Engagement Rings: A Tradition
A man gives an engagement ring to his intended as a token of his love and commitment that usually leads to marriage. It is an enduring tradition even though an engagement is not legally binding like a marriage. This moment can sometimes present an opportunity for the two families to meet and for the couple to announce the wedding date if it is known. This is also the moment when the man offers THE RING to his bride.
The origins of the engagement ring stretch back to the ancient Egyptians, who already wore it on their left ring fingers. It was believed that this finger held a vein that ran directly to the heart. By putting a ring on this finger, we signify that our heart belongs to the one who gave us the ring. At that time the rings were made of steel, a metal symbolizing strength and eternity.