The engagement ring is a piece of jewellery that is given to a woman by her male partner when he goes down on one knee and asks her to marry him. If they woman says yes and accepts the ring the couple are said to be engaged and promise to marry each other. This tradition has been in our culture since a very long time and is practiced till today. But have you ever wondered why a ring is given to the woman when her partner asks her to marry her? How did this tradition even start? What is the significance of the ring that makes it a symbol of love? If you are looking for the answer to these questions then read on.
We all know that the engagement ring is a symbol of love and means the world to the couple who are going to be married to each in other. Almost all couples invest a lot of time, energy, money and emotions to select an engagement ring that represents them and their story. There are some couples who propose with their family ring, while some get a customized ring made according to their taste. Whether it is custom made, store bought or a family heirloom, a ring is always involved in the proposal ceremony because the ring is considered to be the symbol of infinite love.
An engagement ring is either a lab diamond ring or one made of natural diamonds and full of symbolism. The circular shape of the ring is considered to be a very sacred geometry. The circle doesn’t have a beginning or end and are said to represent eternity. Thus it represents infinite love that is eternal and one which transcends the realms of this life. It also represents the bond between the couple reminding them how everything in their lives are connected with their partners. The circle also stands for the symbol of the sun, stars, moon and planets that binds all life together within the circle. Similarly the circular engagement ring brings together the lives of two people who meant to be with each other for the rest of their lives.
It is also very interesting to note that the engagement or wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand and not any other finger. This is because the ancient Roman had a notion that the ring finger of the left hand had a vein known as the “vena amoris” and that this vein was directly connected to the heart. Therefor putting the ring, which is the symbol of love, on this finger made you close to the person’s heart and connected you directly with their hearts. Even though today there is no evidence of the existence of such a vein, the tradition continues where the engagement ring is placed on the left ring finger.
Today, many couples choose to customize or personalize their engagement and wedding rings in order to make them hold more meaning. They may choose lab grown diamond engagement ring or natural diamond rings since the diamond stone is known to represent everlasting love. Additionally, they may choose to have a ring with their birthstone or something personal engraved in the metal so as to make it more meaningful.