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Engagement Ring History

A Brief History of Diamond Engagement Rings

A diamond ring is considered as the ultimate symbol of love and commitment. The history of diamond engagement rings is as rich and bright as the stone itself. InIndia, diamonds were discovered during the 4th century BC, and were used in talismans, ornaments, and cutting tools. During the dark ages, it was believed that ingesting diamonds could cure diseases and heal wounds.

 

So, from when did diamond become a romantic symbol? The history of diamond engagement rings didn’t begin inIndia, but started inAustriawhen Archduke Maximilian sent a diamond-studded ring to Mary of Burgundy in the year 1477. It is the first recorded diamond engagement ring. History says that Egyptians used to create ring designs with ivory, hemp, leather or bone that were worn on the fourth finger of the left hand.

 

If you take a look at Greek history, you will see that they wore plain betrothal rings, which were made from iron, copper, gold or silver. The choice of material depended on the financial status of the person. Sometimes they used to engrave messages or poems on the rings. The history of engraved rings perhaps started from here.

 

In the 15th century, the Archduke of Austria started the trend of presenting diamond rings to their intended, but not everyone were able to follow the tradition because diamonds were too costly. Those who couldn’t afford diamonds offered Gimmel, or Claddagh rings to their fiancés. This engagement ring is made of two rings, and both the lovers wear one each. On the day of the wedding, both the rings are put together and slipped on the bride’s finger. During the 17th and 18th centuries, ring designs featuring coloured gemstones gained popularity. These rings were not only colourful, but significantly lighter on the pocket as well.

 

After diamond mines were discovered inAfricain the 18th century, prices came down, making them affordable to all. The popularity of diamond increased since then; thanks to the marketing campaign of DeBeers, which came up with the slogan “Diamonds are forever”. Now, you can find numerous styles and models of these rings that are designed to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences.

 

Aping the west, the custom of gifting rings to fiancés slowly became a part of the Indian culture too. To keep up with the increasing market demand, numerous e-jewellery stores sprung up on the internet. You can buy rings from online jewellery stores online at unbelievable prices.

 

By Subash Sharma V

 

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Why Are Diamonds Considered As Best Engagement Rings

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By Simriya Singh

We are all looking to be happy, infinitely happy, content with the person we are with, secure in the knowing that he/she will always be there for us come what may. You may be thinking of proposing this year. Maybe they are expecting it or maybe it is completely out of the blue, either way it has the impact that lasts a lifetime. Being in love instantly attracts us to all the beautiful things around us, sunsets, walks along the beach, holding hands in the cinema, romancing and doing those little things for each other that lets us know we are loved. We also begin to appreciate giving, giving time, giving compliments, giving little gifts and giving big gifts.

 

Giving diamond jewellery is a perfect big gift.

 

The healing properties of diamonds

Diamonds, it is believed, have a particular effect on the wearer, bringing clarity, unity and fidelity hence chosen as the primary stone in engagement rings. But before you even go down that road you may want to know more about the perfect engagement ring and why we use diamonds. Part of our new found love for each other is the tradition of proposing with a luxury engagement ring. Giving a precious jewel on the day you propose adds more sparkle and magic than you know.

 

Diamonds represent faithfulness, love, purity, innocence, and relationships filled with love. They are believed to remove certain types of disturbances in the aura. Diamond jewellery inspires creativity, ingenuity, faith, endurance, and helps in manifesting abundance in all areas of life. As the hardest known mineral, (Moissanite being the second hardest) it is especially esteemed owing to its beauty, purity, and ability to reflect light depending on the cut used. Wearing a diamond encourages clarity, and clear positive resolution of all problems that bother us. Diamonds work together with other crystals in accentuating their vibratory healing properties.

 

In Hinduism diamonds are associated with the planet Venus, while some other ancient cultures believed that they are connected to the planet Mars. The latter is probably due to the warriors’ custom of wearing diamond stones in battle for protection and strength. It was thought that diamonds make the warriors invincible and that they fortify their muscles. The Greek word for diamond – adamas – which means invincible may support this belief. According to Hindu astrology diamonds are considered auspicious if worn on a Friday and should be at least.59 carats in weight but preferably 1.5 carats. The back of the diamond needs to touch the skin of the wearer, and there are very in-depth processes for blessing the ring prior to wearing it. These include washing the ring in various liquids and reciting mantras.

 

When wearing diamonds for astrological benefits you need to have had it prescribed for you and if the diamond does not touch the skin it will not have any effect. It would be prescribed by a Hindu Pundit, if you choose to wear one without the confirmation you can risk negative effects occurring, such as health, wealth and relationship issues.

 

The most famous diamond in the world the Koh-I-Noor has a significant history and is believed to be a 5000 year old gem from India. With a colorful history it is thought to have destroyed those dynasties whose leaders were male.

 

The gem was presented to QueenVictoriaby Dileep Singh in 1851 and ever since has been passed down to the wife of the male heir to the British throne. The British Royal family may well be aware of the Curse of the Kohinoor – ‘He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity.’ This may be the reason women are presented with a diamond ring when proposed to whereas men tend not to wear diamond rings but stick to gold wedding bands.

 

Choosing the Perfect Ring

For the most of us however the ring is not purchased for its healing properties and in the west the healing aspect is not even recognised so no need to worry about inauspicious occurrences.

 

There are many different styles of luxury engagement rings from your traditional solitaire to the more detailed split shank engagement ring with its vast design options. Celebrity style engagement rings, 3 stone, 5 stone or 7 stone/half eternity rings. The list goes on so if you are thinking of proposing this year find out exactly what she likes if you are not sure ask a few of her friends who may be able to give you an idea of what she likes.

 

Diamond jewellery or quality gemstone jewellery appeals to our senses during this heightened romantic engagement period. The sparkle of the gems, the beauty they exude and the happiness they bring when purchasing and presenting to your loved one, are second to none.

 

Also keep in mind your budget, suggested cost is about 1 month salary, remember this ring needs to last a lifetime.

 

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