Evolution – History of the Engagement Ring


Every couple dreams of their marriage especially women. It is supposed to be the most beautiful day, surrounded with your loved ones. The perfect place, perfect set up and the perfect dress.

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But before all that happens, as a man for your perfect women, one needs to find the perfect ring. A ring that makes her feel like a queen and fits her taste. But the engagement ring was not the same as it is today, like any other form of jewelry, this has also evolved over centuries and every era saw a different style.

The idea of an engagement ring goes back all the way to the ancient Egypt, maybe even more.

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution:

ANCIENT PAST

As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES

As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700

In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800

The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY

In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930

In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940

In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970

The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

 1990-PRESENT

There has been no set trend set throughout the ages, no design stayed for long. There was trend for sapphires and emeralds that hardly got enough limelight. But today or the past years, everyone is choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

As we move into a modern trend, it is not possible for everyone to afford precious stones, so they are moving towards imitation jewelry as well and no it is not cheap., it’s sensible if you have a really short budget. Imitation rings are set with American diamonds and are designed as beautiful as any other. So today, it’s up to the one who is buying the ring what they want and not what the trend is.

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