I remember the day that my now husband got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. In his hand was a beautiful sparkeling diamond ring. Years later we are still happily married, and I am happily officiating weddings for loving couples.
Every ceremony started with an engagement but not necessarily an engagement ring. I began to wonder how this tradition of presenting a prospective bride with a diamond ring emerged. I did a little research and discovered that historically a Roman custom required married women to wear rings attached to small keys. Anthropologists believe this tradition gave ownership rights of wives to husbands.
Today Diamond engagement rings no longer signify human possession, instead when worn by the prospective bride a ring represents an outward expression of commitment, love and intended marriage.