History of rings – Engagement ring, silver rings and promise rings
The concept of engagement rings can be dated back to Egyptian times a thousand years ago. This tradition has since then spread and has taken its own twist in different cultures and countries; the only thing remaining constant is the engagement ring. Fiancées were given rings as a promise of betrothal, to signify a commitment to the marriage contract and even as an exchange of wealth.
Earlier wedding bands were made of simple designs and were crafted out of iron and bronze. Gold and silver rings were used by the upper class and by the royalty exclusively. The use of diamonds in the wedding bands was not seen till the 15th century. The first one to use these was nobles and royalty. Due to these bands being a “keeper” ring was placed over the top of the betrothal ring to ensure the betrothal ring was not lost.
The official engagement ring made its presence in the market in the late 1800s. Thanks to the huge influx of newly mined gold and diamond which led to the availability of gold and diamond engagement rings. Since that time, the betrothal ring became the engagement ring and the keeper ring became the wedding band.
The promise ring is given as a symbol. Where a wedding ring is a symbol of the union of two people in marriage, the promise ring symbolizes different things to different couples. The ring is usually a simple style. If it has gemstones, they’re usually not diamonds, although, small diamonds can be used. The ring is not normally as impressive as an engagement ring or wedding band. Rings with heart designs and simple gold bands with gemstones are common in promise ring designs.
A version of the promise ring, known as the betrothal ring, was used in ancient Rome while the Greeks thought of the rings as a way of keeping someone on your mind constantly. In the early 1700s, a version of a promise ring or “poise ring” was popular among lovers.
A promise ring might be considered a step to marriage as a pre-engagement ring; it can be a promise of commitment and monogamy. The ring itself will vary as much as an engagement ring would. It’s a sweet, delicate ring that captures your intent to marry her one day without the expectation that it will be soon. The ring is meant to showcase commitment and exclusivity.
Each of these rings is attached with an emotion; these emotions our flowing from generations to generations making these rings an eminent part of our lives.
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