As we all know, diamonds are forever. It’s not just a slogan. Diamonds truly are extraordinarily durable and will therefore remain in tact for a very, very long time. Furthermore, these remarkable stones have remained fashionable for centuries. The one thing that has been known to change is the setting styles. Jewelry settings, particularly diamond ring settings, have been modified greatly over the years from the type of metal used to the style that is utilized. Let us take a look at the various diamond ring settings that we have seen throughout history, how they have changed, and what has remained the same.
Earliest Diamond Jewelry
The first diamond (reported that we all know about) was discovered in India 3,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 11th century when diamonds were first used to adorn objects. Diamonds were first used as “jewels” when they were placed on a Hungarian queen’s crown as decorations. It wasn’t until 1477 that diamond rings were used as engagement rings. Mary of Burgundy supposedly received the first engagement ring from the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, which is what started the tradition of proposing marriage with a diamond ring.
Diamond Rings During Medieval Times
During Medieval Europe, the jewelry that people wore signified their status. Aristocrats wore precious metals and stones whereas common people wore copper and pewter. Back then, gems were polished and not cut. All gemstones were imported, and rubies and emeralds were preferred to diamonds. Gemstones were often engraved.
Renaissance Diamond Rings
Up until the Renaissance period, diamonds were not used too often to adorn jewelry because their colorlessness was looked down upon. Through the Renaissance years, diamonds became more popular, especially with the introduction of faceted diamonds.