Are you planning on proposing to the love of your life? If so, congratulations! You will be starting a new chapter in your life that we hope will bring you joy and happiness. All you need now is to choose a ring that represents what you feel for your very special other half.

Many anthropologists, according to the American Gem Society,believe that the tradition of the engagement ring originated from a Roman custom in which the wives wore rings that attached to small keys to indicate their husband’s ownership.

Later in 1477, the Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This event created a trend among the European aristocracy and it remains today in many places around the world.

But for commoners, it was not until 1947 when De Beers launched the slogan “a diamond is forever” which compared this gemstone’s durability to love that lasts forever, that diamonds established themselves as the gemstone that one is expected to offer to the woman he loves when proposing marriage.

While one of the most popular diamond cuts for rings is the “round brilliant” that consists of 58 facets that divide the stone into a top and a bottom half. But other cuts and combinations have also been used in famous proposals around the world.

Three Famous Engagement Rings

When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, he used the engagement ring that his father gave to his mother, Princess Diana, which was a blue sapphire with a diamond halo. It is said that Diana actually picked it out herself from a jewelry collection.

Another famous engagement ring belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. Considering thatthe actress married a total of eight times, she sure accumulated her rings, but the one that her third husband, Mike Todd, gave her, which was a 29.4 carat emerald-cut diamond, is the one that caught the attention.

Our third famous engagement ring was the 35 baguette-cut diamonds that Yankees legend, Joe DiMaggio, gave to Marilyn Monroe, and is a style which is still popular today.

Does It Have To Be A Diamond?

The answer is no. Both your engagement and wedding rings can be what your heart desires which includes the option of not giving a gemstone at all. This is more of a tradition than an absolute must in today’s diverse culture. Instead of a rink, you can also choose to present your loved one with a necklace, bracelet, anklet or nothing!

Also, if you do want to give a ring to your fiancé or fiancée (because yes, a girl can propose to her guy) then it need not be a diamond, but some other gemstone. We are noticing a trend today where most brides want to wear something unique and are therefore open to a variety of other gemstone options.

Amethysts can be cut in a very sophisticated way for a ring and not only will they last for a very long time but will cost a fraction of the price of a diamond ring. Also, like Princess Diana’s ring, you can have a sapphire instead. They not only come in blue color, but also in peach, pink, yellow, green, and white.

Emeralds also make beautiful engagement rings because of their very distinct green color. Pearls are another great choice. Even if they are not crystals, they are organic gems that have been used for centuries as jewelry.

How about something from Mystic Self as an engagement jewel for your loved one?