Did you propose? Did he or she say yes? Well, congratulations to you! Now you will have to think about an engagement ring. Engagement rings are often given when proposing marriage or right after. I know that my mother still wears hers with her wedding ring to this day. I also noticed that it is in a very different style than her wedding rings.

I want to explore some different styles of rings that you can get as well as give a quick history of how they came to be. Be ready with your pen and paper and take some notes as you Read more about engagement ring.

A simple band of precious metal

dhd84One of the most popular types of engagement rings is the simple band of precious metal. The Romans of the second century were the ones who started this practice. The men would give their brides two rings. One was made of gold to be worn out in public, and the second one of iron to be worn around the homestead.

Unfortunately, this was to signify that the wife was the possession of the man. However, in the Nordic counties, both the men and women would both wear a simple gold band to signify their love and commitment to each other, now and forever more.

Claddagh ring

Another style is the Claddagh ring. This ring is from Ireland and came about in the 1700s. As to the origins of the ring, it is steeped in myth and folklore, so there is really no known history of it. The closest we can come is that the design of the ring comes from Claddagh, which is a village that is known for its fishing industry and is now part of Galway City.

The Claddagh ring is a gold ring design with two hands holding a heart with a crown on it. The symbolism of the ring is said to correspond with the attributes of love, friendship, and loyalty. The way in which the ring is worn is also indicative of the status of the female. On the right hand, if the point of the heart is towards the fingertips, she is single and looking for love. If the heart points towards the wrist, she is in a relationship. If worn on the left hand pointing towards the fingertips, she is engaged. If the heart’s point is towards the wrist, she is married.

Dearest ring

djhd74Another style is the dearest ring. This ring is simply called this because of the placement of gemstones in it. The gemstones in the ring are diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire, and topaz. Take the first letter of each of those gems, and you have a d.e.a.r.e.s.t ring.

I hope this has helped you look at engagement rings a little differently. Make your significant other feel special and give her something no one else has.