Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity…. It can all be so overwhelming when selecting an engagement ring. More fascinating than the 4Cs of the diamond are usually the stories behind the engagement ring.
We’ve all heard (well maybe I just aged myself) of the Taylor-Burton ring which was so large (69 carats – holy smoley!) Elizabeth Taylor later decided to have it designed into a necklace. After her divorce from Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor auctioned the ring and used the profits to fund a hospital in Botswana.
|Princess Diana’s ring given to Kate Middleton by Prince William.|
In Nordic countries, engagement rings (plain gold bands) are worn by both men and women, a tradition that is becoming popular in North America.
Gimmal rings, or Turkish Wedding Rings, were used as wedding rings becuase if the wearer took off the ring in order to cheat on his or her spouse, they would be unable to put it together again in time to avoid discovery. In North America and the United Kingdom the engagement and wedding rings are worn on the left hand ring finger. This custom may have originated in an ancient Egypt myth that the finger contained the vena armoris (or “vein of love”) leading directly to the heart. In Germany, the ring is worn on the left hand while engaged and then moved to the right hand when married. In Poland, the engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the right hand.
|Claddagh ring from Ireland.|