Since the beginning of early civilisation, man has used rings as a way to indicate betrothal and as a sign of commitment between partners. Over time the ring has evolved to create the modern engagement rings we recognise today, but still the underlying sentiment of fidelity, honour and love have remained a constant.During the Roman era when this custom started to become more common practice, there was no separate engagement and wedding ring. The one band would be used to represent the engagement period and would then be moved to a different finger once the union had taken place.Originally the band was made of iron because the metal was more readily available and represented strength and fortitude but by the 2nd century A.D. this had become gold. The first acknowledged occasion of a diamond engagement ring being used is in 1477 by Archduke Maximilian of Hamburg presented to his lady love, Mary of Burgundy. While similar examples appeared after this date, becoming increasingly more lavish and ornate from the 1700s, it was really the preserve of the wealthy as diamonds were incredibly rare at the time and therefore hugely expensive.This began to change when in the late 1800s a huge… Read full this story
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