Published at Thursday, 26 September 2019. Wedding Ring. By Élisabeth Lamarre.
For many years, it was thought that diamonds worn on the left hand would ward off evil spirits and they signified betrothal to the public. Finally, those who could afford it began to call it a diamond engagement ring. The popularity of the diamond engagement ring really began to take off in 1938 when the advertising slogan, Diamonds are Forever, was coined and when De Beers introduced the control system that successfully worked as diamonds were withheld from the market by way of a monopoly. In the early 20th century, one of the chairman of De Beers Diamond Mining Corporation optimistically predicted that the diamond trade would prosper, ”so long as men are foolish and women are vain.”
These two rings are the pillars of a woman’s life. She will take as much pride in them as she would in the other important aspects. Though due to personal choices or latest fashion trends the lines between wedding ring and engagement ring often get blurred however, there are certain differences by the way of which the jewelry stores display them differently. Both constitute the bridal jewelry and often women even choose to wear both the engagement ring and the wedding band together on the ring finger of the left hand.
Due to the belief that a diamond engagement ring was a calming agent between man and wife, it was recommended as the stone to be set in wedding or engagement rings – not because of its beauty. It was described by Isidore of Seville as a small stone devoid of beauty. When you see a rough diamond, it could be easily mistaken for a piece of sea glass that has been roughened up by the waves on a beach for years.
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