rings were presented to a manís
betrothed to symbolize the commitment of
Diamond rings represented a
portion of the betrotheds dowry and
indicated the social status of her groom
and how prosperous he was. History
recorded its first gift of an engagement
ring in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian
asked for Mary of Burgandyís hand in
As centuries passed, a
quantity of couples began choosing
personalized or unique rings.
Personalized rings symbolize a tradition
in the family and are sometimes
heirlooms. Many couples have chosen to
commence their commitment with
birthstone rings. The birthstones
represent a special day in the coupleís
lives such as the time of their first
meeting or include the birthstone of
both the bride and groom.
Eternity rings symbolize the circle
of everlasting love. Traditionally,
eternity rings are given before the
couple becomes engaged or as anniversary
gifts to symbolize momentous occasions
and achievements in the coupleís life.
No matter the occasion, an eternity ring
is meant to symbolize whatever the
Engraving an engagement
ring adds to the ringís sentiment and
makes it more personal. Some couples
view this sentimental measure as a way
to create a strong bond in their
relationship. Whichever style of ring a
man chooses to give to his betrothed, it
stands as a symbol of love, commitment
The purchase of
an engagement ring is a special time in
a manís life. It means he has pondered
the question of marriage for some time
and has made the decision to leave his
life of bachelorhood behind. Though
purchasing an engagement ring is a
special time in a manís life, it has
also proven to be quite stressful.
questions come to mind.
Should I purchase
diamond ring or something
- How much should I
- Should I choose one
carat or two?
The answer to these
questions tells the man which engagement
rings to consider.
Once the above questions
have been pondered and answered, finding
the most suitable engagement ring for
the bride-to-be becomes easy.
First, a man must
pause and reflect on his
bride-to-be. He must think about her
Does she enjoy the
simplistic aspects of life or is she
of the adventurous type?
As a rule of thumb, an
engagement ring should cost no less than
one month of the grooms salary.
groom would be wise to keep in mind the
four cís when making a ring selection;
cut, clarity, carat, and colour. On
average, engagement rings run from one
carat to a half a carat.
Most importantly, a man
should always listen to his bride-to-be
to find out which engagement ring truly