Dating trends past and present
The modern engagement ring has a history that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, if not earlier.Here’s a timeline of how the ultimate symbol of love and commitment has evolved from then until now.Although styles may rise and fall in popularity year by year, the same basic look that dominated for much of the twentieth century—of a ring with a prominent, sparkling diamond—continues to be the most sought after at the beginning of the twenty-first.
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Sometimes a silver ring would be given to mark an engagement, and it would be replaced by a gold ring upon the wedding.
The Victorian era in England is considered a very romantic time, in part because beloved Queen Victoria was very much in love with her husband Albert (rare for royal marriages, which were often arranged for diplomatic or economic reasons) Victorian engagement rings often feature whimsical and romantic motifs, such as hearts, bows, flowers and even snakes (which were seen as a symbol of eternity).
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Audrey Hepburn’s husband Mel Ferrer may have kicked off the trend of stackable rings in different metals, a style that’s still going strong today, by giving the style-conscious star rings in both yellow and rose gold, so she could switch them out to match her outfit.