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She said “Yes!”: everything about engagement rings

It is impossible to describe engagement rings as ordinary jewelry. They are symbols of eternal love, fidelity, and readiness to start a family. 

When a man decides to propose marriage, the choice of a ring becomes one of the main issues. Therefore, in this post, we want to cover such topics as the history of the engagement rings, how to choose them and what trends exist at the moment.

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The history of the engagement ring

It is difficult to say exactly when and where the tradition of giving a ring to a woman and offering to get married emerged. However, according to historians, the earliest references to this came from ancient Egypt and Rome. 

In Egypt, the finger jewelry presented to a woman did not have quite the same meaning as we are putting into it today. It was rather a symbol of a woman belonging to a certain man. In Roman traditions, it was more about status. However, there is speculation that husbands gave their wives not just one ring, but two, one of which was worn in public (gold) and the other one (iron) at home. 

Later, this custom began to develop into a trend that we know today. Thus, because of a diamond engagement ring presented to Mary of Burgundy in the 15th century, this tradition began to gain momentum among European aristocracy. Over time, it expanded and has reached the present day.

Some interesting facts

Engagement rings have their own specifics in different cultures and countries. From the very beginning, it was common to propose with a diamond ring in the West. The bride had to wear the jewelry on the ring finger of her left hand. It was believed that it is through this finger that the “vein of love” passes, going straight to the heart.

In the East, in the countries of Asia, engagement jewelry may have insets of multiple coloured gems.

How to choose the perfect engagement ring

Choosing a ring for this occasion is a very important step, which becomes a real challenge for a lot of men. Here are main points to consider:

1. Set a budget

Before you go to a jewelry store, be sure to set a budget. Find a balance between desires and possibilities, and don't forget about the bouquet!)

2. Choose the type of metal

Beforehand, it is worth finding out if the woman is allergic to any precious metals. Yes, this is rare, but it is worth taking into account so as not to spoil the X moment.

The most popular metals are:

  • Gold. A classic choice, available in yellow, white, and pink colors. Usually, the choice depends on the woman's preferences and color type. 

  • Platinum: A more expensive yet durable metal that does not tarnish over time.

  • Silver: The most affordable of all the options, but it requires more frequent cleaning as it tarnishes and darkens over time. By the way, we always cover our silver jewelry with either white rhodium or gold plating to protect it from the negative effects and extend its lifespan.

3. Choose a gemstone

Diamonds remain the benchmark when it comes to engagement rings. When selecting this gem, it is important to consider the four Cs: Carat, Cut, Color and Clarity. The better the indicators are, the more expensive and beautiful the jewel will be.

In addition to diamonds, you can also look at other variants of gemstones, such as sapphires, emeralds, or rubies. This is a less common but equally beautiful choice.

If you want something more affordable, consider lab-grown gems. These can be moissanites or cubic zirconia. They are great analogs of diamonds.

4. Decide on the design

The ring should reflect the personality and style of your beloved. There are different variants of engagement jewelry: classic solitaires (when we have one large accent stone in the center), a ring with a pave and a gem in the center, more minimalistic wide rings with small inlays, etc. 

There are currently no strict rules, so you can choose more modern variations of rings. If you are not sure of the bride's preferences, you can pay attention to her everyday jewelry and style of clothing.

Current trends

In recent years, we have seen many new and interesting trends in the world of engagement rings. Here are a few of them that deserve your attention:

  • Eco-friendly rings

More and more people are choosing rings made of recycled metals and ethically mined gemstones. This can be called not only a manifestation of care for the environment, but also a sign of conscious consumption.

  • Colored gemstones

Although diamonds remain a classic, a lot of couples choose rings with colored inlays. 

  • Vintage and antique rings

Rings in vintage or antique style are very popular due to their history and unique design. They often have intricate ornaments and details that make them truly special.

  • Individual design

Most jewelers offer services for creating individual ring designs. This allows you to realize all your wishes and create a unique piece of jewelry that will be one of a kind.

If you are still searching for the perfect engagement ring, then please the future bride with our interesting rings that will definitely emphasize her individuality!