Have you ever wondered where the longstanding tradition of giving an engagement ring came from? Actually, it’s deeply rooted in a rich history associated with betrothal rings that spans centuries.

An engagement ring’s significance and look has varied over time and across cultures. To celebrate its incredibly rich and diverse global legacy, GIA has created a visual timeline that tells the story behind the history of the engagement ring. Along the way, you’ll learn about gold bethrothal rings, gimmel rings, and of course, the first historical record of a diamond engagement ring.

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