Modern Traditions: The History of the Engagement Ring

Engagement rings have been a part of human culture for centuries. They are a symbol of love, commitment, and hope. But where did this tradition come from? And how has it evolved over time?

The Early Days

The earliest known engagement rings were simple bands made of gold or silver. They were worn by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. These rings were often inscribed with symbols of love and fertility.

The Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, engagement rings became more elaborate. They were often set with precious stones, such as rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. These rings were a sign of the wealth and status of the wearer.

The Renaissance

During the Renaissance, engagement rings became even more popular. They were often set with diamonds, which were seen as a symbol of love and purity.

The 19th Century

In the 19th century, the diamond engagement ring became the standard in Western culture. This was due in part to the efforts of De Beers, a diamond company that launched an advertising campaign that made diamonds seem like the only acceptable choice for an engagement ring. In some ways, they were right! Diamonds are the hardest known material in the world, meaning they can be worn every day for an entire lifetime without scratching, chipping, or cracking. 


Today, engagement rings are still a popular way to propose marriage. However, there is no longer one standard style. Engagement rings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, and they can be made from a variety of materials.

No matter what style of engagement ring you choose, it is a symbol of love, commitment, and hope. It is a reminder of the promises you have made to each other, and it is a sign of the bright future that lies ahead.