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Couple Bracelets: what it means and why we offer it as a gift

Engagement ring meaning and why it is given as a gift

We pick it, we buy it, we give it away as a gift. Are we sure that we know what it means? We will discuss its long-running history. Let's begin by saying that the significance behind the engagement ring, which is both simple and romantic, is quite simple. This ring signifies the promise of marriage and love. It is typically given by a man to a woman prior to the wedding.

The shape of the ring itself is a reflection of the significance it has in our society. The ring is a perfect circle that is unending and is a great symbol of love that never ends.

However, the custom of an engagement ring is not as deeply embedded in all countries as it is in ours. In the West, it's common to give the ring to loved ones. In some South American countries however, the ring is first worn on the right hand, and then on the left hand during the wedding day.

Why do we give engagement rings as gifts?

In order to answer this question, we'll need to read a brief historical parenthesis. It appears that the Romans had the custom of giving a bride two rings - one gold, and the second one made of iron, which was to be worn at home, so as to not ruin the gold ring.

As time passed the ring began to be worn more often on the finger that is worn on the left hand, just as we do to this day because it was believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran through this finger, directly connecting to the heart.

However, we'll need to wait until the Middle Ages to find traces of the first genuine engagement ring, which was ordered in 1477 by the Archduke of Austria Maximilian I for Mary of Burgundy.

In the latter part of the 20th century, the tradition slowly took root especially after the Second World War, when the belief was spread across the United States that the engagement rings were an essential engagement present, especially if it was decorated with diamonds.

What is the best way to choose an engagement ring?

Now that we've learned more about the engagement ring and what it means, let's see some tips for choosing the right one.