The History Behind Engagement Bands
Today most couples assume that an engagement band is
part and parcel of the process of getting engaged to each other and while today this may be true
very few people understand the true history behind them.
Combined together the engagement ring and the wedding ring form
a set that is much like the union of a man and woman in marriage.
This combination of rings represents all that is good in the promise of
marriage, love, commitment, fidelity and the endless circle of the ring represents eternity which
is how long all couples hope their marriage will last.
The original poesy ring was given as a token of togetherness much as today's engagement bands are a token to
indicate the giver's intention to enter into eternal marriage.
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Engagement bands have a long and storied history that begins many centuries ago
in Europe, although at this time they were more commonly known as a poesy ring. The concept however
was the same as it is now as these engagement rings were given to by the man to the lady of his
choice as a symbol of his love and his promise of fidelity along with his intentions to marry his
During Greek times the engagement ring may have been used to indicate a
person's intent to wed, but they were also given out much as younger people give each other
friendship rings today. However the Romans took to this concept and adapted it to their culture
History shows that Roman engagement bands often had a key carved into them,
depending on who you believe it is thought that this was done to show that the woman would have the
key to half of everything her husband owned once they married; other said it was merely the key to
her husband's heart.
A ring has been given as a token of betrothal and marriage for many centuries as
far back as history can show. Today the tradition is still very much alive as many young men take
great delight in coming up with new and creative ways to present their beloved with an engagement
ring while asking for her hand in marriage.
One of the latest trends is for not only the man to give his intended a ring,
for the bride to be to give her husband to be a men's engagement ring. Just like
their female counterparts the men wear their engagement bands on the third finger of their
left hand. Often after they are finally married both men and women have their engagement
and wedding rings soldered together to form one ring. Men's rings tend to be far simpler
than those for ladies and are usually a simple band made of silver or gold, although platinum
and titanium have become far more popular in recent years for their durability.
While the current economy may be in a slump, it has not stopped the tradition of
giving the betrothed an engagement ring. What is has done is make young couples more aware of the
need to be more frugal and look for a cheap engagement ring instead of spending hundreds of pounds on one. The best
way to find a reasonably priced engagement ring is to shop the Internet where you will find places
like our website that offer a reasonable price on top quality rings.
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