on one knee while holding an engagement ring in one hand.

Going down on one knee

When going down on one knee while proposing your girlfriend to marry, you´ll give a sign of respect, honor and full faith. Pure romance! Besides, it is also very practical: you are at the same height as the hand of your girlfriend. In addition to that the diamond reflects the light much better, while she will get a better view on the engagement ring.

Women still expect their man to go down on one knee, and do appreciate this, but increasingly it doesn´t always occur.  Marriage proposals are getting more original, which sometimes makes it difficult to kneel. Think or a marriage proposal while bungee jumping, or during a parachute jump. How much you want to, going down on one knee is pretty difficult.

How you finally propose your girlfriend, is completely up to you. We at BAUNAT can help you to choose the perfect diamond engagement ring.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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