History and Tradition
The diamond engagement ring is, still to this day, the ultimate symbol of love and the eternal bond between two people. The tradition of wearing the engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to Egyptian times. It was believed that the vena amoris or vein of love ran from the forth finger of the left hand straight to the heart. Whatever style you choose, a diamond engagement ring is a sparkling symbol of a promise, forever.
The First Diamond Engagement Ring
The diamond acquired its status as the ultimate gift of love as far back as the 15th century. The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring, as a promise of marriage, began in 1477 with Archduke Maximillian of Austria. The Archduke presented a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy before marrying her the following day. At that time, diamonds were looked upon as talismans, or charms, that could enhance the love of a husband for his wife. This royal tradition soon began to be embraced by people around the world, to eventually become the defining moment of Engagement itself.