There is a longstanding tradition in the western world of the woman being presented with an engagement ring when a man proposes marriage. If she accepts the proposal then she wears the ring throughout the engagement as a symbol of her intentions, and if she refuses to wear the ring then the engagement has been declined. Throughout time, therefore, engagement rings have been a sign of a contract, that the deal has been sealed and a wedding is forthcoming.
The ring is used because of the eternal qualities of the circle. A ring has no beginning, it has no end, it can truly symbolise the love of the couple who intend to stay true to one another for all eternity, to love one another, and embark upon an exciting journey through life side by side. The ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand as folk lore tells us that there is a vein running from this finger straight to the heart.
In the beginning, only the wealthiest of people could afford a precious stone in their engagement ring and they were mostly simple metal bands, but these days, most people can find something to suit their budget and the engagement ring has become symbolic in its present form. When precious stones were first introduced to the engagement ring, it was popular to use the birthstones of the couple getting engaged or their parents, but this is less common now. Stones could also be used to spell out messages, such as LOVE which still does happen today.
By far the most popular stone to be in the modern day engagement ring is the diamond. You can buy pre-set diamond engagement rings at discount prices from many online or high street stores, or alternatively you can design your own engagement ring if you prefer. Many couples choose to do this to incorporate a part of a family heirloom, maybe a ring which has been handed down through generations and has a particular meaning to the engaged couple. There has been quite a return of 50s style engagement rings which are proving to be extremely popular at the moment. Engagement rings do not have to cost a fortune and it is possible to buy beautiful and exquisite diamond rings less than $500.
If you look on any search engine you will find many internet stores which can supply you with very many different styles, qualities and types of rings, along with lots of other jewelry items. If you just type something like heart shaped lockets into a search engine you will be inundated with choices and you will be bound to find something to suit your style and your pocket. Discount diamond bracelets are also available, with many different designs to choose from. There are also thousands of stores offering jewelry for men, including men’s watches and men’s diamond earrings. The choices really will astound you, and with such the huge variety of prices, styles and offerings which are always available, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes.