For many years now, it has been popularly believed to be mostly a Western tradition for the man to present a set of engagement rings to signify his loving intentions with a proposal of a lifelong commitment in marriage. But well you may appreciate today, this is nothing of the sort in terms of being influenced by Western culture. Is it not true that people are choosing to forego wedding vows and bells, at least for more years than was the case in the past?
And it may appear to be rather unfortunate that there are so many more people heading off to the divorce courts. But is it not true also that mature, stable and independent men and women are electing to separate at any given time rather than endure a few more years of unnecessary trauma? Nevertheless. The presentation of Unique Custom Engagement Rings has never lost its luster. It is not only Westernized men and women that are engaging, if you will, in this ancient custom, but many more men and women from a great deal more cultures and religions too.
Accomplished and bespoke gemologists have many anecdotes to share with you. They recall anthropologists’ discovery of this ancient tradition, dating it back to ancient Roman times. During this era, wives had to wear their rings attached to small keys. This practice signified their husbands’ ownership of them. It is also recorded that an Austrian archduke became the first European to present a diamond engagement ring to the one he purportedly declared his love too.
And so the saying still goes today that ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’. Another famous saying conjured up is traced to the famous diamond prospecting company known the world over as the De Beers group, suggesting that diamonds are forever.
Having said that, the above duke set off an early trend among European nobles and aristocrats. Victorian era nobles fashioned engagement rings to combine glittering diamonds with other gemstones, enamels and precious metals. And no less than fifty years later, the proverbial gold rush was kick-started in different parts of the world by European colonials.
During the next century, Edwardian Englishmen and women continued the artistic tradition of matching precious diamonds with other precious stones, mounting them into so-called filigree settings. It should be no wonder then that licensed and acclaimed jewelry appraisers recognize the high monetary value of jewelry dating back to these pivotal eras preserved through the years, passed from one generation to the next.
There is another myth of the world that says it was the Westerners who invented capitalism. Not quite so, when you cast your eyes to the Far East. Nevertheless, it remains an enduring tradition among distinguishable men and women to exchange precious gifts that originally served as heirlooms to them.
And go back all the way to ancient Egypt in which case the exchange of gifts of love were confined to nothing more than the reeds of that country’s Biblically famous riverbanks.