You have been dating the person of your dreams for quite some time now. You may or may not be staying together as a couple, either of the two has its own relationship problems; if you do not live as a couple, the feeling of loneliness that surges through your heart every time your partner says the words “good bye” after a lovely day well spent together inspires you to do more and every time you turn mistakenly to share with him or her your feelings, the empty space that greets you, quickly turns your inspiration to do more into a resolve to do more now! For those who have taken their relationships a step further by moving in together.
Due to the loneliness felt each time a partner says good bye, different forms of pressures and feelings set in they could be the need to make your love official for the whole world to see or you both want to start a stable family. Whatever motivates you into finally making the first step to the most important commitment you would ever make in your entire life might not be off importance but the symbol which you must provide while taking this step is of the utmost importance – “The Engagement Ring”.
Today purchasing an engagement ring has now become the status quo of identifying yourself as one who is already taken and ready for marriage but have you ever played with the rock or band on your hand and thought about its history? Since it’s not specified in the bible or the oldest documents that give detailed accounts of practices before marriage in time passed.
The popular engagement ring of the modern age had its beginning as recent as the 19th century and wasn’t always a symbol of undying affection, it was more or less the first part payment of the bride price to be paid to the bride’s family but handed over and worn by the bride. It was a kind of insurance provided for the woman, in case the prospective partner which was always the man at that time disbands the marriage thereby compromising the woman’s virtue and appeal to other men.