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Where The Engagement Ring Tradition Originates From


Where The Engagement Ring Tradition Originates From

By Zoe Le Belleguy,
Tue, May 14, 2024

Tags: Educational Engagement

An engagement ring is a powerful symbol of love and commitment. These traditional pieces of jewellery add a special touch to an unforgettable moment. Despite their popularity, their origins and significance are often little-known.

The Origin

The origins of engagement rings date back to ancient times. This ancient tradition has its roots in ancient Egypt, where it was believed that a vein directly connected the heart to the left ring finger. The Romans adopted this belief, known as the 'vena amoris' in Latin, and gave rings on engagement to symbolise eternal love. These rings, often made of iron, were circular in shape. The tradition continued into the Middle Ages, when it was common for a woman to receive a ring from her partner as a promise of marriage. This act was so serious that women were forbidden to wear rings just for fun. 


Meaning and symbolism

The engagement ring is a symbol of commitment and the desire to share one's life with a loved one. It’s circular shape represents infinite, eternal and faithful love. Engagement rings have a strong symbolic value, and many couples continue this tradition. The ring is given at a special moment, even if there is not always a religious ceremony associated with it. Above all, it is a sign of love, regardless of the material from which it is made. If it includes a stone, such as a diamond, this further strengthens the symbol of commitment. Giving an engagement ring is a gesture charged with emotion and promise, a piece of jewellery destined to be worn for a lifetime and passed onto future generations. It represents the imminent commitment to marriage and the deep love for the person who receives it, underlining the importance and permanence of this decision.

Solitaire diamond story

The most popular engagement ring for couples is undoubtedly the solitaire diamond. The first step in the evolution of the engagement ring came in 1475, when Constanzo Sforza gave a diamond ring to Camille of Aragon on their wedding day. But it was in 1477 that things really changed, when Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg chose a diamond engagement ring for his future wife Mary of Burgundy. This marked the beginning of the diamond solitaire tradition for marriage proposals. As the Renaissance progressed, engagement rings became increasingly elaborate, with more and more diamonds. Since then, giving a diamond solitaire as a wedding proposal has become a well-established tradition.


Furthermore, these rings have become universal symbols of love, handed down from generation to generation, and remain precious to every couple. And so, through the ages, the tradition of engagement rings has persisted, marking the beginning of a lasting commitment. These days, engagement ring traditions are changing. Couples are opting for personalised rings, to achieve a unique and meaningful design. Many people are choosing precious stones, such as emeralds or sapphires. Engagement proposals are being made in different ways; privately, in the presence of parents, or on special occasions (trips, romantic restaurants, etc.). It's becoming more important to people to mark this special moment in a way that is meaningful to them and that they will remember for years to come. 

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