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History of the Diamond Engagement Ring


You may not want to admit it, but Christmas is fast approaching! With it comes the inevitable panic of buying presents and gifts for friends and family. But if it is jewellery you are after, look no further than Steffans. And if you are planning on popping the big question, here is a little history about the birth and popularity of diamond engagement rings.

History An engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand, although this varies worldwide, signifying the person wearing it is to be married.  Conventionally given by the man to the woman, it represent a formal acceptance of a marriage request.

Traced back as far as Ancient Egypt, engagement rings or bands were given as they believed the circle symbolised a never ending cycle. This ring was then worn on the ring finger of the left had as it was believed that the finger contained a vein that led directly to the heart.

The very first documented gift of a diamond engagement ring was by the Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.  After this public statement of wealth and intent, the trend picked up amongst those of higher social class and the demand for diamonds flourished.

Today it is a common expectation for the bride to be to permanently wear her engagement ring as a show of her love and commitment to her significant other.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking more closely at the characteristics that determine diamonds, known as the 5’c.

Here at Steffans we are passionate about jewellery, especially diamonds and believe that each diamond tells a story and are as individual as the person wearing them.  Book an appointment with our trained diamond specialists and join us for a relaxed, informal chat over a coffee in our exclusive, diamond room at our flagship Northampton store.

Call us on 01604 636957 to book an appointment – we hope to see you soon!

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