web analytics

Who invented the engagement ring?

The engagement ring didn't appear until the 13th century but Egyptian Pharaohs were already wearing wedding rings which they believed symbolize eternal love because of their circular shape. The wedding ring is also said to symbolize perfection, perfect unity with no beginning and no end, holiness, peace, sun, earth, and universe.

It was King Edward VI of England who declared that the third finger of the left hand was to be the ring finger in 1549. He believed that this finger had a special vein called the "vena amoris", or the "vein of love", which ran directly to the wearer's heart.

Engagement rings appeared only in the 13th century after Pope Innocent III declared that there should be a waiting period between the engagement and the wedding ceremony. Hence, he decided that there should be both an engagement ring and a wedding ring.

The diamond engagement ring only became popular the 15th century. The first ever diamond engagement ring was given by Arch Duke Maximilian of Austria to his fiancee Mary of Burgundy in 1477.

Leave a reply

More Interesting Facts