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The Engagement Ring

The most important ring you will probably ever buy is the ring engagement. As we all know if a person is wearing an engagement ring it is a sign that she is engaged to be married. It symbolises a commitment between two people and is given to the women after she has accepted the marriage proposal from the man. It is a bond of love tying the two people together showing the world that you are ready to start a life together and take care of each other.

The engagement ring dates back to the 15 century and the first known engagement ring, which was a diamond ring, was the one presented to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria back in 1477 and they got married 24 hours later. The following 400 years showed diamonds being mostly reserved for the wealthy and royalty and it was only during the 1870s after the discovery of the diamond mines in South Africa that diamonds become more affordable for the general public.

Have you ever wondered why the engagement ring and wedding band is placed on the fourth finger on the left hand? Apparently, according to Greek believe the vein known as the vena amoris can be found in that specific finger and runs straight to the heart. The smallest ring engagement ever recorded was the one given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII in 1518 when she was only two years old and took place during her betrothal to Dauphin of France, also an infant which was the son of King Francis I.

Platinum became the metal of choice for engagement rings during the 20th century. It was a lot stronger and durable, especially for holding the diamond but unfortunately during World War II it was declared as a strategic metal and was only allowed to be used for military purposes and that was why yellow and white gold became a popular choice for engagement rings. It is only during the past 10 years or so that platinum made a huge comeback as far as engagement rings and wedding bands is concerned.

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