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Mark Maglin, Gemologist

The History of Diamond Rings

Marilyn Monroe said it best when she crooned that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Indeed, the diamond ring has long been a symbol of love everlasting and a promise of commitment. But it wasn’t always this way. Actually, the diamond ring is not as ancient as you may have thought. The history of the diamond engagement ring is an interesting one, so buckle up as we get into it!

The Original Ring

As much emphasis as we put on engagement rings in today’s society, they weren’t always a thing. It wasn’t until the Roman empire that engagement rings really became a thing. Furthermore, the original rings didn’t often use diamonds or any kind of gemstone. Instead, rings were usually made of bone, copper, iron, or ivory. The purpose of the ring was to “signify a business contract or to affirm mutual love and obedience,” according to the Gemological Institute of America. Later on, however, gold became the material of choice for modern Roman women.

Diamonds Become Popular

Diamonds gained in popularity, not just in rings, but on almost anything. It stood as a sign of wealth, so they were showing up in earrings and around wrists and even on clothing. But they didn’t become centered around the engagement ring until a diamond company created a very convincing advertisement. In 1947, a British diamond company called De Beers launched a campaign featuring the slogan “A Diamond Is Forever.” With their influential advertisements, young couples were hooked and diamond engagement ring purchases increased massively. Since then, diamonds are the go-to for newly engaged couples.

Modern Day Diamonds

That is, until recently. In a new millennial trend, young people around the age of engagement are opting for unique alternatives. Stones like sapphires and rubies are becoming more of a first choice for many men and women. Likewise, those that want a real diamond but want something a bit different choose colored diamonds or stones that are cut or shaped uniquely. But even as trends shift, there always is plenty of support for the classic diamond.

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