Diamond Wedding Rings

The wedding ring brings with it a notion of romance. But where did this tradition come from? How did the ring become a symbol of marriage?

Ever since the time of the Egyptians the circle, a simple shape with no end and no beginning, has been used as a symbol for eternity. Wearing the ring as a public symbol of marriage however became a custom much later. The earliest rings were made of iron in Roman times, but the god ring set with gems became fashionable by medieval times. The most popular gets were symbolic – red rubies to signify the heart, blue sapphires reflecting the heavens – but the most coveted and powerful gem was the indestructible diamond.

The word itself, 'diamond' is derived from the Greek word adamas, which means 'the unconquerable'. Diamonds are nature’s hardest substance and with that they represent invincible strength, a fitting gem for the marriage covenant. But the real pull of these sparkly stones -- which ancient Greeks believed were delicate splinters of fallen stars -- came from the powers and protection they offered the wearer. In India, where diamonds were first discovered, they were thought to be a shield from the combined forces of evil (which at that time included snakes, poison, and theft). Ancient astrologers believed diamonds promoted lasting love and warded off witchcraft and nightmares. Associated with everything from innocence to sexual power to all-encompassing protection, you can see why the diamond the betrothal gift of choice for lads and ladies.

Diamond engagement rings as a trend started with Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who started the craze in 1477 when he presented one to his beloved, Mary of Burgundy. The dual-ring ceremonies, in which both bride and groom wear a ring, were introduced by the Greek Orthodox Church in the 1300s. The custom did not catch in America until the beginning of World War II, when young men went off to war. Many young couples married in anticipation of this separation and the rings were worn by both halves of the couple as a reminder f each other. By the height of the war, 85% of marriages were dual-ring ceremonies. And of course, they continue to be today -- and we're more attached to our wedding bling than ever before.

There are many different type sand styles of wedding and engagement rings available. From gold to platinum, solitary settings to diamonds all around. The prices are as always all over the bard as well. From mere hundreds of dollars to multiple thousands, the sky is the limit.

Ladies 14KT gold wedding band Ladies platinum wedding band with 0.25 carat diamonds. $2200

Ladies 14KT gold wedding band Ladies 14KT gold wedding band with 2.20 carats of round diamonds. $7600
Men’s 14KT white and yellow gold and 0.15carat diamond wedding band. $1744

Men’s platinum and 1.38 carat diamond wedding band. $5920
Ladies White gold 0.08Ladies White gold 0.08 carat diamond wedding ring. $335

white gold diamondMen’s 14K white gold diamond 6mm band. $935

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