Engagement Ring Facts
1. White Gold and Platinum are the most common metals used for engagement rings. Palladium is becoming more popular, as is Titanium.
2. The most popular diamond shape is the round brilliant cut, closely followed by princess cut.
3. December is the most popular month for engagements. Christmas tops the list for proposals, followed by Valentines and New Year.
4. The average engagement ring used to cost around 2 month’s salary. Nowadays, an average of 3 week’s wages is spent.
5. 38% of people tell their partner what they have spent on the ring while an amazing 3% admit that they exaggerated the real price to their partner.
6. Up to 60% of brides get involved in the process of purchasing an engagement ring, often designing a custom piece. Less than 50% said their rings were exactly what they wanted!
7. Engagement rings are traditionally worn on the left hand following the old tradition that a vein in the fourth finger of the hand, the vena amoris or vein of love, runs directly to the heart. Engagement rings are worn on the left hand in England, USA, France, Canada, Australia and NZ, with countries such as Germany and India wearing the ring on their right hand. In the Hindu tradition, women are given toe rings as a symbol of marriage, called bichiya.
8. Around 70% of grooms-to-be still ask the parents for the bride’s hand in marriage.
9. Around 60% of proposals take place in private, with close to 80% of grooms saying “Will You” on bended knee.
10. It is thought that engagement rings first came from the caveman, who tied cords made of braided grass around his chosen mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist. The modern engagement ring was introduced in the 1400’s by Archduke Maximillian of Austria who gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring set with a diamond as a token of his love.