Updated: Sep 27, 2020
In this blog we are going on a sentimental journey through history to see how our tastes in engagements rings have changed & what has influenced this.
Over the ages, engagement rings have been hugely symbolic and treasured. Apart from their beauty, they represent many things. They contribute to the sentiment of eternity, are used to honour the love between two people & mark their betrothal, or simply a diamond ring may be gifted to someone special as a token of gratitude & appreciation.
I am sure in Asia diamond rings were historical given & worn with love, however the first European record of a diamond engagement being presented, was in 1477 to Mary of Burgundy, heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy, by the Archduke Maximillian of Austria. This sparked a trend for diamond rings that endures today.
The Renaissance era marked the addition of engraved messages to add value to the engagement ring design. The crystalline form of the diamond must have dazzled the beholder in candle light.
Jump forward to the 18th & 19th centuries, new discoveries of diamond deposits in Brazil & Africa, fashion styles popular of the times and the Industrial Revolution meant that diamonds became more available, although still primarily for nobility and royalty.
Thankfully in 1886, Tiffany & Co, developed the Tiffany setting which allowed more light into a mounted diamond and set it at a good height off the hand, thus making it look bigger & brighter. Coupled with the Tiffany setting design, diamonds took on a new look with the invention of cutting techniques by Marcel Tolkowsky, who developed the round brilliant cut diamond in1919.
Bringing the Tiffany setting & the round brilliant together was exactly what the world wanted in their diamond jewellery. (To further perfect the round brilliant cut Bruce Harding revisited the Tolkowsky diamond design in 1975, enabling computer aided symmetry we are used to seeing today).