Today is the 4 yr anniversary of our engagement (yes 4 yrs OMG how did that go so fast?!!?!) And so I was looking at and admiring my engagment ring and band. I love her for so many reasons, not only is she beautiful, but she is so special to me. The diamond is a family heirloom past down from my Mother-in-law, before that her mother, and prior to that her mother's Aunt. And my darling husband, being the artist that he is designed my ring and had a family jeweler make it by hand. Due to it being made my hand you can see the slight variations is the filagree etc, some people might call them imperfections, I call it perfect! And I love that when my husband had the ring made he had it put back to it original setting that it was in, white gold. My mother-in-law is so dear to me and I love that it was passed down from her, and I love that it was her mothers as well, someone that I never met but love. And I so wish I could have met my mother-in-laws mother, who was, from what I hear beyond amazing with whit, charm and beauty. The diamond has been in the family for around 90 year and the ring, simply marvelous designed by my Mi Gran Amor (I know he sounds amazing--sorry ladies he is TAKEN)!!
So thinking of my ring got me to thinking of the reasoning behind rings so of course I Googled it, the most obvious solution - my husband mocks me because I google just about everything. So I learned form Google that the History of engagement rings dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it is said that plant sections were fashioned in to circles to signify never-ending and immortal love. It was thought that the fourth finger ( aka the "ring finger") contained a special vein that was connected directly to the heart, and therefore this became the official finger for the wedding band. How cool is that?! And the Romans, Asians, Europeans, Americans and Greeks all followed suit with the wedding ring, some with slight variations. Interseting facts, the Asian's had puzzle rings that would collapse upon removal and only the husband knew the colde to fit it back together, and early americans in colonial days would would gift their fiance with an engagment thimble and after they were wed the wife would fashion the thimble into a ring.
Why a ring? "The purpose of engagement rings and wedding bands is to convey deep emotions of eternal love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness. In fact, these rings signify eternity - between the giver and the recipient. A ring, of course, is a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on - it is eternal." Just love that, eternal love, eternal happiness!
And here are some engagment shots from 4 yrs ago, WOW we are getting OLD!:
Hope you enjoyed the photo throw backs and brief history lesson, this ones for you Sarah :) (And yes if anyone is wondering that is the church in Palm Beach where Donald Trump was wed to his most recent wife.)