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Gemvara Blog » Gem Class: History of Engagement Rings

Gem Class: History of Engagement Rings

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Blog, Gem Class | One Comment


You’ve lusted over diamonds, swooned over gemstones, and created a Pinterest board of your favorite engagement rings. Subtle hints have been given and you are patiently waiting for an expensive, sparkly, fantastic piece of bling for your left hand.

Guys – blame it on the Archduke Maximilian and Constanzo Sforza. First, in 1945 Constanzo Sforza gave his bride, Camilla d’Aragona, a diamond ring with a poem. Next, in 1477 the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M”.

This wasn’t the first time rings had been used to symbolize love and ownership. Around 2800 BC Egyptians were buried wearing rings made of silver or gold on the fourth finger of their left hands (or third not including the thumb) believed to be connected directly to the heart. In 2nd Century BC, Pliny the Elder says the groom gives the bride a gold ring during the marriage ceremony and then an iron ring at home to symbolize ownership.

Around seventeenth century, people focused on gemstones and lighter designed. Then in the 18th century, diamonds were discovered in Brazil and then in the Cape Colony. There was a huge shift to diamonds when the cutting improved and the diamonds could shine in the light.

Today more than ever, the engagement ring whether with diamonds or gemstones represent the strongest bond two people could ever have and the symbol of impenetrable love. Pick out and customize your favorite Gemvara piece!

1 Comment

  1. Lisa
    September 17, 2012

    I like how an engagement ring has evolved to be pretty much anything the bride adores. A diamond is not the only beautiful stone that can be used and many jewelers are quite creative in their designs.

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