Diamond engagement rings aren’t a newly set trend of this century rather it started in the previous centuries and became the indication of strong feelings of love and affection for one’s beloved. The heavier the rings in carats, that you will give her, the more in love are you with her, will be depicted through this because you are now ready to show commitment for your relationship with your loved one through this engagement ring which will seal your relationship with her and will bind you both to each other.
There may not be a more spiritual or compelling evolutionary reason behind the use of diamond rings in the engagement ceremony but it does actually have a more material advantage for the businessmen around the globe who wanted a good sale of their most unique, valuable and precious stone, now and in past too.
The history of engagement rings
Originally in ancient times, engagement rings were produced using papyrus and reeds and were started as a clear prayer for a prosperous future of the loved ones in ancient Egypt. Romans also followed the trend and wore engagement rings as their depiction of promise, love and commitment between the couple and to show or honour the ownership of women. Women use to get two rings, one made of iron and the other for the display, to be worn in public made of gold, so to earn respect publicly. Women also use to wear keys in the iron rings to respect their ownership. The man, who wanted to marry a girl, had to ask her hand in marriage from her father and then offer these pieces of fine jewellery to the woman as a promise, commitment and badge that this girl has been taken into a relationship.
The history of diamond engagement rings
Since it’s the most valuable stone, everyone had their own way of looking at it. The Greeks saw diamonds as a sacred stone and believed them to be the tears of the gods; whereas Romans considered them as lucky charms to bring luck, courage and success in hard times like wars. For Romans, diamonds were widely believed to be the splinters of fallen stars. But in the current times of advancement, they are the most expensive and precious stones that symbolise eternal love and thus are being presented to the women to bind them in engagement.
The first ever diamond engagement ring as per the recorded history, was presented to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 in the shape of her name’s initials as ‘M’ with delicately picked thin yet most expensive diamonds by Archduke Maximilian in Vienna. Diamonds were used to depict not only love but also pride in their upper social class. They were extremely expensive and were out of the reach of common people of middle or lower classes.
The DeBeers diamond cartel