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NIELSEN'S JEWELERS - Jan NielsenAn engagement ring and a wedding band are beautiful, experessive accessories, but they're also symbols with rich tradition and meaning. Why give her two rings? The engagement ring is a promise of marriage, the second solidifies the promise. Here is some fun history on wedding rings.

The beginning of the Diamond Engagement ring dates back to 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility.

The tradition of wearing a wedding band has been traced as far back as ancient Egypt, about 4800 years ago, where wearing a circle with no beginning and no end symbolized the infinite nature of love. The tradition was later expanded upon by placing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand, which was known as the "vena amoris" or the "vein of love." After exchanging vows, placing the ring on the vein that ran directly to the heart physically represented two hearts connecting.

With so many choices in metals for men's bands today, it's easy to find one for every lifestyle! The trend for men to wear a wedding band didn't really start until World War II. Wearing them reminded men of their wives back home.

Ultimately, the decision on wearing wedding rings is up to you—as is the choice of design and materials! Pick from our vast array of metals, from traditional gold, to popular tantalum or beautiful rose gold. We also love to see customers add their own personal touches, whether it's a meaningful stone or engraved message! Happy shopping!

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