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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    • Elaine
    • 01 February 2012
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  • We were recommended Ivan Dvorak Jewellery out of all the ring shops in Hatton Garden. On visiting the shop we initially thought that this is well out of our budget, however after talking to Zuzana we realised our dream of getting a unique engagement ring and wedding bands could happen. We explained our budget and she gave us all the options in order that we could make a choice. Her expert advice and previous creations gave us inspiration and we decided on a design in the shop after at least an hour of discussion. We never felt rushed or pushed into a decision. Zuzana kept us updated about the progress via email. When it was finished she posted it to us securely as we couldn't collect at the time. We returned 6 months later to design our wedding bands and it was lovely to have this continuity and a story behind our rings. We wear them now with pride knowing that no one else will have the same ring! Dan & Grace

    • Dan Robertson
    • 11 June 2014
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