Before we discuss diamond engagement rings, we should address the elephant in the room: engagement rings can really be any ring. It’s a little-known fact but it is absolutely true. That would include rings made of any kind of material, with any kind of stone(s), featuring any kind of design, of any value… I think you understand what we are trying to say.
What makes a ring truly an “engagement ring” is the intention behind it. If a ring is given (or purchased) and worn with the intention that the wearer is to be wed sometime in the future, THAT would make it an engagement ring. The ring could very well have a diamond incorporated into the design – they often do – but it is not a hard-and-fast rule. But since that is the topic at hand, let’s briefly discuss the history behind why most engagement rings in the marketplace have diamonds.
Many people believe that Mary of Burgundy, a Duchess during the 15th century, was the first woman to have received a diamond engagement ring, though it is impossible to know for sure. History documents that she was given a diamond ring in the shape of an “M” by Archduke Maximilian of Austria, as a gesture of marriage proposal. She said “yes,” in case you were wondering.
But even if the trend of diamond engagement rings had caught on in the 15th century, it would have been an upper-class trend only possible for the extremely wealthy. Diamonds were still very rare at this point and not available for the general public to own. Once the gems became more accessible, it was diamond and jewelry companies that began to associate them with relationships, engagements, and marriages.
Seems the association is stuck. People love the idea that diamonds are rare, beautiful, and strong with lasting value. What an ideal way to symbolize those same qualities in a relationship. And it is, truthfully. But it is only one of the different ways to make a marriage proposal, as there are many styles of engagement rings that could represent that commitment.
When shopping for a diamond engagement ring, there are many options available, including multi-diamond designs and solitaire rings with popular cuts like heart, pear, emerald, oval, princess, and round. In fact, The Bradford Exchange is a great place to shop for engagement rings, including diamond rings with many unique designs, so be sure to check out the selection.
In the meantime, we really appreciate your taking the time to read this article. And if you are in the market for an engagement ring, we congratulate you, and our best wishes for a lifetime of love and joy.Why Do Engagement Rings Always Have Diamonds? by The Bradford Exchange