15 Aug 2016

What Was a Betrothal Ring?

The betrothal ring, has for centuries symbolized the promise of a future together, sealed with the giving and accepting of a ring.  The diamond engagement ring as we know it has been around since 1477, but other rings have been used throughout the centuries to mark engagements.  Rings featuring gem stones were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Often, the first letter of the stones within the setting spelled out the name of the giver or a word, such as “dearest” (diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, epidote, sapphire, turquoise).  There was also a ring known as the “Gimmal Ring”.  This three part ring had two clasped hands on it.  During the engagement, one part was worn by the bride, one by the groom, and the third by a witness.  It was reunited as the brides wedding ring, on the day of their marriage.  Diamonds are the first choice among brides today for an engagement ring, because of their beauty and durability.

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