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Diamond Rings Through the Ages

2011   December 02
by Jason

diamond ringThe solitaire setting has changed into a classic style for Engagement Rings. The Engagement Bands romantic conventions resonate through time. The Romans initially introduced the betrothal ring as a plain, iron ring.

Among the society, the iron ring was worn while inside and replaced with the more valuable gold band when outside. As early as the fourth century A. D, inscriptions, complicated or as easy as honey, embellished the interior of the band.

According to Macrobius, a fifth century Roman writer, the betrothal ring was worn on the 4th finger of the left hand. It was thought that from that finger a special vein ran to the heart. To this date the centuries-old custom of wearing an Engagement Band in this fashion has endured. In the Middle Ages, sapphires and rubies at first enhanced the engagement band, while diamonds were incorporated in the fifteenth century. The earliest written record of the utilization of a diamond in an engagement band was in 1477 by a Doctor. Moroltinger, who was advising the future Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian to have a ring set with a diamond for his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy. Resisting fire and steel, diamonds stood for the fortitude of a lifetime partnership. Early cutting strategies caused gems to look lifeless and even black, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is regarded as the worlds foremost authority in the grading and identifying of diamonds and other gem material. Compensating for these disappointing stones, goldsmiths designed complicated settings, made up of such romantic ideas as rosettes and fleur-de-lis, illustrating the brides pureness. More ephemeral than the diamond ring, the rush ring was quickly made of leaves or grass and lasted in several cases so long as the fugitive engagement. A rather more enduring and preferred 16th century ring, the fede ( Italian for religion ) betrothal ring signified a unions immutability in its central picture of 2 clasped hands. With the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in the eighteenth century, diamond jewellery became more freely available, and diamond cluster engagement bands were in style. A typical cluster design incorporated little rose-cut diamonds prepared around a bigger center stone.