“From all my reading, engagement rings were rare up until Victorian times. In medieval times the most common engagement gift was a thimble. Through the regency period, engagements were generally so short, people still only had one wedding ring. come the Victorians, however, engagements could be upwards of a year.
ALSO, it was very common for brides to be to “lose their virtue” during this engagement period. As some less scruplous men would propose to get into someone’s pant, they started making it possible to suing men for basically breach of contract if they proposed and then ran.
Expensive rings were another “down payment” making it do men didn’t propose and then take off leaving the woman “ruined””
Rings are likely chosen for the symbol of marriage because of the circular shape because it represents the union as eternal—without a beginning or end.
American men started to wear wedding bands during World War II to serve as a reminder they had a wife waiting for them back at home during their lengthy time away.
Several ancient cultures (including the Romans) claim ownership of the reason why the ring is placed on the third finger on the left hand (the ring finger). It was believed that there was a vein that ran directly to the heart from that finger. The Romans called it the “Vena Amoris” which when translated means “Vein of Love”—a fitting name for a wedding ring.
Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend