Origins

Legend has it that in 1477, a love-struck Austrian, Archduke Maximilian, came up with a gem of an idea: to give his future wife, Mary of Burgundy, a diamond ring to celebrate their imminent engagement. She wore the ring on her third finger on the left hand, the same finger believed by ancient Egyptians to have a vein that led straight to the heart. Others believe diamond betrothal rings were used to signify the eternal love of a couple – seeing as they are the hardest mineral in the world.

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  • Thanks for posting–wonderful eye-candy and very informative! I wanted to also give fellow brides a heads up about my online experience creating my own ring. After dragging my fiance everywhere on a quest for the perfect ring, I finally took my search online. Loved 21Diamonds! Fabulous selection, and I just showed my fiance some designs I liked and let him do the final design (while watching ESPN and drinking a beer!) so it was still a surprise. I now have the most gorgeous ring. (Oops, almost posted and realized I didn't include the web address: 21Diamonds.co.uk.)

    • Elaine
    • 01 February 2012
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