Contrary to popular opinion (and hundreds of years of tradition), engagement rings don’t have to be a diamond solitaire. These five rings prove if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, love is in the ring of the betrothed—no matter what stone takes center stage.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. And a mortgage, a job promotion, another baby, a 10th anniversary, and a vacation timeshare. Life is full of milestones small and large. You started off with wedding rings, but how do you commemorate everything else?
In the ancient story of love coming full circle, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring to signify their engagement in 1477.
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.