History of the Diamond Engagement Ring

A diamond ring has become the ultimate expression of a promise – a universally recognized symbol of unbreakable love.

The word diamond stems from the ancient Greek word ‘adámas’, which means ‘unbreakable’. This beautiful gemstone is one of the hardest natural materials known to man, resistant to fire and stronger than steel – so it is fitting that diamond rings have become synonymous with everlasting love and commitment.

A ring made of silver, and later of gold, has been a symbol of betrothal since Roman times, and possibly even as far back as Egyptian times. But it was not until 1477 that the gifting of a diamond ring to seal an engagement was first recorded. When Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, he established a tradition that would define enduring love for hundreds of years to come.

Diamond engagement rings gained in popularity in the 19th century, a time of great wealth, when diamonds became more widely available. New cutting and polishing techniques allowed diamonds to sparkle with a fresh brilliance in solitaire engagement rings. In the 20th century, the tradition became firmly established. By the 1940s, diamond engagement rings had become the most popular line of jewelry in department stores; by 1965, 80 percent of American women had one.

It is a tradition that endures today, with couples around the world choosing to celebrate their promise to each other with a diamond engagement ring. And with new innovations, including Forevermark’s signature setting, which is designed to show off the full beauty of the unbreakable diamond at its heart, it is a tradition that shines brighter than ever.

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Did you know that Marisa Perry Atelier is now an exclusive site holder for Forevermark diamonds? All of our diamond jewelry can now be set with stones bearing the Forevermark promise. Click here to read more about the Forevermark Promise: The Promise

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* this article was sourced from the Forevermark website

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Welcome to Everyday Romantic, the Marisa Perry Atelier blog!  We hope you enjoy having a place to peek into our wonderful world of diamonds, romance, & NYC adventures.  Originally inspired by Marisa Perry’s favorite quote, “live for and by the special” {Bell Book and Candle}, this blog was created to celebrate and savor the special things in life. We believe in being hopeful romantics and infusing every day with romance.

Since we work at a boutique that specializes in diamond engagement rings, our daily work life feeds our inner romantic, but shouldn’t everyone get their dose of romance, too?  We think so!  Whether it’s creating a delicious dinner date in, finding the sweetest anniversary gift or planning the perfect proposal, this is the place to find our thoughts on all things romantic.  We might post something as big as Marisa’s plan for memorable moments in Paris or something as simple as how to create a romantic atmosphere at home.

The MP team is so excited to embark on this new blogging journey.  We’re looking forward to sharing our thoughts and tips, as well as the hilarious happenings of this place we call home. Are you ready for yummy recipe posts, delicious diamond photos, and an abundance of romance and revelry? We hope this site is fun while being a resource for you. Feel free and encouraged to communicate with us through the comment section below.  We’re excited to get to know you, as you get to know us!

Much love – Alexandria & the MP team