6 Fascinating Facts About Engagement Rings
Every journey of marriage begins with one simple question; ‘will you marry me?’. It’s a moment many couples dream of, and in most cases it is executed with perfection – from rustic beachside proposals to gestures of grandeur. Getting engaged is an incredibly exciting time, and one of the most important elements is, of course, the ring. To celebrate the beauty and magic of engagement rings, here are 6 fascinating facts to impress, amaze and delight!
1. An engagement ring is traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. But have you ever wondered why? It’s a custom that originates with the Egyptians – who believed that this finger contained a vein – the ‘Vena Amoris’ – leading right to the heart.
2. Why do we exchange a ring as a sign of love and commitment? Why not another item of jewellery, or something different altogether? The answer lies with the Romans. Back then, a circular ring was said to represent eternity – and therefore an engagement ring defined the lasting power of a relationship.
3. The average person spends around three weeks (and no more than three months) of their earnings on an engagement ring. But do you know how much the most expensive engagement ring costs? Sold at auction in 2011, it has an iconic history as the engagement ring given to Elizabeth Taylor by twice husband, Richard Burton. And how much was it valued at? An astonishing $8.8 million.
4. Have you ever wondered what ‘standards’ other women have, when it comes to getting engaged? A reported 28% of women would turn down the offer of marriage, if they don’t like a ring. It seems like a harsh statistic; but one worth considering. The lesson is; don’t make a rash decision and involve the bride-to-be if she is particularly fussy!
5. Whether you got engaged in the depths of winter or the warm heat of summer, do you know the most popular time of year to get engaged? While Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly a romantic time for many couples, most actually become engaged in December. Mistletoe and mulled wine have a lot to answer for!
6. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but in most cases Marilyn was right – diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. But have you ever considered how long it takes for the earth to produce these precious stones? If not, you may be in for a surprise. The youngest diamond in the world is an incredible 900 million years old, and the oldest is some 3.2 billion years old. That means it was created before the dinosaurs even existed!
So when you next cast a glance down to your engagement ring, spare a thought for the years of history and tradition that have resulted in this piece of beautiful jewellery!