The history of engagement rings

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Do you often wonder who invented engagement rings? And when and why did women began lusting after diamonds?

 

The first ever use of diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477 when Archduke Maximillian gave the very first diamond engagement ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy. This initiated the trend of diamond rings amongst the European aristocracy and nobility. 

 

Victorians popularized the diamond engagement rings further by combing diamonds with other gemstones and precious metals. These rings were usually crafted in the shape of flower and were named as posey rings. The trend continued during the Edwardian era where diamond rings were crafted by pairing diamonds with other jewels mostly in filigree settings.

 

Diamonds were considered to be rare and expensive for those with lesser means. The discovery of the African Diamond mines in 1870s gave a boost to the use of diamonds in engagement rings. The Dee Beers Company which was the sole owner and operator of these mines in South Africa created the slogan a diamond is forever in the year 1948. This re-ignited the public interest in the rare gem which had declined during the First World War and even more during the Great Depression.

 

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Over all these years, the round brilliant cut is the most popular cut for diamond engagement rings. Other popular cuts include the princess cut, emerald cut, and oval cut.

 

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