Friday, January 13, 2012

puttin a ring on it.

The good thing about Facebook is that its most assured the best way to make you feel old in a New York minute, I can’t count the amount of engagement ring pictures I’ve seen in the past few months, so many happy engaged people, seems like everyone is out and about and putting rings on folks. But where did this lovely tradition come from?

Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't used in the western world until about the 13th century. “The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.

Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be sometimes received a sewing thimble rather than an engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. (again could the 30’s be any more classy) I need a time machine ASAP!)  Now, 80% of American women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement.”

Imagine if your future husband to be presented you with a thimble and was like let’s get married. Frankly I would laugh and say yes. But I know some people who would punch them in the face. Either way you put it, engagement rings carry along with them a lovely sentiment. Love embodied in a material item forever and ever.

From Facebook photos to thimbles, Engagement rings are adorable and sweet. Every girl wants one and the ones that say they don’t, are lying.

Need to know more: Engagement Rings

No comments:

Post a Comment