The history of the engagement ring dates back to 1477 when Mary of Burgundy was presented with a diamond engagement ring by Archduke Maximilian of Austria as he proposed marriage. At this time diamonds were rare and tended to be reserved for the upper class elite or even royalty. At the time of the Roman Empire, early betrothal rings were traditionally worn on the third finger of the left hand, sometimes made from twisted copper or even braided hair. It was thought that a vein in the third finger (vena amoris) ran directly to the heart and that this would enhance the loving relationship.
Today, an engagement ring is a tradition symbolising a commitment to a marriage and represents the ideal of eternal love. This will be the most romantic jewellery item you will ever purchase or receive. It can be chosen spontaneously or after careful consideration and contemplation. The choice of an engagement ring often represents the personality of a loved one, which can be vivacious and spectacular, or can even represent the nature of a relationship, simple yet special.
Engagement ring designs vary from modern to unusual, traditional and even vintage or antique styles, set in yellow gold, white gold, silver, platinum or palladium. The majority of engagement rings purchased today contain diamonds. Engagement ring designs can be self-chosen, pre-designed, or re-set to be unique, inspiring and flattering.
The engagement ring of your dreams is just around the corner, whether it is created using diamonds, gem stones or a combination of both, it can be brightly colourful and ornate, or simple and classic in its design. The perfect engagement ring is just waiting for that special occasion to shine and be used to adorn the woman of your dreams. The solitaire diamond setting for an engagement ring can showcase a diamond’s beauty and can have the most remarkable effect, reflecting light and can overshadow any other ring in comparison. Like catching a falling star, the purchase of an engagement ring is a once in a lifetime moment, trapping stardust and dreams in a never ending circle of love and gold, a moment eternal.