A very attractive sterling silver solitaire ring. Well-cut and highly reflective gemstone (see photos). 925 sterling silver - xrf tested purity confirmed.
The solitaire ring has a long history. Its origins can be traced back to Ancient Roman times, when a ring symbolised life and eternity and was used as a public pledge of marriage between a couple. It wasn't until events such as the discovery of diamond mines in Africa during the Victorian era that the style became popular. It is also a wonderful choice due to its versatility. Whether worn on its own, paired with an enhancer ring or placed alongside a wedding band, there is a solitaire ring to suit every taste and lifestyle.
Ring Size: UK 'R 1/2'
Provenance: Ex. Property of a Yorkshire estate, UK.
The solitaire ring has a long history. Its origins can be traced back to Ancient Roman times, when a ring symbolised life and eternity and was used as a public pledge of marriage between a couple. The first engagement ring dates to the 2nd century B.C. At this time, married woman received two rings. One was a gold ring to wear in public, and the other was an iron ring to wear at home.
However, giving a solitaire diamond ring wasn't a thing until the year 1477. It started when the archduke of Maximilian of Austria, of the Habsburg Dynasty gifted a ring to his soon wife-to-be, Mary of Burgundy. During that period, diamonds were extremely rare, therefore they were so expensive and a huge investment. In the beginning, proposing with a ring was only for the extreme rich, mainly royalty. After time, it became more widespread and democratized. This was because of the booming diamond industry in South Africa, a few centuries later in the year 1866. One specific campaign was led by a South African diamond company that was being represented in the United States. After that campaign, the practice of giving solitaire diamond engagement rings spread even more. During the 20th century, the engagement ring became more and more apparent and normalized. Now, in the 21st century, solitaire gemstone engagement rings are the most popular engagement rings given. They are a classic gemstone engagement ring that will never go out of style.
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