History of Engagement Rings

Seal it with a ring!

“…. And then he went on his knee. Her heart beats started increasing. Was he?

Yes, he was. It was time to seal the promise!”

Ever  been there done that?

The thing with a ring is that it stands for so much more than other material things. Promise, love, hope, strength, that little piece symbolizes it all and that too, not from today.

Engagement rings were introduced by the Romans. They would wear an iron band while indoors, and the more valuable gold one when outdoors as their betrothal ring. This ring was always worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, because they believed that there was a special vein which ran directly to the heart!  Romantic, right?

During the Middle Ages, sapphires and rubies initially adorned the engagement ring, while diamonds were incorporated much later sometime in the 15th century.  More ephemeral than the diamond ring, the rush ring was hastily made from leaves or grass and lasted in many cases as long as the short-lived engagement. A more enduring and popular 16th century ring, the fede (Italian for faith) betrothal ring signified a marriage’s immutability in its central image of two clasped hands.

Widespread wealth, initiated by the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution and the rich supply of newly discovered African diamond mines, made diamonds available to a greater public. The diamond now could stand alone, and thus, the solitaire engagement ring became fashionable and remains so till date!

With the number of choices of rings available to couples today, they are at liberty to choose what not only represents a centuries-old symbol of love and tradition, but more importantly, a ring that is a personal expression of themselves.

So, come to M.Walters & Co and pick the best piece to Seal the Deal!

 Say it with M Walters