For thousands of years, the representation of the bond between two people has long been a ring. These romantic and inspirational gestures have held steady, but where exactly did they come from? Though De Beers didn’t create the diamond engagement ring, they are associated with popularizing diamond engagement and wedding rings in the 1940s and ushering in the modern era of engagement rings.
The Greeks were among the first to wear rings not only to represent marriage but also as a pledge of fidelity or loyalty. Throughout the centuries, various western civilizations adorned themselves similarly. In Roman times, the Claddagh ring – featuring two hands for friendship and a crown-topped heart for loyalty – was a popular choice for betrothal ring. Today, the design is recognized as an Irish tradition, and often given between couples with Irish ancestry.
Since the 1600s, Mokume Gane has been celebrated as an intricate Japanese metalworking art, originally inspired the ancient art of Damascus steel sword making. With Mokume Gane, wondrous, nature-inspired decorative patterns were hand-hammered to craft the handles and sheaths of katanas. Mokume Gane blades were a reflection and symbol of status in feudal Japan – specifically in samurai society – and the intricacies of each piece were intended to impress. Today, Mokume Gane is most often showcased in jewelry pieces.
Find out how your hand crafted jewelry goes toward building a better future for children like this little girl. Yes! We can make a difference! Your ring could change a life for the better. When you choose a wedding ring or an engagement ring from Jaume Labro’s studio, you’re not just getting something that’s uniquely beautiful to wear and to look at. You’re also making a difference to those less fortunate than you.
Our diamonds don’t contribute to human misery. Your hand crafted jewelry doesn’t finance wars. When you buy a diamond, you want to know that its origins are as pure as the love it symbolizes. You want to feel that your purchase has done some good rather than that it has funded or motivated harm.
You’ve decided that she’s The One, and you’re getting yourself geared up to pop the question. Ideally, you should have an engagement ring handy to tell her that yes, you really mean it, but how can you be sure you’re choosing a ring she’ll love and be proud to wear every single day for the rest of her life?