The Story of the First Engagement Ring

Posted by ABELINI TEAM | 02 November 2018

If you have always been intrigued by the backstory of your jewelries, then you are not alone. The history of jewelries is a huge topic of digging and discussion on the Internet, some even bigger than others. Engagement rings are one of those pieces the history of which easily piques the curiosity of enthusiasts. Well, that said, seekers are in luck, for the history of the engagement ring is just as fascinating as you hoped.

The first recorded diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477. The ring was commissioned by the Archduke Maximillian of Austria, a man of great eminence to his betrothed who was the lovely Mary of Burgundy.  

As romantic as that is, it also was a trendsetting move for it sparked the sacred trend of proposing marriage with diamond rings. Not long after, men in European aristocracy were popping the question to their beloved with jaw-dropping diamond rings which they got crafted especially for the occasion.

Over the years, this trend which started out as a thing of the privileged passed on to the common people. The trend matured into a ritual and so proposing with a diamond engagement ring became a tradition globally.

Although Archduke Maximillian’s ring was the first ever recorded engagement ring, it was by no chance, the first engagement ring ever. Anthropologists believe that the tradition of proposing with a ring originated in ancient Rome. It was a Roman custom for wives to wear rings with a tiny key hooked to it. The key in the ring symbolized the ownership of their husbands.

If that was how engagement rings came into being, much has changed since. Today, a woman wearing an engagement ring signifies that she has been lovingly taken by the man of her dreams.

Through different eras in history, engagement ring designs have been modified to meet the creative temperament of that period. From posey rings of the Victorian era to filigree rings of Edwardian, the engagement ring has overall a long and fulfilling history.

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