The engagement ring has a rich history, and it is deeply meaningful for many people. Choosing the perfect engagement ring is a wonderful way to begin a magical life-long journey with the love of your life.
As we enter yet into another year clouded by the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, industries across the world are starting to see and feel the impact, if not already affected. Yet, in the ongoing storm, there is a silver lining in the clouds – and that’s the wedding industry. Though hit hard in the past year, this industry is set to take off blissfully in 2021.
Whilst weddings have been off the cards, engagements definitely haven’t. In fact, it has become quite a trend. Surprisingly, for many jewellers, engagement rings have been much in demand as a symbol of hope and romance since the first lockdown in March, and continue to be so. As the saying goes, love transcends all. Now, more than ever, it means a lot to have something to look forward to.
Though more widely popular in the Western culture, the engagement concept is now fairly widespread around Asia. Traditionally, an engagement ring is presented as an engagement gift by a partner to their prospective spouse when they propose marriage or directly after a marriage proposal is accepted. It represents a formal agreement to future marriage.
An engagement ring is an important symbol for two people to share. It is a symbol of the couple’s dedication, love, and commitment to each other. It is a symbol of the beautiful journey that two people embark upon when they decide to spend their lives together. It is a symbol that is meant to last a lifetime, a representation of the beauty of the relationship to friends, family, and co-workers. In fact, the tradition of proposing marriage with an engagement ring dates back to ancient Egyptian times but wasn’t widely popularised until the custom reached ancient Rome. Back in the olden days, the ring not only symbolised a partner’s commitment to the eternity of the relationship, it also served as a statement to charming bachelors looking to whisk soon-to-be-wives away for a frolic in the hay – any woman with a ring on the ring finger of her left hand is no longer available to be courted.
The circle of the ring is said to carry a deep meaning and symbolism because it has no end and no beginning, representing an infinite love that transcends this life and thus a beautiful and serendipitous connection between the two people. Traditionally, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, similar to the wedding ring. Having said that, what is the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring? Typically, an engagement ring is given at a proposal or when a couple decides to get married whilst a wedding ring is exchanged at the wedding ceremony and represents the official bond of marriage. Both rings are often worn together as symbols of love and commitment. Regardless, it is a personal preference between the couple, some couples opt to wear a combination of both while others opt for one.
Engagement rings in today’s times have become popular, even in Malaysia, as it not only represents commitment and love, it makes the engagement official. The engagement ring doubles up as the ‘officially taken’ tag and keeps prying eyes at bay! The millennials today, with social media taking over the world, the idea of showing off a stone on the ring finger isn’t even an option. An engagement ring today is something as powerful as your Relationship Status on Facebook: once it’s on the finger, the whole world, at the very least family and immediate circle of friends will know a wedding is in near sight. It is incredible how one, tiny, circular object can speak a thousand words but that’s exactly what the engagement ring does. While the aspect of love is there for sure, but it’s more about doing it like everyone does, flaunting to the world. As with most people, cultures and traditions, placing an engagement ring on your spouse’s finger is an expression of emotions. A promise of continuous love, commitment and eternal togetherness. It is a silent but eternal proposal resting on the ring finger, signifying the vows to one another and always present as a reminder when times are tough. It can be said that an engagement ring is a source of pride and a loud and clear message to the world.