When it comes to jewellery, few pieces hold as much significance as the engagement ring and the wedding ring. Here at Diamond Boulevard on the beautiful Gold Coast, we’ve been crafting these symbols of love for over thirty years. With our diamond experts John & Patti leading the charge, we can design anything your heart desires. But what’s the real difference between these two rings? Let’s dive into the glittering world of tradition and modern flair.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The History of Wedding Bands and Engagement Rings

The tradition of giving an engagement ring dates back to ancient Rome, where the bride-to-be would receive a ring to signify a commitment of future marriage. However, the diamond engagement ring as we know it became popular in the late 15th century when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring. This set the trend for diamond engagement rings among European aristocracy.

Wedding rings, on the other hand, have an even older history. They date back to ancient Egypt, where couples exchanged rings made from reeds and hemp as a symbol of eternal love. The circle, with no beginning or end, represented eternity, and the space in the middle symbolized a gateway to the future.

The Sparkling Distinction

Engagement Rings: The Promise of Forever

An engagement ring is traditionally given at the time of the proposal. It’s usually more elaborate, featuring a stunning center diamond or gemstone that grabs attention and symbolises the unique love story of the couple. The engagement ring is often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, believed by the ancient Egyptians to contain the “vena amoris” or “vein of love,” which is said to connect directly to the heart.

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Wedding Rings: The Commitment of a Lifetime

Wedding rings are exchanged during the wedding ceremony and are typically simpler in design compared to engagement rings. They symbolise the official bond of marriage and are worn alongside the engagement ring on the same finger. The tradition is to have the wedding ring placed closest to the heart, with the engagement ring above it.

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Modern Twists on Tradition

While many still cherish these timeless traditions, modern couples are not afraid to mix things up. Some women choose to wear their wedding ring on their right hand and keep their engagement ring on their left. This can be for practical reasons, like comfort or to show off the engagement ring more prominently.

Others opt for matching engagement and wedding ring sets that fit together seamlessly. These can be custom-designed (a specialty of ours at Diamond Boulevard) to reflect personal style and ensure a perfect fit.

Honoring Tradition

Despite the modern twists, many couples still hold the traditional practices dear. Exchanging rings in a ceremony and wearing them as symbols of love and commitment remain deeply meaningful. The ring exchange is a beautiful ritual that many love to honor, showcasing a blend of historical significance and personal promise.

Why Choose Diamond Boulevard?

At Diamond Boulevard, we understand the importance of these rings. With over three decades of experience, our expert team, led by John & Patti, can create custom diamond jewellery that perfectly represents your love story. Whether you want a classic solitaire engagement ring, a vintage-inspired wedding band, or a modern set that breaks away from tradition, we’ve got you covered.

So, whether you’re a traditionalist or a trendsetter, your rings should reflect your unique journey. Visit us on the Gold Coast and let us help you find or create the perfect symbols of your eternal love.