Most women at some point have dreamed of finding the perfect man and walking to the altar with his hand, right? Have a wedding like in fairy tales and live happily ever after. But to have that happy ending, first commitment is necessary and that’s where another thing that women dream of all their lives comes up with: the ring!
There are infinite forms, prices, sizes and materials, everything depends on the taste of each person. The interesting thing is that everyone has a story behind it.
1. Vena amoris
The cultures of antiquity believed that on the third finger of the left hand there was a vein called vena amoris, the vein of love that ran directly to the heart, so it was originally placed on that finger.
2. Beginning of the tradition
The tradition was initiated as such by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477, when he handed Maria Burgundy a gold one with a diamond set as a token of her love.
Although if we inquire a little more in the history, from the time of the Romans the women carried it that were given to them by their husbands.
Although there are now many forms, the commitment will always be round, due to what it means: “has no beginning or end,” as expected to be love.
4. Why the diamond
Engagement rings usually carry a diamond, but why? Giving it is a sign of trust, commitment and eternity. Diamonds are practically indestructible, durable, invincible.
In 1947 Frances Gerety created the most famous slogan of the twentieth century, for the firm De Beers: ‘A diamond is forever’ (A diamond is forever). Gerety wrote all the advertising for the company for 25 years.
There are different cuts of diamonds, but the most popular is the circular, followed by the ‘princess cut’.
In countries like England, the United States, France, Mexico and Canada it is placed on the left hand, while in Germany, Russia and India it is on the right hand.
The most popular metal for making it was yellow gold or white gold. More recently, platinum, but due to its high price, palladium is the new option. This is also considered a precious metal, only much cheaper.
8. Commitment month
Although many may believe that February is the most common month to commit because it is the month of love and everyone is romantic at that time, it is not to propose marriage. Actually the month in which the most committed couples is in December.
9. The most expensive
The most expensive in the world is the De Beers Platinum, weighs 9 carats and costs around 2 million dollars.
The diamond of an average weighs approximately 0.37 carats.
11. Antiquity of diamonds
The most recent natural diamonds are at least 900 million years old, although some scientists claim that they can create synthetic diamonds of 2.5 carats in just 4 days.
12. The ring and the groom
An average boyfriend spends about 3 months looking for the perfect one. Visit approximately 4 different stores and see around 27 versions.
The protocol established that it must cost at least three months of man’s salary, however, the most important thing is the promise of love.
43% of the bride and groom plan the moment in detail. 46% had little idea how they would do it, and 10% let the time just come, like that, without any plan.
It is assumed that in response, the bride should traditionally give a watch to the groom