How Did Engagement Rings Start?

how did engagement rings start

Everyone knows that when you’re trying to get married you need to propose in a special way and buy the perfect engagement ring to signify your commitment to get married.

And a lot of people in the modern age make a huge deal about “the ring.”

It’s essential, and it better be something that knocks your partner’s socks off. Misstep in this area, and you will definitely regret it.

But when did we all agree to this?

Where exactly did this tradition come from? Did it just start? What are the roots behind this whole thing?

Read on to learn about how engagement rings started, and how it’s evolved through time.

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Some people credit the idea to the ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks. In reality the use of engagement rings can really only be seen as going as far back as Roman times.

The first truly historical use of an engagement ring was by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. It was a well-documented case. But it’s important to note that the tradition has shown up long before this time as well.

Some believe that the ring itself was originally part of the bride price in ancient times. It represented ownership and purchase of the bride. This idea has been refuted by scholars, though.

What about the ring finger? Where does that idea come from?

Do you know how to wear your engagement ring? Is it just on any ring finger? Or something specific?

The idea of using the ring finger to place the rings traces it’s roots back to ancient Egypt. It was thought that this finger contained the vein that led directly to the heart.

And the idea was to put the ring – a symbol of ownership or control – closest to the heart. Thus the left hand ring finger became the de facto spot for that engagement ring you’re eyeing.

Who knew?

Got any other ideas about how this whole crazy idea got started? Leave a comment below!

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