The Traditions of Engagement Rings

The modern idea of the diamond engagement ring first came into popularity after Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. It took hold among the rich and noble until around 1930, when diamonds became plentiful and common enough that everyday folks could afford to use the precious stones for their rings as well. Before that, the common folk would propose marriage by offering the gift of a thimble. This thimble would have the tip cut off when the couple was wed, and fashioned into a ring. The fashions of engagement rings have progressed quite a bit since the age of thimbles, and now there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your perfect ring. Do not be afraid to do a little research and subtly interview your future fiance and see what shapes she likes her gemstones. If she is not the talkative type, or you do not want to give the game away, you can either look through her jewelry or enlist the help of her best friend and see if you can notice any trends in the shapes you see. Next, you want to consider the other two big parts of the ring, the setting and band. Choosing one that works for you, again, comes down to style and this is where doing quality research into what your wife-to-be wants becomes important. Remember, you can always cheat and bring her along. Another thing to consider with today's troubled economy is that you can safely leave the two months salary myth where it belongs, in the past. You may love your girl enough to want to buy her the world, but that does not mean you have to break the bank when you propose to her. Many aspects of the highest quality diamonds are invisible to the human eye. There are some techniques you can employ to help maximize your diamonds effectiveness, like opting for a carat weight just shy of a whole number or choosing a shallower gem, though your love will still be deep. Always buying from accredited sources and buying a diamond that has been certified for quality will ensure what you are buying is quality and real. Always remember, do not rush and give yourself plenty of time for the due diligence necessary in this important of a decision