You have been dating the person of your dreams for quite some time now. You may or may not be staying together as a couple, either of the two has its own relationship problems; if you do not live as a couple, the feeling of loneliness that surges through your heart every time your partner says the words “good bye” after a lovely day well spent together inspires you to do more and every time you turn mistakenly to share with him or her your feelings, the empty space that greets you, quickly turns your inspiration to do more into a resolve to do more now! For those who have taken their relationships a step further by moving in together.
Due to the loneliness felt each time a partner says good bye, different forms of pressures and feelings set in they could be the need to make your love official for the whole world to see or you both want to start a stable family. Whatever motivates you into finally making the first step to the most important commitment you would ever make in your entire life might not be off importance but the symbol which you must provide while taking this step is of the utmost importance – “The 訂婚戒指“.
Today purchasing an engagement ring has now become the status quo of identifying yourself as one who is already taken and ready for marriage but have you ever played with the rock or band on your hand and thought about its history? Since it’s not specified in the bible or the oldest documents that give detailed accounts of practices before marriage in time passed.
The popular engagement ring of the modern age had its beginning as recent as the 19th century and wasn’t always a symbol of undying affection, it was more or less the first part payment of the bride price to be paid to the bride’s family but handed over and worn by the bride. It was a kind of insurance provided for the woman, in case the prospective partner which was always the man at that time disbands the marriage thereby compromising the woman’s virtue and appeal to other men.
The true meaning and symbol of the engagement ring started shining through in the 20th century, when men gave their fiancées a band that symbolized their love and intentions for a marriage union, the engagement ring signified that she had been taken, out of limits and ready to be married to her true love and it was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand, for that finger was believed to have a vein running through it which came directly from the heart therefore symbolizing the finger as a “heart finger”. Earlier rings could just be a piece of silver or an iron band without any adornment, which the woman inserts into her fourth finger on her left hand, this was the practice for a short time till commercial rings and the media took over the engagement scene.
The Adverts shown on engagement rings in the middle of the 19th century suggested that men should spend no less than 2 months of their monthly income to purchase the perfect ring for his precious bride to be and just with an advert the definition and style of the engagement ring took a new direction.
The modern engagement ring is a symbol that shows that a person is engaged to be married with style. The cut, pricing and make of the engagement ring although not all important, adds a certain flavour to your engagement day or ceremony and has spurned a new jewellery market all on its own.
The Engagement ring now comes in different designs; it could be a band made of precious materials such as Gold, Platinum or Silver or it could be a band laced with gem stones to provide an irresistible beauty to the ring. The different major designs of engagement rings shall be discussed below.
Different Types of Engagement Rings
Solitaire rings; these are the quintessential classic engagement rings, the solitaire ring consists of a band and a gem stone; the band could be made from any material of your choice ranging from gold to platinum while the gemstone should also be chosen to fit your peculiar characteristics, it could be diamonds or sapphire cut in different ways that would be explained below.
Engagement Rings with Side stones: These exquisite rings are made with gemstones inserted into the sides of the band, which can be made of any metal material depending on your taste. Some side stones ring also come with a central stone at the middle. The popular gemstones used for this design of rings are usually diamonds but you can personally customize your gemstone to the taste of your love.