From ancient Rome to a modern advertising campaign, there's a reason we still put a ring on it. How the diamond engagement ring came to be. With Valen

The History of the Engagement Ring

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2022-05-14 07:00:05

From ancient Rome to a modern advertising campaign, there's a reason we still put a ring on it. How the diamond engagement ring came to be.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, thoughts of romance and weddings dance through our heads. Before the wedding, however, there is usually a period called the engagement. This trial-and-error time frame allows the future bride and groom to solidify their relationship in a number of ways. One of the first may be choosing the all-important engagement ring.

Though the diamond engagement ring is a fairly new tradition, the concept of the engagement ring has been around for centuries. The ancient Romans used engagement rings to represent ownership of the future bride. The ring signified a marriage contract was in place and also symbolized the ownership of the daughter would soon transfer from the father to the future groom. In public, the young woman usually wore a gold ring. Back at the house, the gold ring was swapped out for an iron one.

The Romans thought diamonds held supernatural powers and having a diamond in a ring protected the wearer. Pliny the Elder, a renowned philosopher of Ancient Rome wrote, “A diamond baffles poison, keeps off insanity and dispels vain fears.”

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