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Maj August 19th, 2015 4:05am

Timeline Tuesday - Wedding Edition (2/3)! Which was popularized first: The diamond engagement ring, or the honeymoon?

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gonzoboy Arizona
08/22/15 8:05 pm

Well, I don't know how long folks have been practicing the putting of rings on another's finger, but I got a pretty good idea folks have been practicing for the honeymoon for quite a bit longer...

PyroSadist like my comments follow
08/20/15 4:13 pm

If I am not mistaken the honeymoon was actually a very old tradition in where the bride's family provided the couple wine made from honey... Also known as Mead. It was given from the time of the wedding until a certain phase of the moon

PyroSadist like my comments follow
08/20/15 4:13 pm

That is where the word honeymoon came from

Maj Worth Economist
08/20/15 5:06 pm

That's a suggested origin, but it's not backed up by anything, including early usage of the word. 😊

PyroSadist like my comments follow
08/21/15 1:19 pm

Maj it's backed up by legend and fokelore and stories being passed down from generation to generation. If you want to take that view you can do so about anything not witnessed by anyone still alive or backed up with photos or video.

Maj Worth Economist
08/21/15 2:56 pm

But it's not actually used the way you suggest in writings from 500 years ago. So we have people in their own words using the term, versus people who didn't exist 500 years ago saying how people used the term. Guess who I'm gonna believe?

Yoko318 Utah
08/19/15 1:17 am

In Germany they just use a plain gold band. It is placed on the left hand as a symbol of engagement, then moved to the right hand when the couple is married.

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Yoko318 Utah
08/20/15 5:11 pm

I just have a plain tungsten band. The wifey is using her engagement ring (custom white gold design with an aquamarine and two amethysts) until we can get her a wedding band.

truspec Texas
08/18/15 11:27 pm

It had to be honeymoons. Don't get me started on the ridiculousness of the diamond scam

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Maj Worth Economist
08/19/15 12:11 am

Yeah. We got titanium rings before they were cool. Ara kept smashing his engagement rings in doors and things and breaking them. 😱

firefly5 the verse
08/18/15 9:24 pm

Diamonds haven't become popular until recently, right?

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Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 10:38 pm

Yeah. Until the South African discovery of more-diamonds-than-the-world-could-handle in the late 1800s, diamonds were exceedingly rare and mostly the purview of royalty. While they were used on wedding rings prior to the DeBeers campaign...

Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 10:39 pm

...they weren't popular at all.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
08/18/15 9:13 pm

No idea but honeymoon could be thousands of years old, the diamond ring may be a promotional invention by De Beers.

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Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 9:13 pm

“Honeymoon” was originally a term used to remind couples that the time immediately following the wedding may be sweet (honey), but that feeling soon waned like the phases of the moon. The idea of a trip originated in Britain around 1800.

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Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 9:13 pm

During the 1820s, the popularity of the wedding couple taking a tour to see family and friends after the wedding spread to the rest of Europe and was known as an “English-style voyage.” By the late 1800s, it had evolved into what we think of today.

Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 9:13 pm

Rings have been a part of betrothal and wedding arrangements for centuries, but diamond engagement rings have not. Faced with an inventory of worthless diamonds during the Great Depression, DeBeers diamond cartel got a good advertising agency.

Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 9:14 pm

Starting in 1939, DeBeers launched a campaign to educate people to the Four Cs of diamonds. With their slogan “A Diamond is Forever” (1947), and well-placed products in movies and on celebrities, DeBeers had created a new tradition.

rstatesmen2 equally unfair to ALL
08/18/15 10:28 pm

Rings or necklaces have alway been a tradition of marriage. Diamond rings where used before de beers. But most were colored gem stones of value in their local area. Pearls for several 100 years were is as the symbol for marriage. .....

rstatesmen2 equally unfair to ALL
08/18/15 10:33 pm

It stood for the purity of the bride and the purity of the concept of marriage. Did you know that wedding bands for the most part did not exist before WWII. A ring was given for the proposal of marriage. Period. Before WWII band were for .....

rstatesmen2 equally unfair to ALL
08/18/15 10:42 pm

Anniversary 10th or 25th. WWII destroyed the jewelry industry. So to save it jewelry companies & DeBeers started a campaign to have a wedding band. They advertised in women's magazine "wedding band goes closest to the heart", rest is history.😈😎

Maj Worth Economist
08/18/15 10:44 pm

Most rings were metal bands. Roman women had two rings: a gold band for public, but an iron band for around the house. The idea of engagement versus wedding ring has gone back and forth in tradition since the Egyptians.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/18/15 11:55 pm

What a very interesting series thank you