Engagement rings are typically presented by a man to his potential spouse when he proposes. These engagement rings, as well as the wedding band, are worn on the left hand ring finger because that finger houses the vein that leads straight to the heart, a vein called vena amoris.
The history of engagement rings says that the ring that made engagement rings famous was presented to Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria. They were an imperial couple in Vienna in 1477. It was one of the first well documented examples of giving actual engagement rings as a betrothal gift instead of other things, such as a thimble, a popular betrothal gift in the 19th century. In the bigger picture of engagement ring history, they did not become widely popular until the end of the 19th century; diamond engagement rings didn’t catch on until the 1930’s.
Once diamond engagement rings caught on, however, there was no stopping their popularity. There are a variety of diamond engagement ring cuts and styles to choose from. One of the most popular and expensive is the round brilliant cut. Other popular examples of diamond engagement ring cuts are the princess, emerald [emerald diamond cut], and the radiant cuts. A buyer can also choose a colored diamond engagement ring. One of the more popular colors would be the pink colored diamond engagement ring.
When purchasing a quality engagement ring, diamond or otherwise, it is important to buy from a trusted jeweler or one who comes highly recommended. With diamond engagement rings, the four C’s are very important to purchasing a quality engagement ring: cut, color, clarity and carat. These four categories influence the diamond grade and the grade influences the price. Experts say that one should spend two-three months salary on engagement rings, but each situation is unique and that amount may not work for everyone.
While diamonds are the most popular choice, engagement rings can also be set with other precious stones, such as pearls or sapphires. These stones have the same flexibility in terms of cut and style as diamond engagement rings would.