Marriage Proposals And How They Have Changed Over TimeWeddings
Humanity would not have survived without procreation and the joining of a man and a woman has always been a cause of celebration with all cultures and societies. Marriage proposal is certainly serious business, after all, you are making a lifelong commitment to another person and there is great diversity regarding the custom of proposal, engagement and marriage.
Early Origins Of Marriage Proposal
There is evidence that in Roman times, the man would give his love a ring to symbolise his intentions and this ring was to be worn in public to inform society of the proposed union. The Greeks also presented the woman with a ring of promise and this was to tell the world of their intentions and in some ways, this was practical. Another suitor would see the ring and a potential conflict would be avoided.
From the 12th century, it was the fashion for a man to make a proposal to a woman to live together and more importantly, to have children. All across Europe, royalty and nobility always made sure they married suitable women and together, create an heir to the kingdom or estate. Due to the desire to impress, precious metals and gemstones were used, with the engagement ring developing in sophistication, especially with the aristocracy.
The Ordinary People
Peasants and the working class used cheaper materials to create engagement rings. Some were expertly carved from wood, while copper and brass bands were common and there would be a party to celebrate the up-and-coming union. One can see in all cultures that there is a need to advertise a relationship in order to avoid romantic conflicts arising, or at least to minimise this and the engagement ring can be found in most cultures.
The Arrival Of Diamonds
It was in the late 19th century that the upper class began to incorporate diamonds into engagement rings, and as diamonds became more available, the tradition slowly spread. Fast forward to the 1940s when diamond dealer De Beers created an awesome advertising campaign and from that time on, diamonds became a girl’s best friend. The current trend is to move away from diamonds and when you look at the price per carat of natural tourmaline stone for sale, you can understand why people choose other stones and if she has a passion for tourmaline, it seems fitting to have an engagement ring hand-crafted and presented when proposing.
Getting Down On One Knee
The origins of this are somewhat hazy. Some say that the noble knight went down on one knee as his suit of armour was so heavy, others believe that kneeling is a symbol of respect, and the truth may lay somewhere in between. These days, to ‘take a knee’ is now a big part of proposing and this tradition is likely to continue.
Leap Year Proposals
The tradition that a woman can propose to a man in a leap year is said to have originated in England in the 19th century. It might be that folk singers and storytellers made this a myth to enrich their tales and it kind of found its way into the culture. There are many women who take advantage of this tradition and why not indeed? The tradition of proposing marriage is now under threat, as this article highlights.
If you are planning a proposal, why not have the engagement ring made by a skilled custom jeweller?