The Tradition of Engagement Rings

Tradition of engagement rings is longstanding and it means if the woman accepts the proposal of marriage, she wears the ring throughout engagement. This tradition dates back to the Classical era when there was believed to be a vein running straight from the left fourth finger to the heart. This finger is called "ring finger" and it is still traditional one on which we wear engagement rings. Later the tradition became extremely widespread in Western cultures though it may have some regional differences.

It arose in the medieval era after Pope Innocent III in 1215 instituted a mandatory waiting period from engagement to marriage. Only the wealthiest nobles could afford precious stones for the engagement rings for the first few hundred years after that and the most rings were simple metal bands. Germany, Sweden and Denmark still prefer plain bands though in precious metals as engagement rings. After more people became able to afford rings with precious stones, the engagement rings became highly symbolic. The Victorian tradition of engagement rings included gemstones whose initials spelled out a message for LOVE (for example, Lapis lazuli, Opal, Vermarine and Emerald). Rings with precious stones which spelled out Dearest or Regards were also popular.

Nowadays the most common type of engagement rings is a diamond solitaire ring. De Beers made a large advertising campaign in the 1940s which has made this tradition of engagement rings so popular.

There are multiple designs and styles of engagement rings in highly expensive metals and gems as well as simple classical engagement bands available nowadays. Choose the one matching your lifestyle!