The tradition of wearing a ring on the third finger of the left hand began with the ancient Romans who believed that this finger contained a vein that ran directly to the heart. At that time these rings symbolised love. More romantically, the first diamond engagement ring can be attributed to the Archduke Maximillian of Austria, who gave Mary of Burgundy a betrothal ring upon their engagement in Vienna in 1477. After this grand gesture, the notion of presenting precious engagement rings to symbolise love and commitment quickly spread throughout Europe in the 1500s.
With the advent of modern marketing, the idea of proposing with a beautiful and carefully-chosen diamond ring has become deeply ingrained in modern culture today.
A diamond engagement ring is a powerful statement of love and commitment. It is the first considered purchase for most couples and will remain for decades as an enduring symbol of a very special time and an irreplaceable feeling. There is no other physical manifestation of human emotion quite like it.
As with so much of modern life, couples are free to make their own interpretation of what engagement rings suit them. Whatever style you choose it will eventually be worn next to a wedding ring.