Antique and Vintage Engagement Rings
Since Roman times, men have been giving engagement rings to their blushing brides-to-be. Cultural practices vary, but the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth digit of the left hand stems from the ancient Egyptian belief that the vena amoris (Latin for vein of love) runs directly from this finger to the heart. In the Victorian Era, platinum or gold engagement rings, crowned with a diamond or amethyst, were common. Both...