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CoupleSet Engagement ring and its meaning

While exchanging rings is part of the engagement ceremony for many couples today, this was not the norm long ago. The tradition of exchanging wedding rings has been practiced for centuries, but engagement rings are relatively new.

Different countries around the world assure that a variety of customs has been developed around engagement rings over the course of time. The rituals and customs surrounding engagement and engagement rings change regularly. The days are long gone when a wedding couple could only be one man and one woman. The social customs and traditions have changed and become more vibrant.

You will discover how the tradition surrounding the engagement ring came about and what you need to know.

How long have these traditions been around for?

It is believed that the custom of exchangerings for engagement originates from Pope Stephen (also called Saint Stephen). He was Pope from 254 until his death in 257 AD. He was an avid advocate of the indissolubility of marriage. The meaning of the engagement ring was intended to symbolize and strengthen the marriage vows made by both parties.

In the Christian religion the ring is believed to be an indication of marriage. Since the 13th century, the bride and groom have been putting rings on their hands as a element of weddings in the church. It was a long time before a distinction between wedding and engagement rings was commonplace.

The tradition of the engagement rings can be traced back to the beginning of Greece. It was customary for grooms to present their beloveds a ring as a way to express their love and affection. Similar traditions are handed down from the Roman Empire: An iron ring, typically decorated with small keys was believed to represent the bond between two individuals.

There is also a historical link between the engagement rings and the ancient Egypt. This could be the reason the reason why it is normal in some countries for the rings to be worn on the left. The arterial connection to the heart is located in the left arm.

In the Middle Ages it was common to give a bride an iron ring, in order to signify that she had received her Dowry. Even then, those who were wealthy were able to get elaborately made rings, some even adorned with diamonds.

The tradition of giving an engagement ring made of gold typically set with a diamond or gemstone to signify the marriage vow is said to be a relatively new concept and is rooted in a marketing campaign by the diamond company De Beers. The slogan "A diamond is eternal" is still in use today.

Engagement Ring significance in Germany

Since the 20th century engagement rings have been an integral symbol of marriage in Germany. Couples exchange rings to signify their engagement and symbolize their marriage vow. The rings can be worn as wedding bands after the wedding ceremony. After that, however, the rings are moved from the left to the right hand. When the couple decides that they would like to wear wedding rings at their wedding the engagement ring will usually be removed.

Tradition of engagement rings in the USA

In the USA the engagement ring is often given to the bride. Many Hollywood films depict the traditional and romantic marriage proposal, where the groom traditionally gives the bride an engagement ring. After the wedding ceremony, it is often worn as a ring alongside the wedding ring. The custom is gradually spreading to other nations.

Ring of engagement tradition in Turkey

This is also the case for the tradition of engagement rings. In Turkey for instance they are also a part of the customs that surround the preparation of an engagement ceremony. Unlike in Germany, however, in Turkey the parents of the groom's bride typically visit the parents of the bride to review the situation. In tea, the subject of weddings will be discussed. If everyone agrees that their children should get married, the future bride-to-be and groom will receive engagement rings. The red cord joins the rings. The cutting of this cord by a friend will make the engagement official.


The history of the engagement rings is long and varied. There are many commonalities despite the differences in the customs and practices across different nations today. The most important is the engagement rings are a symbol of the promise of. lasting affection. It doesn't matter in the way that the ring is given, or what an engagement ring looks like and if it's an engagement rings for one partner or rings that are designed for both partners.


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