12 Fun Facts About Engagement Rings

Did you know that 20 percent of brides pay for their own engagement rings?


Find out more fun facts about engagement rings below!

1. Anthropologists believe the tradition of a man giving his prospective bride an engagement ring  originated from a Roman custom where wives wore rings attached to small keys, which symbolized their husbands’ ownership.

2. The very first engagement ring on record was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477.

3. Engagement rings were worn on the left hand ring finger because ancient Egyptians believed that finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart.

4. In 1880, Cecil Rhodes founded the DeBeers Mining Company. Within the decade, the company controlled 90 percent of the world’s diamond production.

5. According to a report by Jewelers of America, couples spent an average of $4,000 on an engagement ring in 2012.

6. Up until the 1930s in the US, a woman could sue for damages if her fiancé broke their engagement.

7. December is the most popular month for purchasing engagement rings, with approximately 15% of couples getting engaged during the holiday season.

8. Up to 60 percent of brides are involved in choosing their ring. Three percent choose it themselves.

9. Approximately 28 percent of women turn down a proposal if they didn’t like the ring.

10. Paris Hilton was the recipient of one of the world’s most expensive engagement rings. Her ex-fiancé, also named Paris, gave her a 24-carat ring that was worth an estimated $4.7 million.

11. The average length of engagements is 14.7 months.

12. Some men also wear engagement rings. Roughly 29 percent of men would wear an engagement ring.

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