A Brief History Of The Diamond Engagement Ring
A boy proposes to a girl with a diamond ring – that’s the romantic image we have these days. An engagement ceremony happens with exchange of diamond rings. When you think of why they choose a diamond ring for proposing or to get engaged, you are left to think from where this tradition came from and why this is followed even op to today.
The indestructible diamond represents the indestructible sanctity of love, everlasting purity and devotion. Though diamonds may not be as rare as many people think; how they became one of the most symbolic gemstones of our time has its own interesting history. You are going to read all about the history and tradition of why diamond is chosen for engagements and proposals.
In earlier times, Egyptians and the Romans had a tradition of giving rings. Grooms give their betrothed a tumbler which is used for sewing. The bride had to cut the top off and use the left of as a ring. The ancient roman men gave their fiancées an iron ring or with a small key attached to the ring symbolising the strength of their relationship. But suddenly in the Dark Ages, the custom of giving engagement rings disappeared. But the ring exchange tradition came back into practice during the 13th century.
First Diamond Engagement Ring In History
For the very first time in the History Maximilian of Austria, of the Habsburg Dynasty, was the person to give his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy, a diamond engagement ring in 1477. During this time, diamonds were very rare and expensive. Not surprisingly they were popular among the royalty and the wealthy across Europe and into Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
This situation all changed when there was a diamond mine found in South Africa by the De Beers brothers in 1871. The mines were called the De Beers Consolidated Mines. Between 1871 and 1914, over two tons of diamonds were extracted from the mines and for the very first time the price of diamonds were low enough that the people other than wealthy could also afford for one. So they marketed the diamonds using huge advertisement campaigns convincing middle-class families to buy the status symbol which was previously only reserved only for the very wealthy. Almost overnight the market for diamonds increased exponentially in Europe.
But during World War II, De Beers found that there was a rise in middle-class families in America and turned their attention towards the USA from Europe. The responses were very pleasing for De Beers. America was investing in diamonds in much bigger numbers than the people in Europe. This was all despite the Great Depression and the War that people were still recovering from. The diamond market has become a massive market and giving diamond engagement rings have become the modern norm.
Modern Times for Diamond Engagement Rings
Now in modern times, platinum has become a more common metal of choice for the engagement ring embedded with diamonds. Platinum is known for its durability and diamond for its eternity. Now grooms express their ultimate sign of love and engagement presenting their fiancées with platinum, gold or rose gold rings with different settings of diamond. Even today there is high demand for diamond rings and more than 78% of all the engagement rings sold are the diamond engagement rings.