Engagement Rings from here to Eternity

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When further sources of diamonds were discovered in the nineteenth
century, it increased the availability and they became more fashionable,
particularly set in engagement rings.


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The oldest recorded exchange of engagement rings dates back nearly 5000
years ago to ancient Egypt when a never ending band was linked with
eternal love. Later for the Romans, a young ladies acceptance of a ring
was a legal agreement and meant that the girl was no longer available.
These ancient engagement and wedding rings were not gold engagement rings
but were often made from simple and crude bands of iron.

Even in these modern times, the gold engagement ring is still regarded as
a potent symbol of unity and marriage, which sends out a message about a
persons marital status. Traditions have changed over the centuries and
not only have the materials which the rings are made out of changed, but
men too are now choosing to wear a ring as a symbol of lasting love,
fidelity and commitment.

These early tokens which indicated the sealing of a marriage contract,
were certainly very different from what we now accept today as an
engagement ring and probably wouldn’t have turned too many heads or
invoked the green eyed monster because of their beauty and brilliance. In
early Roman times rings were simple hoops made out of iron and it wasn’t
until much later times that this metal was replaced with precious metals
such as gold and silver which do not rust and are more attractive.

Although diamonds were discovered in India at the beginning of the ninth
century, it wasn’t until 1500 onwards that brides to be would be wearing
something a little bit more special and even then, diamonds would be very
much for the wealthy and for royalty.

Since their discovery, diamonds have always been prized for their beauty
and brilliance as well as their extreme hardness and the word diamond
originated from the Greek word adamas, which means unconquerable. Some
even believed diamonds to possess magical powers and along with their
other properties, this has made diamonds perfect as a representation of
the marriage bond.

When further sources of diamonds were discovered in the nineteenth
century, it increased the availability and they became more fashionable,
particularly set in engagement rings.
Styles of engagement rings have varied greatly over the years but still
some designs have remained popular throughout. The single diamond
solitaire is a strong favourite and nobody can resist that big sparkler.
The three stone styles have also remained popular and many still believe
that this signifies ‘I Love You’.

Although some ladies have chosen other precious gemstones for their
engagement rings such as rubies, emeralds, opals and many more, the
diamond still is the favourite and as the song says ‘Diamonds Are A Girls
Best Friend’.

Platinum has also become a popular although a very expensive alternative
to gold and silver. Recently there has been a surge in interest in
engagement rings made from titanium and zirconium because not only are
these metals attractive, lightweight and very hard wearing but they are
also hypoallergenic. These metals lend themselves well to more modern
styles and the metals can be heat treated to produce wonderful colour
effects which make many rings totally unique pieces as no two will ever
look the same.

Because of their hardness, Titanium and Zirconium are also used to
produce stunning tension set diamond engagement rings, an effect which
would be much more difficult to achieve with precious metals which are
much softer and more prone to wear over the years increasing the
likelihood of the precious stone working loose from the .

Most people wear their engagement ring on the third finger of the left
hand although there are a few European countries where the engagement
ring is worn on the right hand. The reason for wearing on the third
finger of the left hand is thought to date back to ancient Rome and Egypt
when it was believed that a vein that ran through that finger ran
straight to the heart. Many women also wear their gold wedding ring with
a diamond engagement ring and an eternity ring.