Who gets to wear an engagement ring and why? The tradition of engagement rings boasts a history spanning thousands of years, evolving continuously with the times. Up until the 20th century, it was common for women only to wear an engagement ring. Today, engagement rings are more than symbols of betrothal, they are statements of individuality and style, embodying a new kind of handcrafted luxury that Valquère takes pride in crafting.


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Engagement Rings in History

In antiquity, notably among ancient Romans and Greeks, the future bride was adorned with an engagement ring before the wedding. This iron ring symbolized the receipt of the dowry by the groom, lacking the romantic significance that today's diamond engagement rings carry.

The Modern Engagement Ring Scene

The advent of the 20th century revolutionized engagement ring traditions. Rings became simpler and were worn by both partners, often doubling as wedding rings. The shift was largely influenced by the economic turmoil of the time.

It was, however, after the Second World War that marketing campaigns, spearheaded by the iconic diamond company, De Beers, globally popularized the diamond engagement ring as a quintessential symbol of betrothal and love.

A New Kind of Luxury

In recent years, traditions have been reimagined. Engagement rings today exemplify a new form of luxury – they are statements of personal style and commitment, much like the exquisite, lab-grown diamonds at Valquère. Engagement rings for both partners, engagement necklaces, or bracelets, the choices have diversified reflecting individuality and personal tastes.

Free choice characterizes today's engagement ring culture. Whether it's a diamond ring for her, diamond rings for both, or engagement rings that serve as wedding rings, the crucial factor is personal satisfaction.

At Valquère, we passionately carry forward this tradition of personal choice by offering a curated collection of high-quality, handcrafted jewellery from Antwerp. Our team of experts stands by to help in the journey of selecting your perfect engagement ring, offering personalised service to each client.

Remember, it's not just about who wears the engagement ring and why. It's about the statement made. Would you like our experts to advise you on the selection of your engagement ring? The Valquère team is looking forward to hearing from you.
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