Why Gold and Diamond Rings?
Have you ever wondered why engagement rings are typically made with gold and diamonds? Think about it: gold and diamond rings are practically synonymous with engagement rings. But why gold when it could be any other metal? And why diamonds when there are countless other gemstones available? I wondered about the significance of this and decided to do some research. I think you’ll be interested in what I found:
Diamonds in Engagement Rings
1. Diamonds weren’t always the gemstone of choice for engagement rings. Emeralds, sapphires, and rubies were more commonly used in and before the 17th and 18th century.
2. Diamonds are thought to be the hardest and most unbreakable mineral, which is why it easily became a symbol for the bond created in marriage.
3. The first record use of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy.
4. The traditional use of diamond rings as engagement rings is actually related to a the success of De Beers, a company which launched in the 1930s. De Beers inspired the enthusiasm of fashion moguls, who decided diamond rings were the new trend, and even major Hollywood stars began to wear them. In 1947, De Beers rolled out its now famous tagline: “A Diamond is Forever.” Sales of diamond engagement rings skyrocketed, and within just a few decades, over 80% of engaged American women wore diamond rings.
Gold in Engagement Rings
1. The use of gold in a token of love or betrothal goes all the way back to the BC era. According to Pliny the Elder, Roman grooms gave their brides a gold ring and an iron ring. The gold ring was to be worn during the wedding ceremony and at special occasions. The iron ring was to be worn at home.
2. By an overwhelming margin, the most popular metal used to make engagement rings is white gold. Just look at our diamond wedding sets for proof — the most popular sets are made with white gold.
3. Over 90% of the world’s gold has already been mined, which makes it rare and extremely valuable.
4. Gold is durable and malleable, which ideally represents your bond as a couple. That’s why gold is the predominant metal of choice when it comes to engagement rings.
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