Marriage often begins with a proposal, and is usually accompanied by a diamond ring that represents the promise to spend the rest of each other’s lives together. Sometimes the proposal involves complex planning, such as fireworks or hiding the ring inside dessert. While everyone has a different experience, proposals are rooted in history and tradition.
A Symbol of Eternity
There are many possible origins of the engagement ring.
Ancient Egyptians often wore lots of jewellery, and each piece signified a specific meaning. They believed that the circle was a symbol of eternity, and would exchange rings with each other as a sign of love and loyalty.
In Greece, they would often gift rings with an image of Eros on it to their lovers. Eros was a cupid-like god, who created feelings of love among people, and represented procreation.
Ancient Roman men would gift their brides with rings made of iron to symbolize a lasting and strong relationship. Eventually, the Romans began to carve important symbols, or even the faces of the couple in the rings.
The first recorded diamond engagement ring was used in 1477. Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring that had diamonds in the shape of an “M.” This gesture opened the door for European Aristocrats to add more embellishments to their betrothal rings as well.
After the discovery of the first diamond mine, and the famous marketing by DeBeers that a “diamond is forever,” diamond engagement rings are now a staple for modern couples.
Ring Trends Through the Ages
The once simple engagement ring became more intricate with the advancement of goldsmith techniques in the 15th century.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, multiple bands with diamonds began to be used to make the engagement ring more prominent.
Today, people are creating their own trends. Some women are even choosing to use gemstones instead of diamonds. The kind of metal used also varies. Where yellow gold was the standard in ancient times, the use of platinum or various colours of gold are the most common choices today.
Why Is There A Specific Ring Finger?
Why not the index finger or the left hand? You may not have given it a second thought, but there is a story behind why the engagement ring and wedding bands are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand.
Historically, rings have been worn on every finger on both hands. However, it was the Ancient Egyptians who believed there was a vein in the fourth finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. By placing your wedding ring on this vein, you were able to create that emotional connection to the ring. It was also a clear sign that you belonged to someone.
Here at Alberta Diamond Exchange, we can help you find the perfect ring to fit your style and personality. From diamonds to coloured stones, vintage, classic, or modern styles, your ring will capture more than just that moment of initial love. It will showcase your love for eternity.
Christmas is still about a month away, but we promise that once you blink, you’ll open your eyes to the sight of Christmas morning rather quickly. Have you gotten all your gifts yet? What about one for your significant other? Your mother? Even your father? If you haven’t, well, it’s best to get on it! If you’re in need of ideas and really want to get them something special—especially if we’re talking about your significant other here—it’s about time you visit a fine jewelry store. At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we carry a wide variety of beautiful fine jewelry that will make for the perfect Christmas gift for your sweetheart, regardless if you’re shopping for a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife.
Our selection includes:
1) Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds
Diamonds are beautiful, stylish, and last forever, making them a great Christmas present (which we’re sure you already know). From diamond bracelets and necklaces to earrings and rings, we carry a wide assortment of diamond jewelry that’ll make the perfect gift for her—no matter if “her” refers to your girlfriend, mother, sister, or anyone in between.
2) Watches for Him and Her
We also carry watches for both him and her. Even with the rise in popularity of cell phones (and thus using cell phones to check the time), watches have failed to go out of style. We carry a wide range of them in our inventory that’ll make the perfect gift whether you’re looking to gift him or her something special. We also carry a selection of watch winders starting at $295.
3) Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings
At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we also carry high-quality necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that’ll make for the perfect stocking stuffers. We have a wide selection of jewelry made from high-quality materials and precious stones, including diamonds, sapphires, morganite, and more. Whether you’re looking for the perfect necklace that says I Love You or a nice gift to show someone how much you appreciate them, you can find that and more at our fine jewelry store.
We Also Do Custom Work
If you’re looking to custom design jewelry or repurpose old jewelry for a special Christmas gift, we can help you with that as well. We can create beautiful custom work that is sure to blow away the person you gift it to.
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Don’t wait to the last minute to start your Christmas shopping. Visit our fine jewelry store today for all the Christmas gift inspiration you need this holiday season!