Becoming Engaged

The engagement of a man and a woman is not only a private and personal decision between two individuals but also a public and social declaration of their intention to be united in marriage.

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It is a transitory stage between being ‘just friends’ and an established married couple. It is also a romantic time, full of all the excitement and joy that your forthcoming wedding brings.

The early Egyptians believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran directly from the heart, to the top of the third finger, left hand. Hence this is the finger that forever, from the day of your engagement, will wear the most overt sign of your love – the rings.

The diamond has been the traditional symbol of love since the Middle Ages. The very word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek “adamas” meaning unconquerable – suggesting that the fire in a diamond reflects the constant flame of love.

While the traditional white diamond solitaire is still a popular choice, coloured stones are fast becoming a hot favourite. Blue and pink sapphires, emeralds, rubies, tourmaline, garnets, beryl and amethysts are just some of the coloured stones adding a sparkling rainbow to many a girl’s left hand. And, black diamond engagement rings have become a popular choice around the globe.

It’s now fashionable for a husband-to-be to buy just the stone, or stones, and present them to the woman of his dreams along with his proposal. The couple then choose a ring setting together or design their own.

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