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From the first declaration of love to the wedding ring: how to give a jewelry for engagement

Each love story is unique, and it should be marked with a unique decoration, not like everyone else. Choose your own. Ornaments have always been not just a combination of stones and metals, but were endowed with an additional meaning. They could be an amulet of a warrior and a symbol of power, a religious attribute or a secret message. Among such symbols were those used in a single country or region (like a jade circle with a hole in the middle in China) or became in time a multicultural, such a jeweler's Esperanto (as a symbol of a red rose or heart, speaking in any language about love).

The heyday of jewelry-symbols happened in Victorian times. Sentimental ornaments were then given for different meaningful occasions, they symbolized friendship, love, sadness, secret messages were composed of stones (they were read by the first letter in the name of the stone).

Jewelry-symbols exist today. After all, if you give a jewelry for engagement, then it must be truly unique, not like everyone else.  

Language of flowers

When relationships are only tied, sympathy only arises, the heart, or even more, the diamond ring will be prematurely gifted. And then come to the rescue flowers. Say it with flowers, as the popular expression says. Flowers-symbols were known even in ancient Greece, popular in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and early Baroque times.

In jewelry fashion, decorations with secret messages from flowers were at the peak of their popularity in England in 1830-1850-ies, in the US fashion lasted even longer - until the 1880s.

The language of flowers is diverse and can express different feelings: acacia - secret love, sunflower - adoration, red tulip - the first declaration of love, and lily - purity and innocence, which can be a recognition of the purity of the senses.

Collection Macri Giglio

The main symbol of the new collection in the line of Macri was a stylized lily - a symbol of sublime love even among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Macri Giglio decorations have been created in the technique of open bracing of stones (in the metal the holes for diamonds are made, which makes the decoration more light and allows the light to pass unhindered through the stone, and the brilliant itself to shine and sparkle all its faces as much as possible). The surface of the metal is manually engraved in the Buccellati workshops in the firm technique rigato ("decoupled").

A heart

To explain what the heart-shaped decoration means today is completely unnecessary - it is the universal symbol of love, the most popular among the gifts purchased by February 14 (the engagement ring can compete with it). Precious hearts, it would seem, have always been - and confirmation can be found among the ornaments created thousands of years ago, such as the bronze ring found in Karabakh, created about 3000 years ago.

Nevertheless, the symbolism of the heart was not always so unambiguous. Thus, precious hearts became popular in Europe in the 15th century and were often called "The Heart of a Witch", such a heart was not always a symbol of love, but was more often used as a precious amulet, often a protective talisman for a young mother. In Scotland, precious hearts even pinned to the newborn's crib to protect it in a dream.

The heart of the main symbol of romantic love was found in the 18th century. And it retains it to this day. The Hearts Collection

The original interpretation of the heart, always created by hand using branded engraving techniques, is found in the collections of Icona, Macri, Ghirlanda, Ramage and Rombi. Elegant lace hearts are engraved by hand, which means that two completely identical can not be found. Everyone is unique.  

Engagement ring

Decoration, denoting the most serious intentions and inviolability of love ties (of course, if the gift is accepted and the answer to "Will you marry me?" Becomes: "Yes!"). Nowadays, we rarely present anything other than a ring of gold or platinum with a diamond, visualizing the engagement ring. Nevertheless, it was not always so. The symbols of indestructible bonds in antiquity were rings with interwoven handles, inscriptions, even animals and birds. In the Middle Ages, monarchs began to exchange rings with a large precious stone for a wedding, but the fashion to present such a ring, and especially with a diamond, is young enough: it appeared only towards the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century (not without the participation of the great diamond mining De Beers company, It is worth noting).

But after the appearance of fashion, the diamond superseded all competitors: rarely anyone makes an offer with a sapphire, ruby ​​or emerald, and even more so with stones outside the "big four". Design rings are often simplified to the maximum: the central diamond, raised above the design of a simple ring rim. Let the performance be and ideally, often such rings are similar to each other and deprived ofIndividuality.

Alternatives can be rings with diamonds of unusual design: with the original method of bracing, the motif framing the central stone, or - the texture and pattern of gold itself. After all, the girl should say "yes" not only to the man, but also to the ring, which she will have to wear every day and in an ideal world - the whole happy life.

Collection Romanza

At the heart of the engagement rings coined by Andrea Buccellati and his daughter Lucretia, the branded engraving of metal, the traditions of hand craftsmanship, preserved in Italy since the Renaissance. In this case, the rings look very modern - the idea of ​​the collection came to Buccellati during a trip to New York, and urban architecture, sky-high skyscrapers and Art Deco signs were reflected in the design of jewelry. The name of each ring came from myths, legends and literary works - there are also "Lancelot", and "Beatrice" Dante, and "Titania" from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

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