The History of Engagement Rings...

We are writing for the ultimate lifestylist.  Here is a piece on the history of engagement rings which is just fascinating !



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Since we are about to launch our first full bridal collection, I have been doing a lot of research on engagement rings. I’m going to share with you some of the amazing facts I have found !

  • Engagement rings were first used by the Romans and might even have been used by the Greeks and Egyptians.
  • In Roman times, the bride to be would be given 2 rings – one made of iron to be worn at home and 1 made of gold to be worn outside.
  • Originally engagement rings were worn on the little finger because it was thought that there was a vein – the vena amoris – that linked to the heart.
  • In the Visgothic period in the 7th century, the Visigothic Code stated that once a ring had been given under no circumstances could the pledge to lifelong marriage be broken. This understanding has stayed with us since.
  • The first documented diamond engagement ring was given by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 but they were still only given by the highest echelons of society.
  • In the 1930s, the price of diamonds collapsed in the great depression and the discovery of more mines made diamonds more affordable.
  • In 1947, De Beers launched their ‘Diamonds are forever campaign.’ In 1939 only 10% of engagement rings had diamonds and by 1980 80% of engagement rings had diamonds. It was one of the most successful marketing campaigns in history.
  • The trend now is towards using coloured stone engagement rings. See here an amber topaz and diamond ring that Augustine Jewels have recently made.
  • In Nordic Countries, engagement rings are made by both men and women. This looks like a trend too..
  • Our new bridal range will be inspired by Venice. We just thought that the arrival by boat of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin was the most romantic thing ! But there is much more to Venice.. Venetian glass and Venetian lace and lots and lots of colour.


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