Wearing an engagement ring dates back to our early history and has roots from across the world. According to various folklore stories and history from around the world, there have commonly been deep symbolic meanings and mystical qualities involved with engagement rings in past cultures.
The ancient Egyptians were one of the first cultures known to have used the engagement ring as a symbol of the union between lovers. For them, the circular band symbolised both passage to the man’s heart and eternal love. While the wealthy used silver or gold, the common people used braided plant materials as an engagement ring.
The ancient Romans were another example of an early culture to use engagement rings. The poorer people would propose with iron rings while the richer would use gold. A woman's acceptance of an engagement ring during Roman times was binding under Roman law. It meant that she was officially no longer available to another man.