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CoupleSets Engagement ring: its significance

While many couples exchange rings as part of their wedding, this was not the norm long ago. The custom of exchanging wedding rings has been in use for centuries, however engagement rings are relatively new.

Special features in different nations around the globe ensure that a variety of customs has been developed around engagement rings throughout the course of history. Additionally the customs and practices concerning engagement and engagement rings are in constant change. The days are long gone where a bride and groom could only be a man and a woman. Society has become more colorful and the customs have changed with it.

You will learn about how the tradition of the engagement ring came about and what you must be aware of.

How long is this tradition going on?

It is believed that the tradition of exchangerings for engagement goes back to Pope Stephen (also called Saint Stephen). He was Pope between 254 and 257 AD and was a staunch advocate for the indissolubility of marriage. The purpose of the engagement ring was to signify and strengthen the marriage vows made by both parties.

In the Christian religion rings are considered to be a symbol of marriage. Since around the 13th century, the bride and groom have been putting rings on their hands as a element of weddings in the church. A distinction between engagement and wedding rings was not widespread for many years after that.

In other sources, the tradition of the engagement ring even dates back to prehistoric times: Even in ancient Greece, it was said to be commonplace for the groom to present his bride a ring an expression of love and affection. The Roman Empire also passed down similar customs: an iron ring decorated with keys was intended to symbolize the bond between two individuals.

There is a historical connection between an engagement ring and ancient Egypt and Egypt, which could provide an explanation for the reason it is still popular in certain countries to wear the engagement ring on the left hand. The arterial connection to the heart is located in the left arm.

In the Middle Ages it was common to present a bride with an iron ring, as a symbol that she had received her Dowry. Even then, the wealthier were able to get rings that were extremely elaborately made that were even set with diamonds.

The tradition of giving an engagement ring of gold typically set with a diamond or gemstone to signify the marriage promise is said to be quite new and is rooted in a marketing campaign of the diamond manufacturer De Beers. The slogan "A diamond is forever" is still in use to this day.

Engagement rings significance in Germany

Since the 20th century engagement rings have been the most common symbol of marriage in Germany. Couples exchange rings to signify their engagement and symbolize their vows to marry. Sometimes, these rings are used as wedding rings after the wedding ceremony. However, after the wedding, the rings shift from left to the right hand. If the couple decides they would like to wear wedding bands for their wedding, the engagement ring will usually be taken off.

Tradition of engagement rings in the USA

In the USA generally, only the bride receives an engagement ring. Many Hollywood films depict the traditional and romantic marriage proposal, in which the groom is traditionally present to the bride an engagement ring. After the wedding, this ring is typically worn as a ring in addition to the wedding ring. The custom is slowly spreading to other countries.

Tradition of engagement rings in Turkey

Different countries, different customs which is also the case with the tradition of engagement rings. In Turkey, this is also part of the tradition surrounding the planning of the wedding. In Turkey as opposed to Germany the parents of the groom's future bride visit the parents of the bride to assess the situation. The subject of weddings is discussed during tea. If everyone agrees that their children should wed the future bride-to be and groom receive the engagement rings. The red cord joins the rings. Cutting the cord by a family member makes the engagement official.


The history of the engagement rings is long and varied. There are many commonalities despite the differing ways of life and customs in different countries today. Perhaps the most important: the engagement band is a symbol the promise to be made everywhere. lasting affection. It doesn't really matter how the ring is presented or what the ring's design looks like, whether it's intended for just one partner or both partners.


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