Wedding ring is one of the most important gifts the girls dream about. In addition to that, if it is made of gold and adorned with diamonds, there is no end to girl’s happiness.
Semantics of the act of wedding
Since the times immemorial people formed wedding community, strived to build their family and to live together for many years. Institution of marriage takes various forms in various cultures. It seems that in some of them it became superfluous in the course of several recent decades. However, most people consider marriage as an important form of unity and irreplaceable decision in one’s life.
Mutual commitment of a woman and a man to enter married life is called engagement. Enamored couple offer to each other their firm belief that they will cherish their mutual love forever. Part of their commitment is that they will remain faithful to each other. The strength of their mutual feeling, and faith that it will last forever, decides upon the firmness of given promise.
Engagement can also be marked by an official announcement, that is by celebration of engagement. Giving ring to a girl is one of the most beautiful customs and happiest events, usually celebrated within the family. On the other hand, engagement might be celebrated almost like wedding in some places, with many people invited.
Engagement time also denotes the time between engagement itself and the wedding. There were times when this period was supposed to last for one half of a year, to provide time to future partners to get better acquainted. Upon completion of this period the couple could decide to cancel the engagement, or to organize a very marry wedding celebration. Therefore engagement period was considered as a sort of test, a challenge to the intensity of mutual love.
How did the looks of engagement ring change through times?
Regardless of the way of celebrating the union, engagement ring represents a symbolic entrance gate to future community. Its history is interesting and curious. It does not have only to do with customs and ways of proposing, but also with the looks of the very ring, as a symbol of engagement.
Engagement ring has a long tradition, ever since the times of Ancient Egypt. Round shape of the ring symbolizes continuity and everlasting. Egyptians of those times emphasized the symbol by constructing this piece of jewelry as they did. The ring was presented to beloved chosen one as a symbol of unbreakable love and conjugal union.
Western culture adopted this symbolism, and the custom of presenting and wearing of engagement ring. Starting communal life in the times of early Christianity was also marked by presentation of a ring.
Centuries later, free spirit of Humanism and Renaissance was transferred also to Protestants. Well known for their unconventional doctrine, Protestants, that is Puritans, had their own idea of the act of engagement: the girl was given a simple metal – thimble. She used it while sewing her wedding gown and other items needed for entering conjugal union. Upon wedding, the tip of the thimble was cut off, and the rest remained as her wedding ring. However, since the 19th century it became customary to present the girl with a special engagement and wedding ring.
Upon discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1867, European jewelry market was flooded with various precious stones. White diamonds, blue sapphires, red rubies, green emeralds and other stones adorned European ladies of the high society. Queen Victoria was the first one to wear diamond jewelry. Ever since, such jewelry was called Victorian, as well as the epoch of her rule.
Towards the end of the 19th century, famous jewelry company Tiffany introduced something new in the central and most prominent part of the ring. Ever since then diamond engagement rings are being made according to that perfect model.
Diamond engagement ring
Tradition of engagement with diamond ring was started by Archduke Maximillian of Austria as early as in 1477. He presented his future wife, Maria of Burgenland, with a diamond engagement ring.
Initially, engagement ring adorned the left hand, to be transferred to the right one upon wedding. Therefore, it had dual function and meaning. However, in modern times two different rings serve the purpose. Specific by its looks, wedding ring is a recognizable sign of marriage. As a special indicator of love, it might bear engraved names of the newlyweds, and also a symbol whose meaning only the two of them know.
Diamond engagement ring is reserved for the future bride, and she should enjoy in its meaning. The small circular mark on her hand shows the world that her heart belongs to one man. Her faith, that is her promise to him, must not be crushed, and her happiness must not be upset.
Regardless of its classical or modern looks, engaged girl will wear her engagement ring with love. If it is decorated with a diamond, or with some other precious stone, it will certainly be worn with special joy and pride.
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During the Second World War platinum was used exclusively for military purposes. This precious metal is nowadays used for manufacture of the most luxurious jewelry.
In the times of Great World Wars, yellow gold was considered as ideal material for engagement and wedding rings. Years later, gold in its yellow, white and pink variety is being used for modelling all sorts of rings and other jewelry.
In the aftermath of the War, round diamond cut became actual and its form was the golden standard for American jewelry makers. Many celebrities were engaged with diamond rings, and that added to the popularity of that sort of jewelry.
Elegant motifs and modern aesthetics is what characterizes the design of reputed jewelry manufacturers, like IDC, Chopard or Moriah. Whether you will choose clear, sharp lines, or tender and rounded form – all depends on the character and style of your chosen one.
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