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Engagement Ring – A Symbol of Love Eternal

When a marriage proposal is made, a diamond engagement ring is offered to signify the commitment from one lover to another. It is the quintessential gift of love that frames a romance, a promise made that is indelibly etched in the heart and soul of another.

An engagement ring is often the most treasured piece of jewelry that a lover can possess. It is not only a symbol of love eternal, but also of great value.

The tradition of engagement rings began thousands of years ago. The history of the engagement ring remains unchanged through the centuries. Usually given to the woman from a man, it has been the most important symbol of love, a plead to hearing those famous anticipated words: “Yes, I will marry you!”

The future bride wears the engagement ring for the whole world to see. The love of her life is with her, it is a direct connection to her lover’s heart and his promise, no matter the distance. Admiring the radiance of a sparkling diamond engagement ring is not just looking into a precious stone; the significance goes far beyond that. It is jewelry that speaks to the soul and radiates the presence of love wherever you are.
The history of the engagement ring dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Over the millennia engagement rings have changed, today a diamond engagement ring is the most sought after in the world. About 80 percent of engagement rings sold today are diamond.
Diamonds were first discovered in India around 800 B.C.  but did not become available to a wider market until the discovery of diamonds in Africa in the 19th Century.
The diamond is the hardest natural mineral known. The word diamond originates from the Greek word “adamas” meaning indestructible.
Many myths exist today about diamonds. The Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of the Gods. The Romans thought that diamonds were shooting stars that fell from the sky.

Diamonds were very rare, only the royalty, or very wealthy could enjoy them. It is recorded that the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximilian of Hamburg, Austria in 1477.
From the 16th century on royal marriages included diamond rings. In 1839, Queen Victoria got a diamond engagement ring from Prince Albert. When time came, Prince Philip kept the diamond tradition by giving his fiancée, now Queen Elizabeth II, an engagement ring with diamonds from the crown of Princess Alice, his mother.
Combination diamond and other gems became popular. The Queen Mother's engagement ring included sapphire and diamonds. The ring of Princess Anne resembled that ring as well. Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a sapphire and diamond ring. Sarah Ferguson was proposed with a ruby and diamond ring.

In the 18th Century diamonds became more available with the discovery of diamonds in Brazil. With the increased supply of diamonds fashionable diamond jewelry became vogue. In 1886, the famous Tiffany House began to market a solitaire diamond engagement ring.
The popularity of diamond jewelry became more pronounced upon the entry to the market of the now famous De Beers diamond merchants in the middle of the 20th Century. Their marketing campaign helped make the diamond engagement ring what it is today.
Over the centuries, plenty of changes have occurred in the design and shape of engagement rings. Whether the ring is classic, contemporary, or antique style, they all have found a place in the market.
Some rings have more than one diamond. Dazzling designs include other precious gems, such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. A diamond can be shaped by a variety of ways. Engagement rings can be made to reflect a mood or a woman’s preference. They can be romantic, they can be charming, and they all can make a statement. Diamond shapes include pear, round, princess, heart, marquis, and square.
The ring itself comes in a myriad of ways. They come in white gold and platinum, in yellow gold, some in a combination of yellow and white.  Filigree rings were popular back in the 19th century, but still hold the appeal today. The sides of the ring can also be designed to hold small diamonds, or be decorated with engravings or carvings of all sorts, most popular being flowers, leaves and hearts. Any design made to bring out the full beauty of the center diamond is imaginable.