The First Diamond Engagement Ring

Many of know the story of the first diamond engagement ring, given to Mary of Burgandy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. What most don’t know is that the ring was actually a gift to her father, Charles the Bold, as commemoration of the union of their two empires. And rather than the solitaire we come to picture, the ring was set with roughly shaped diamond slivers in the shape of the letter “M”, presumably for Mary, Maximilian, and Monarchy.

We’ve come a long way since then, an engagement ring is now a symbol of union of both love and fortune between the actual couple betrothed!

In case you happen to be uniting your two kingdoms, we’d be happy to help you find the perfect ring, solitaire, diamond, or otherwise!

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