Why Are Diamonds Traditionally Used As Engagement Rings?

Getting engaged, and being gifted what will be one of the most precious rings you’ll ever receive, is an unforgettable moment. When you see your engagement ring in its box catching the light, we are sure you will get butterflies. But, why do we expect to see a shining diamond at the focal point of our engagement rings? We have looked into why diamonds are now famously the go-to gemstone for engagement rings. 

What is a diamond?

This incredible luxury gemstone is one of the most popular and sort after on the market, after all, it is a girl’s best friend. Essentially, this beautiful stone is crystallised carbon and is the hardest known mineral. The name diamond derived from the ancient Greek adámas meaning invincible, unbreakable or unalterable. Many people appreciate the symbolic meaning behind the word and these words are now often used to describe an engaged or married couple linking the diamond to these gestures. 

When were diamonds first used in jewellery?

India was originally the only place in the world where diamonds were mined for many many years – dating back to the 4th century BC. When they were first discovered, diamonds were valued because of their strength and for their ability to refract light, engrave metal and also ‘cure’ people, not because of their beauty. The first example of a diamond’s use in jewellery was in the form of a Hungarian queen’s crown in 1074 AD. 

When were diamonds first used in engagement rings? 

Mary of Burgundy was the very lucky lady who first received a diamond engagement ring. Back in 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed marriage to her and although engagement rings were very common at this time, diamonds were a rarity and were reserved for royalty and the upper class. The Victorians then went on to popularise engagement rings with diamonds and would mix them with other gemstones, precious metals and enamels to make gorgeous engagement rings and show jewellery. 

Unfortunately, the great depression of the 20th century then had a massive impact on diamonds and their value collapsed and they became much less popular for engagement rings and other jewellery. 

Why are diamonds so popular for engagement rings?

Everything changed for diamonds back in the late 1930s when De Beers launched an advertising campaign for diamond engagement rings. The size of this advertising campaign was incredible and it continued for over four decades, capturing the attention of people from all walks of life. The popularity of this stunning gemstone then soared and it was thought that diamonds should be the only choice for engagement rings. 

While lots of people may think of the diamond engagement ring as a time-honoured tradition, De Beers’ brilliant marketing plan really did have a lot to do with the popularity and the traditional giving of a diamond engagement ring.

Sticking to tradition and purchasing a diamond engagement ring 

Nowadays, it is incredibly easy to purchase diamond engagement rings and you will find them in the window of almost every jewellery shop. However, there is also a lot of fake diamonds on the market and it isn’t uncommon for people to be scammed into paying thousands of pounds for something that isn’t real. 

We encourage anyone who is looking for to purchase a high-quality real diamond engagement ring to turn to professionals like ourselves here at Bonds of Brentwood to ensure that the ring they purchase is genuine. We can help you find the perfect engagement ring, eternity ring and wedding ring here at our jewellers in Essex. 

by Bonds

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