This mornings post & infographic is brought to us by the lovely Martin Cummins of Perfect Ring.
The tradition of the engagement ring is known the world over. Exchanging engagement rings amongst partners is a symbol of love and intention to commit to marriage. Research shows that the tradition of exchanging of engagement rings goes back to pre-history.
Obviously wearing an engagement is a way to communicate to the world that you have a commitment to another. In the western world, the engagement ring is coincided with an engagement announcement whereby the couple tell their friends and families that they have decided to make a formal commitment to each other. Generally this engagement period where the male is known as a fiancé and the female is called the fiancée, leads to marriage. The marriage may never take place but usually in the west it can take place on average anything from 6 months to 2 years after the engagement.
Engagement ring trends change over time. Some brides will always prefer the classic and traditional look. Jewellers have noticed in recent years a tendency for couples to experiment with diamonds and the ring metal. Celebrity choices can sometimes influence trends.
This info-graphic covers the history of the engagement ring and gives some interesting facts behind the tradition.