Getting Engaged? — Did You Know?:
The Reader’s Digest informs us that: “One of the first recorded uses of a diamond engagement ring was Archduke Maximilian of Austria’s proposal to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an ‘M’.”
An engagement (or betrothal as it was termed in years gone by!) can vary considerably in length dependent on culture and tradition — and of course the engaged couple’s desires and preference! For adults (as betrothals often took place at a very young age — and still do in some parts of the world), an engagement may last from just several hours (when incorporated into the wedding day itself) to a period of sometimes many years. Emerging new-age pagan traditions favor a period of one year and a day. In the case of child betrothals (typically either a young girl promised to an older husband — often in return for dowry/financial/beneficial agreement to the girl’s parents — or perhaps two children set to ‘unite’ families through the decision to enact such a promise at a young age!), ‘engagement’ may last from infancy until they are determined in their particular society to be of marriageable age.
It is understood that even the early troglodyte (cave-dwelling) males made cords of braided grass and tied it around their intended mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist, in the belief that it would bring her spirit under his control! Hardly as romantic as the symbolic bond represented by the diamond ring! So there is much to be said for today’s abiding preference for the eternal beauty and meaning of the diamond engagement ring to signal your devotion and loving promise — So why not choose one now, together?:…