An engagement is a special occasion in a couple's life
and every care is taken by all parties to make the event
unique and memorable. Men go to great lengths in planning
the right setting for proposing to their beloved. Similarly,
selecting the right ring for the bride-to-be is an integral
part of planning an engagement party. Likewise, it is
every girl's dream to be proposed in the most romantic
manner with lots of flowers, enchanting music, and the
special man in her life going down on one knee and presenting
her a beautiful ring. Engagement ceremonies are a celebration
of all these aspirations and desires.
During the engagement service, the groom slips a ring
onto the bride's ring finger signifying his commitment
to her. Amongst many other important customs during
an engagement ceremony, exchange of engagement rings
is an exclusively precious element since it displays
the level of loyalty and devotion of the couple towards
History of engagement rings
Rings are exchanged to commemorate the sentiments and
meaning behind the action of engagement. They are symbols
of love, fidelity, eternity, honor and commitment. In
ancient civilizations, a commonly held notion about
a vein that originated from the ring finger and directly
connected to the heart, was the reason why the fourth
finger of the left hand was termed as 'ring finger'.
In some cultures, men presenting an engagement ring
to their women was a symbolism for 'claiming their brides'.
In America, during the colonial period, all forms of
jewelry were forbidden, as they were considered worthless.
Therefore, in place of the ring, a thimble was presented
to the bride. After the marriage, the bride stripped
the base of the thimble to give it a ring like appearance.
Engagement rings are available today in a variety of
styles and materials. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, crystals,
emeralds and even shells are incorporated with gold,
silver, platinum and white gold to make exquisite rings.
Designer shapes for engagement rings is a popular trend
fueled by the fact that each couple wants their engagement
ring to be unique, not only as a style statement but
also as an expression of their love in a way different
from all others.
Choosing the ring
It is a daunting task to choose an engagement ring
which adequately expresses the sentiments of the man
and also suits the woman's persona perfectly. The process
of selecting a ring can be made simpler if a few pointers
are kept in mind. For instance, it is important to recollect
if your lady love has ever indicated what kind of ring
she would prefer if you got engaged. It is always advisable
to select a ring based on what you know of her tastes
when it comes to jewelry. You might want to keep her
distinctive ideas about a style statement in mind when
you order the ring. In case she is the contemporary
type, you could go for a designer piece and if her taste
is more traditional, you could opt for something with
a more ethnic flair.
The most important thing to consider while buying your
fiance an engagement ring is her finger size. The ring
size instructions to the jeweler cannot be given at
random, as it could be rather embarrassing at the engagement
ceremony to find that it is either too loose or too
tight. The ease with which the ring fits into her finger
shows how much care you have taken while selecting it
and makes the woman feel immensely special and valued.