Why the Engagement Ring is Important
The concept that a band would tie a woman to her mate, stretches back throughout history. It is thought that during the time of pre-historic man, it was traditional for the man to tie the hands and feet of his mate with probably either rushes or leather so she could not run away. Once he felt fairly certain she would stay with him, the rushes or leather were removed from her feet, then from her arms, and eventually just a small cord was tied around her finger to remind her not to leave.
It is widely believed it was the Greeks who began the tradition of a ring as a betrothal or pledge. It was at this time that the placement of the ring on the third finger of the left hand became the standard, as it was believed that there was a vein in this finger that ran straight to the heart.
The earliest surviving records of the tradition of a diamond engagement ring as we know it today dates back to 1477. Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg presented his future bride, Mary of Burgundy, with a betrothal ring. As Mary of Burgundy was already royal, the ring wasn’t necessary to make her feel like royalty. but we bet she had an extra bounce in her step that day.
Finding the perfect band for your engagement ring
The band, being a circle, represents unity, perfection, and eternity – all critical elements when envisioning and anticipating a long and happy marriage. The metal that you choose for your band is equally important. As with your stone choice, you will need to consider your partner’s lifestyle and taste when choosing the band.
Platinum is the strongest and most resistant to damage and doesn’t wear away after years of use. This is the most expensive metal. Platinum requires care as it can be difficult to polish and repair.
Gold offers an attractive option as it is less expensive and easier to maintain whether polishing or repairing the band. What is often referred to as “white gold” is actually a blend of (yellow) gold and a white metal, such as silver or palladium. However, gold and white gold can wear away after long and sustained use.
Titanium is a lightweight, strong metal that is perfect for an active lifestyle. It is corrosion resistant and easy to care for.
Selecting the right stone for your engagement ring
An engagement ring usually consists of a stone in a setting. Some people prefer different gems or semi-precious stones like rubies, emeralds, or sapphires. However, the most popular choice is the diamond. The diamond is the hardest gem and is resistant to many natural elements, including fire. The diamond represents the strength of your union and the ability to endure.
So what’s a man to do? Now that you understand the significance and history of the engagement ring and the band, let’s explore the gem facts.
The most important categories to consider when purchasing a diamond are the four C’s – cut, clarity, carat weight, and color.
Simply put, the cut of the diamond will determine the brilliance of the stone. There are many types of diamond cuts available such as princess cut, cushion cut, or radiant cut. The clarity of the diamond shows its level of perfection. The carats are simply the size of the stone and the color shows off the quality.
Consider the four C’s, your budget, and your partner’s style and taste. Read more about the 4 C’s in our diamond tutorial.
You want to find a unique ring that matches the brilliant sparkle in her eyes. A diamond that is as clear as your love for her. A stone large enough to capture your emotions, and a color so pure it will take her breath away.
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Engagement Rings Dallas commitment to sophistication, warmth, knowledge, and expertise will ensure that you are confident in your choice. Our dedication and devotion to fine jewelry will ensure that your once-in-a-lifetime purchase is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Purchasing an engagement ring should combine the best of facts and emotions. Engagement Rings Dallas is proudly committed to helping you navigate through this exciting time in your life.
Your ring should ultimately express your devotion and have you smiling broadly in anticipation of presenting it to its future owner. You are after her happiness, and we are after yours!