History of Engagement Rings
Although the ancient Egyptians are sometimes credited with having invented the engagement ring, and the ancient Greeks with having adopted the tradition, the history of the engagement ring can only be reliably traced as far back as ancient Rome. A Roman bride-to-be was given two rings, a gold one which she wore in public, and one made of iron which she wore at home while attending to household duties.
In many countries, engagement rings are placed on the ring finger of the left hand. At one time it was believed that this finger contained a vein that led to the heart.
Modern engagement rings are used as a token of commitment around the world.