The history of the engagement ring

The history of the engagement ring

The history of the engagement ring

Everyone dreams of that magical day when the love of your life gets down on one knee and proposes that you two spend the rest of your lives together. People also tend to dream about the new sparkly accessory that will come with the proposal! Our engagement rings Omaha experts at 14 Karat see couples every day. Now with virtual appointments available, picking out the perfect ring is easier than ever! . 

Diamond engagement rings are the most traditional, but that has not always been the case. Engagement rings and their significance has evolved over time. They have a rich and diverse history that should be celebrated and remembered every time you take that ring selfie. 


Egyptians saw circles as a symbol of eternity and would exchange handwoven reed rings on their wedding day.  The couples would then wear them on their left ring finger. They chose this finger because it has a vein that runs directly to your heart. 

Roman Times

The ancient Romans also would exchange rings with their significant other, but it was less about love and more about signaling to others that they were taken. Roman women agreed to mutual love and obedience by accepting a ring. These rings were originally made from flint, ivory and bone. Later gold was the metal of choice. In fact, in the 2nd century CE, some roman women would have two rings. An iron one to wear at home and a gold one to wear in public.  

Engagement rings are official

In 850 Pope Nicholas I declared engagement rings to be a  symbol of marriage. Men would provide them for the women as a representation that they would be providing financial support from now on. While engagement rings were made official then, the first diamond engagement ring was not seen until much later in 1477. This is when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring mounted into an M shape. 

Diamonds are forever

While 1477 saw the first diamond engagement ring, it did not spark a big trend. It was in the 1940’s  when diamond engagement rings made their true entrance into the world. Wedding ceremonies with diamond rings increased from 15 to 85 percent. This tremendous increase in popularity is attributed to the DeBeer’s advertising campaign of, “A diamond is forever.” This era was also a time when  more and more Hollywood celebrities were choosing a diamond as their engagement ring. 

The latest trends

While our engagement rings Omaha experts still see diamond engagement rings as the most popular choice, there has been a recent shift towards more colorful engagement stones. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring holds a stunning blue sapphire stone surrounded by a halo of diamonds. Katy Perry’s engagement ring from Orlando Bloom is a unique Ruby set in a floral halo, and even Blake Lively’s diamond engagement ring has a pink hue to it. Engagement rings continue to evolve and create more of a history for themselves. 

Visit us

There are no set rules when it comes to picking out an engagement ring. Our engagement rings Omaha experts will help you pick out a beautiful ring that you will love and cherish forever. We have a vast collection that will suit every bride’s taste. And if you would like a custom, one-of-a-kind ring, we can do that too!  Visit us at the Shops of Legacy, 168th and West Center Roads; across the parking lot from Roja. We have virtual appointments available daily.