Have you ever wondered where the idea of a diamond engagement ring came from? The history of the diamond engagement ring is long and interesting. Diamond rings first started circulating in Rome around 100CE. However, those uncut diamond rings were more of a status symbol and valued more for their hardness than their dazzle. Where did the first diamond engagement ring come from?
There are so many beautiful gems that can be fashioned into engagement rings, yet the diamond engagement ring has held steady in its popularity since the 1400s. The rarity of the diamond likely plays a tremendous role in its symbolism. Diamonds from deep within the earth’s mantle, at least 100 miles under the surface of the earth, making them difficult to mine.
Through the years, these sparkling gems have developed a reputation for being “forever” and conveying the message that a couple’s love will also be “forever”. Romantic notions aside, a diamond will last forever, it is one of the hardest natural materials on the planet.
When Did the First Diamond Engagement Ring Make the Scene?
As legend would have it, the first diamond engagement ring was presented by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to his fiancée Mary of Burgundy. The simple gold band was encrusted with diamonds in the shape of an M monogram. The M was both for Mary and Maximillian. The year was 1477.
Of course, it is highly likely that diamond rings were given before this date to seal an engagement, but this is the date that the American Gem Society recognizes. Early Romans often presented their bride-to-be with a ring (sometimes containing a diamond) to their betrothed but it was not worn on a finger. The “engagement ring” was kept on a key chain with keys.
A Diamond Engagement Ring is a Lovely Tradition
The unique history combined with the rarity of these gems, make engagement rings with diamonds a wonderfully traditional way for a couple to show their love. There are many different styles, and even options for full customization to help couples find unique rings that fit their personalities.
A beautiful engagement ring is the perfect way to start a life together. There is the perfect ring out there for every couple. We can help you choose the perfect ring for your beloved. For more information, give us a call today.