Ever since we were kids, most of us have been dreaming of the day when we would meet our soul mate, get engaged and then married. We see it in all the movies, shows, books, etc. But how did the concept of an engagement ring even come about? And who was the first to use a Diamond?
The engagement ring has been thought to originate back to Roman times. The wives wore rings with tiny keys on them to signify their husband's "ownership." Then in 1477, Archduke Maximillion from Australia was the first to propose to his betrothed spouse Mary of Burgundy with a ring that had small flakes of Diamonds shaped into an "M." It wasn't until 1944 however, that double-ring ceremonies began (both the man and wife would have the rings blessed).
But why a Diamond? Diamonds are the strongest gemstone. To be exact, they are a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (ranging 1-10; 1 being softest and 10 being hardest). In a way, because of this fact Diamonds can signify steadfast, enduring, unbreakable love. Currently the most popular cut of Diamond is round cut. Then coming in second place is the Princess (square) cut. Another trending cut of Diamond on the rise is the cushion cut, appearing more and more these days.
The idea of marriage and engagement has changed drastically over the years, but one thing has never changed: nothing is as dazzling as a Diamond.