Have you ever wondered why an engagement ring is given from one person to another during a marriage proposal rather than perhaps an engagement necklace or ornament of some description. Well, the answer lies deep within history.

 

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During the Roman era of around the 2nd Century a bride-to-be was presented with two rings, one of these she would wear when she is out in public and then other ring she would wear at home whilst doing the housework and other domestic chores. These rings were very much one for best and one for every day. The rings weren’t so much a symbol of love or affection but rather a public display that an engagement had been entered into between the two families. These were originally crafted from iron before gold became the popular choice for both engagement and wedding rings. It then became traditional for the woman to wear an iron ring whilst she was at home and a gold one whilst out in public. It was very much a case of showing off the best ring for all to see whilst still maintaining a ring on the finger whilst at home, but one that was less likely to be damaged and affected by activities in the house. The iron ring also carried the symbolism of the fact that once an engagement contract had been entered into the only way it could be broken was upon the death of either of the parties. Iron was used to show an unbreakable bond.

I am sure many brides to be would be more than happy to wear two engagement rings, although I’m not sure as to the popularity of one of these being one made from iron. I know I would definitely prefer to stick with my single 3 Stone Diamond Engagement Rings much like the ones you can see at https://www.comparethediamond.com/diamond-engagement-rings/trilogy

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Diamond engagement rings are a traditional choice today but the first ever known diamond engagement ring was given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgandy back in 1477. Following on from this diamond engagement rings were often given by members of both nobility and royalty to their bride-to-be. Once the diamond mines in areas like South Africa and the most recently discovered ones in Russia and other parts of the world started to increase production, the use of diamonds in jewellery items became more commonplace and diamond engagement rings started to become the go-to choice.