Around the world, across cultures and continents, people dream of the day when the one they love asks them to spend the rest of their lives hand in hand with them… And, of course, of the very special ring that that hand will wear as a symbol of that promise and of that love. Although engagement rings may seem a modern tradition, we actually have the ancient Egyptians to thank for this special custom. They believed the circle to be a symbol of eternity, and so would braid rings of reed to be exchanged upon their wedding day as symbols of love that would last well in to the after life. The tradition was passed on to the Ancient Romans, whose women were the first to wear rings on their left ring finger, as Roman physicians (incorrectly) believed there was a vein that ran directly from this finger to the heart.
Over hundreds of years, another tradition emerged, the proposal of marriage with a gemstone ring, a tradition that became most popular during Victorian times. From the engagement rings inspired by that of Queen Victoria in the 19th Century to those created by jewelry artists now, many wonderfully romantic styles have come and gone, and technologies in diamond cutting and stone settings have become more and more advanced.
Today, Ken & Dana Design looks to the past for inspirational designs that capture the romance, whimsy, elegance and glamour of the past 200 years, all the while infusing them with a sense of modern sophistication, and creating them with the most innovative, modern techniques available.