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And so did he

Men have been giving their future wives a ring to mark their engagement for millennia now; women have frequently done exactly the same for the special man in their life. The citizens of Ancient Rome were wearing engagement rings – usually made of iron – some 2,000 years ago, not just as a sign of loyalty, but also as a kind of “acknowledgement” that the dowry had been received. Kaiser Maximilian of Austria revived this age-old custom in the 15th century, when he gave his fiancée, Maria of Burgundy, a magnificent diamond ring to mark their engagement.

Gemstones in the engagement ring

The diamond is the hardest and most valuable stone money can buy – which is why it has been associated with eternity since time immemorial. Giving a diamond ring as a gift upon one’s engagement, therefore, remains hugely popular around the world to this day. Another much-loved and enduring tradition is to use coloured precious stones mounted in combination with diamonds on engagement rings. Many couples like to have their engagement rings created especially for them, using mixes of stones, colours and shapes that have a unique personal meaning for them.

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