What’s New and Different in Engagement Rings?
Did you know:
that the Egyptians were the first to signify a romantic relationship by wrapping a piece of metal wire around the third finger of the woman’s left hand?
In the 1600’s, people exchanged posie rings — silver or gold bands with a line of poetry or a love message engraved on the inside — as engagement rings?
It wasn’t until a large deposit of diamonds was discovered in South Africa in the 1800’s that diamonds became the stone for engagement rings.
Engagement rings have evolved over the years in style. Today, engagement rings are oftentimes influenced by movie stars, television shows and even the royal family of the United Kingdom.
Below are some popular trends we have seen in engagement rings:
Size is all about perception. Not everyone’s budget can accommodate a large, quality stone. However, designers have found a way to make stones appear larger by setting them horizontally. While horizontal settings are more popular in oval shaped diamonds, we are seeing marquises and emerald cuts being set horizontally as well.