Traditionally, women receive the engagement ring and are expected to wear it starting from the time of the proposal. Having a ring on her finger will indicate to the world that she is taken and is committed to her partner. A ring is presented as an engagement gift by a partner to their prospective spouse while they propose marriage or directly after a marriage proposal is accepted. It represents a formal agreement to future marriage.
“The first recorded use of a diamond engagement ring occurred in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a ring featuring hogback diamonds (modern-day baguette diamonds) arranged in the shape of the Gothic letter M,” Lawler-Trustey says.
What hand does engagement ring go on?
Engagement rings are worn on different hands in different places.
If you are in America or most of the European countries, you wear your engagement ring on the left hand.
However, in some countries like India, Spain, Peru, Norway and Denmark, the engagement rings are worn on the right hand.
Fourth finger? It’s the finger next to the little finger in your hand.
Why fourth finger? Before the concept of blood circulatory system was established, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart.
This vein in the finger was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris‘ or the ‘Vein of Love’.
Engagement ring of Diana, Princess of Wales
The blue sapphire, originally the engagement ring of Prince William’s mother Princess Diana, was worth £28,000 when bought in 1981, but is now valued at £300,000.
The sparkler heads a list of the world’s top 20 most famous engagement rings, showing how much each one has appreciated since purchase.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s ring, 14 diamonds around a 12-carat sapphire, is worth three times more than the Queen’s, which is runner-up on the list.
The famous sapphire at the heart of the ring came from a mine in the centre of the country 35 years ago, the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association says.Prince William gave the ring to Miss Middleton in October. It was first worn by his mother Princess Diana in 1981.
Sri Lanka is known to produce more than 50 varieties of gem stones and is believed to account for about 25% of global sapphire sales, worth an estimated $350m annually.