Why stop at one ring when you can get all three? Once you buy an engagement ring, what comes next is the wedding ring and eventually, the eternity ring. Each of these rings have a unique origin that make the pieces even more meaningful.
The act of giving an engagement ring upon proposal has become an accepted tradition among most of society, but where did the tradition originate? Like so many modern traditions, it is believed to have began during the time of the Ancient Egyptians who saw a circle as a symbol of eternity. However, they did not have rings made of gold and diamonds but rather very simplistic rings made of reeds and they were worn on the 4th finger on the left hand…which we still do today! They did this due to an incorrect biological belief that a vein ran from this finger direct to the heart. Who knew the Ancient Egyptians could be so romantic? It wasn’t until the 1400s that nobility began adding precious stones to these rings. It then took another few centuries before diamonds became a common addition to these rings, thanks to some clever marketing strategies and an increased volume of available diamonds.
The origin of the engagement ring does link into the origin of the wedding ring as by giving the ring to the woman back then, that meant both engagement and marriage. In 860, Christians used a ring in official marriage ceremonies. Originally these rings were heavily adorned with unique intricacies such as doves, linked hands etc. but the Church condemned this and the wedding bands were simplified. This is where the tradition of having predominately plain band has originated.
Eternity rings are believed to have originated from about 4,000 years ago. The look of an eternity ring has varied greatly over the ages but the meaning behind them has always remained the same. The circular band has also symbolised eternal love and the circle of life. The whole idea behind them was originally very romantic, however, a diamond company saw a money-making opportunity in using multiple smaller diamonds in one ring rather than one large one – and thus, what is now seen as the look of a common eternity ring was born. One of the slogans used at the time was “She married you for richer or poorer. Let her know how it’s going”. This was an extremely effective strategy and one that has maintained the tradition of gifting eternity rings for all these years.
All of these rings come with their own beautiful origin which only adds to the meaning and significance when you receive them yourself. Pop into us in store in the Powerscourt Townhouse in Dublin City centre to see our full collection of engagement, wedding and eternity rings.