The History of Engagement Rings

Engagement rings signify the start of an amazing journey with our loved ones, but where exactly did it all start?

AG and Sons have created a wonderful infographic that shows the history of the engagement ring.

The History of Engagement Rings

The History of Engagement Rings

  • 1477 Archduke Maximilian gives 1st diamond engagement ring.
  • Before Diamonds, a simple ring with a message or poem inside was given. This was know as a posy ring.
  • In the 1700’s, the heart shaped ring was the ring of choice.
  • Ruby Rings and claddagh rings were a popular choice throughout time before diamonds became the norm.
  • A sewing thimble was given in place of a ring until the second part of the 19th century.
  • The 1930’s brought about the diamond engagement ring permanently.
  • The fourth finder on the left hand is said to have a vein, vena amorals, which leads directly to the heart.
  • During world war 2, DeBeers began marketing the two months salary myth.
  • £1,780 – £2,740 is the typical price men spend on an engagement ring.
  • 80% of women receive a diamond engagement ring

Interesting Facts About Engagement Rings

  • The average cost of an engagement ring is $5,432.
  • The most popular shape is the round brilliant cut.
  • December is in fact the most popular time of the year to get engaged.
  • Buying a diamond online can save between 20 to 25%.
  • The tradition of an engagement ring was introduced in 1477.
  • The word diamond comes from the greed work ‘Adamant’ which means steadfast or invincible.
  • Ancient culture believed that the third finder on the left hand had a special vein called Vena Amoris, the vein of ‘Love’, that runs directly to the heart.
  • Countries such as England, Untied States, France and Canada traditionally wear the engagement ring on the left hand, whereas Germany, Russia and India wear the ring on the right hand.
  • The mos comment metal used for engagement ring is either white gold or platinum.
  • There is a myth that an engagement ring must be worth at least 2 months of your partners salary. That is false!

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