So who invented the engagement ring? I have always wondered myself. It is now expected in most relationships to cement the betrothal.

Rings have been a sign of betrothal since ancient times.  The Egyptians used the ring band in betrothal as the circle was a revered symbol of life and continuity. The Romans would give rings as a sign of affection and friendship.

But, according to history, it was Pope Innocent III who decreed in 1215 that a waiting period between the promise of marriage and the actual ceremony was mandatory.  During the betrothal period, the rings then became a symbol of promise. The engagement rings we know today in western civilization are due to a campaign by De Beers in the 1940's. Prior to then any precious stone might have been used in the proposal. Today, ladies are looking for the bling bling.

If you're getting ready to pop the question, learn what your partner wants to flaunt. The four C's are what make the diamond. To learn about the 4 C's from a Local Expert Jeweler, click here.