Where did the tradition of engagement rings come from?
Our fixation on diamond engagement rings is not a recent craze generated this era or last but apparently dates back to ancient pre-historic times! The rings that symbolize “for now and forever” in fact date back to caveman times! The caveman actually used to tie cords made of braided grass on the cavelady’s hand to represent a lock of spirit and love between caveman and cavelady. Later on, during ancient Egyptian times, the Egyptians took “till death do us part” to a whole new level where it was a tradition to be buried with either a single silver or gold wire on the third finger of their left hand, believing that this is the direct connection to the heart, and thus binding the soul of Egyptian lady to Egyptian man throughout their entire afterlife! The history of the actual engagement ring has been dated back to very different times but the first noted example of a diamond ring is date back to the 1400s in Austria. Specifically, in 1477 we need to give a very big shout out to Archduke Maximilian of Austria for proposing to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond engagement ring. Archduke’s had the diamonds in the shape of an M (for Mary) when proposing to her. Through Archduke’s proposal, he created a new fixation for gemstones and jewelry. And when diamonds were discovered in South Africa’s cape colony, a new trend began with diamond engagement rings. Tiffany & Co introduced their first engagement ring design in 1886 and in the 1890s, Sears & Roebuck actually made the diamond engagement rings affordable to all!