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Engagement ring and its meaning


While the exchange of rings is a common part of the engagement ceremony for many couples today, it was not common not so long ago. The custom of exchangering wedding rings has been in use for centuries, however engagement rings are relatively new.

Over time, different countries have created their own distinct traditions around engagement rings. Additionally the customs and traditions regarding engagement and engagement rings are changing constantly. There are no longer a time when a bride and groom could be just men and women. The customs and the culture have become more colorful.



You will learn how the tradition of the engagement ring started and what you need to be aware of.

Tradition of the engagement ring: How long has the custom been in place?

The tradition of exchanging engagement rings is believed to have roots in Pope Stephen who is also known as Saint Stephen. He was Pope from 254 until his death in 257 AD and a fervent advocate of the indissolubility of marriage. The purpose of the engagement ring was intended to signify and strengthen the marriage vows made by both parties.

In the Christian tradition, the ring is used as a symbol of marriage. Since around the 13th century, the bride and groom have been placing rings on their hands as a element of weddings in the church. A distinction between engagement and wedding rings was not common for a long time after that.

In other sources, the tradition of the engagement ring goes back to ancient times: Even in ancient Greece it was believed to be commonplace for the groom to give his loved ones a ring as to show his love and care. Similar traditions are passed through the Roman Empire: an iron ring, often decorated with keys, was believed to symbolize the connection between two people.

And finally, there is an ancient connection between the engagement ring and the ancient city of Egypt, which also provides a possible explanation for why it is still common in certain countries to wear the engagement ring on the left hand. The arterial connection to the heart is located on the left arm.

In the Middle Ages, it was commonplace to gift the bride a wedding ring made of iron to indicate that she had received her dowry. Even then, the wealthier could get exquisitely made rings Some of them were set with diamonds.

The practice of presenting an engagement ring made of gold with a gemstone, or diamond to signify marriage commitment is said to be a relatively new custom. It dates back to an advertising campaign of the diamond manufacturer De Beers. The slogan "A diamond is everlasting" is still in use today.

Engagement rings and their significance in Germany

The meaning of an engagement ring in Germany is commonplace since the 20th century: couples exchange rings to signify their engagement, a symbol of their marriage promise. These rings can be worn as wedding bands following the wedding. The rings shift from left to the right hand. If the couple decides they would like to wear wedding rings for their wedding, the engagement ring is typically removed.

Engagement rings are a tradition in the USA

In the USA, the engagement ring is usually given to the bride. In many Hollywood films that the groom offers the bride an engagement ring as part of a traditional and romantic marriage proposal. After the wedding ceremony, it is typically worn as a ring alongside the wedding ring. The custom is slowly spreading to other countries.

Tradition of engagement rings in Turkey

Different cultures, different customs which is also the case with the customs of the engagement ring. In Turkey for instance they are also a part of the customs that surround the planning of an engagement ceremony. In contrast to Germany, however in Turkey the parents of the groom's prospective bride traditionally visit the bride's parents to assess the situation. The subject of weddings is discussed over tea. If everyone agrees that their children should wed, the future bride-to-be and groom are presented with engagement rings. The red cord connects the rings. This cord is cut by a relative to make the engagement official.

Conclusion:

The engagement ring can look back on a long and diverse time in history. Despite the different ways that exist today in different countries regarding customs and procedures surrounding the engagement ring, there are a lot of similarities. The engagement ring is everywhere a symbol of promise. lasting affection. It doesn't matter how the engagement ring is presented or how the exact design of an engagement ring appears like, whether it's for one partner or both partners.

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