The history of diamond engagement rings dates back 536 years.
In 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy after receiving the following direction from a trusted advisor. "At the betrothal your grace must have a ring set with a diamond ..."
The custom of wearing a betrothal ring on the third finger of the left hand likely began in ancient Egypt because it was believed that the vein of love ran from the ring finger directly to the heart.
Diamonds were named after the Greek word "adamas" which means "unconquerable". Because of their natural durability, diamonds came to symbolize courage and invincibility. The diamond, the most enduring and hardest natural substance known to man, became the symbol of the eternal love a couple would have for one another.
As you have read, a diamond engagement ring has had years to become an essential part of representing eternal love. For something this important to commemorate a lifetime together, do you really want to go to the ready-made store for a mass produced ring. Our specialty is creating custom jewelry from your heart.
At Richard Dolgin Pivate Jeweler, each engagement ring is designed for your individual taste and lifestyle. Using our years of experience, along with your ideas, we can create a one and only piece of art that will truly represent your love.