No, there is no rule that an engagement ring has to be a diamond, but it is estimated that 78% of all engagement rings sold every year are diamond. Did you that the word diamond comes from the ancient Greek word “adámas” which means “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable” and “untamed”.
How did the tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring begin? In 1477 Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond betrothal ring because it was believed that diamonds were charms that could enhance the love of a husband for his wife. Legend had it that even Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds.
Why do we wear an engagement ring on the ring finger of the left hand?
The Ancient Egyptians believed that the vena amoris – the vein of love – ran from that finger directly to the heart.
What is the smallest diamond engagement ring in history? In 1518 it was made for 2-year old Princess Mary, who was promised to the Dauphin of France.
Although diamond engagement rings are classic and still favoured by most, here are some hot trends for engagement rings that do not include diamonds and may be a lot more kind to your wallet.
- Coloured gemstones – ruby, sapphire, amethyst, emerald and aquamarine
- Eco friendly rings
- Stone rings
- Art Deco and Vintage rings
- Hand etching of personalized logos and motifs
- Geometric shaped rings
- Non traditional designs