Quick History of Wedding Rings and Newest Ring Trends

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Today’s newest wedding ring trends!

Let’s just start by saying that there are SO MANY types of engagement rings out there for both men and women, and vintage styles have made quite a comeback!

For 2019, it would appear we are seeing that the Emerald Cut and the Pear or Tear-shaped rings are turning heads, but the sharp lines of the (not rounded) inverted pyramid is also something new we’ve started seeing, too! And it would appear that Morganite (pictured above) is the hot stone of 2019. Why? It’s a rare semi-precious stone that comes in a peachy-pink hue!

We all know about gold, rose gold, platinum, titanium rings, but a new trend to watch out for is the silicone rings are making their way into the mainstream. And we absolutely adore the creative wood and resin rings coming around—but just remember, they are not as durable as the traditional stones and metals.

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Fun facts about engagement rings

3,000 Years Ago – Egyptians exchanged braided hemp or reed rings, later to be replaced with leather, bone or ivory.  Why? Hieroglyphics suggest that Egyptians saw the ring as a symbol of eternal love and commitment between couples, as a circle has no beginning or an end. Awesome.

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Where did engraved rings idea come from?

Blame it on the Ancient Romans, who found that metal iron rings lasted a bit longer, and symbolized enduring strength. (Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The One Ring to Rule Them All is below — we too thought that Frodo and Sam took care of that whole “destroy the ring in Mount Mordor” thing, but perhaps that’s just what those two wanted us to believe ... hmmm.)

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What is this Gimmel ring thing?

Well, let’s start with the word “Gimmel or Gimmal” which is Latin for “twin,” and this is a ring that is made of 2 or 3 hoops, that once joined together, a complete ring is forged!  Why?  The idea, back in the 16th-17th centuries, was that a groom and bride wore their separate engagement rings up until the wedding ceremony. The groom would remove his ring and unite it with the bride’s on her finger! (I can only imagine the issues with the sizing gaps and ring slippage with this tradition.)

Thanks for reading. No plants were harmed during these photo shoots.

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