Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The First Diamond Engagement Ring

The First Diamond Engagement Ring

The first recorded diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by her betrothed, Archduke Maximillian of Austria, in 1477. Few details are known about the ring itself, but diamonds were considered at the time to have magical powers relative to love, purity, and fidelity – the same characteristics they symbolize today.
In the late 19th century, extensive diamond deposits were discovered in Africa, effectively making the gems more widely available and cheaper for the general public to purchase. Because of the sudden abundance of diamonds, designs became more elaborate and intricate, and more brides-to-be began to receive diamond engagement rings.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I didn't have known about this fact earlier but after reading your post I am feeling nice to know about it. I heartily felt that engagement ring is must. wedding ring