The bridal rings: from the engagement to the wedding bands.
If there is something that commercial advertisements on TV have taught us is that “a diamond is forever”.
But what about the story behind the selection of such precious stone, so frequently used to propose to your beloved?
Before the wedding
The first lucky woman to receive a diamond ring was Maria di Borgogna, who got engaged to the archduke Massimiliano d’Austria.
Trough the ages, the pleasure to give this precious bridal ring has had its up and down, mostly because of wars and economical crisis.
It was 1974 when the De Beers company was able to make the sales go up again, inventing the slogan about diamond rings we still know by heart.
It’s the groom privilege and responsibility to choose the shape and size of the diamond ring.
Whichever the choice is, a beautiful solitaire, a simple golden band, or the very wished for “trilogy” (three diamonds which symbolize the past, the present and the future), the engagement ring represents a deep connection of love, the will to make a relationship last forever.
Today the vintage style rings have made a comeback in the fashion world, even better if they once belonged to mothers or grandmothers: the perfect lucky charm for a long, happy marriage.
We’re talking about very pricey diamonds, usually of a yellow or pink shade instead of the classic white colour, surrounded by other smaller stones on a delicate band.
The wedding day
There aren’t particularly musts you have to follow through on your wedding day: the only rule is having some common fashion sense and don’t go overboard with too many earrings, necklaces or bracelets.
The bride will shine like a star no matter what; the best solution is to focus your attention on one piece of jewelry, better if matching with your wedding dress or of some kind of sentimental value.
The wedding band will be the one and only ring allowed on your hand.
For now, put aside the engagement ring, who can return on your ring finger as soon as the ceremony ends.
Pearls are the only type of stone which tradition strictly suggests not to wear: they are said to bring tears to whoever receive them as a gift.
However, is it true that precious stones they remain indeed, so if someone actually give them to you as wedding gift, just go along with it!