History of the engagement ring

    The tradition of wearing an engagement ring symbolises the promise of a future together, which is sealed with the giving and accepting of a ring.

    Engagement rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand. This is because the vein in this finger, called the Vena Amoris or Vein of Love, was once believed to run directly to the heart, which is closely associated with love.

    The first recorded recipient of an engagement ring was Mary of Burgundy in 1477, from the Archduke, Maximilian of Austria.