10 fascinating facts about engagement rings

Dragon Workshop’s professional opinion about why engagement rings are so wonderful.

Whilst engagement rings are of course beautiful to look at, they also have a fascinating history. If you think you know everything there is to know about engagement rings (colour, clarity, cut, etc.) then guess again.

Read our 10 fascinating facts about engagement rings to dazzle you in more ways than one below.

Engagement rings are worn on the left hand side for a reason

Engagement rings are typically worn on the third finger of the left hand, but did you know why? The tradition dates back to the Ancient Egyptians who wore their rings here because they believed this area contained a vein that led straight to the heart.

The most popular time to get engaged is Christmas

Nearly 15% of all engagement rings are bought in December, with many men choosing to pop the question over Christmas and New Year. If you want to break with the norm, opt for a summer engagement instead.

Almost 60% of brides have a say in their engagement ring

So for those of you who are feigning surprise, you may be telling a little white lie. Whether you have dropped hints, shared a Pinterest board or were actually present when the ring was bought, it’s likely you’ve had some input into the ring choice.

The most popular ring type is a round brilliant cut

This ring cut has plenty of sparkle, so if you’re looking to choose something special, you know you’ve made a safe choice with this ring.

Whilst rings have often been given as gifts, they didn’t become an engagement tradition until 1477. This was when the Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold and diamond ring to show his love.

In Germany, India, and Russia, engagement rings are traditionally worn on the right hand

This is different to the UK, the US, and France where the tradition is to wear the engagement ring on the left hand.

If you shine an ultraviolet light through a diamond, it’ll glow in the dark

It may only be for a few seconds, but if you want to check if your ring is real, this is a good test.

Tradition always stated that a man should spend three months’ salary on an engagement ring

The typical amount is now three weeks, but it can still take a man three months to find the ideal ring!

Roman men gave engagement rings with a key

This represented the women being responsible for protecting his heart, and is a romantic idea to give today when you propose.

Nordic tradition saw both men and women exchanging engagement rings
This has grown in popularity in the modern era as more women propose to men!

And there we have it! Who knew there was so much to know about engagement rings!