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History of the Diamond as an Engagement Ring

Empress Diamonds - Thursday, February 15, 2018

 

Dropped in a champagne glass, hidden in a sandcastle, or presented in a velvet box on one knee, it’s likely that the engagement ring you’re picturing, is a sparkly glittering diamond. But why? Why is it that diamond engagement rings are the go to ring of choice for proposals?

A brief history of engagement rings

Rings that symbolised a couple’s commitment are said to have been started by ancient Egyptians. For them, the never-ending circle of rings symbolized eternity, and the ring was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand where the ‘vena amoris’ (the vein of love) that is linked to the heart is found. Ancient Romans on the other hand used iron rings which signified the lasting nature of the engagement.

Diamonds are said to have first appeared in India in 800 BC. They were linked to the Greek word ‘adamas,’ meaning unbreakable or invincible, and that’s how diamonds came to symbolize ‘steadfast love.’

The first known diamond engagement ring was given by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. It sparked a trend among European aristocracy and nobility that lasts to this day.

How diamonds became forever

In 1947, the slogan ‘A Diamond is forever’ made headlines. Demand for diamonds declined in the 1930s, and in 1947 De Beers launched launched an advertising campaign to bring back the glamour of diamonds with movie stars modeling them every chance they got.

‘A Diamond is forever’ was dubbed the slogan of the century by Advertising Age. And though many slogans have probably taken this title, diamond rings still remain on trend, and the go-to gemstone for proposals.

If you’re ready to pop the question yourself, Empress Diamonds will happily assist you in finding the right ring for your beloved that shows that like diamonds, your love is forever.