You’ve been dating someone for a few years now, and the time is right. You’re going to pop the question. But first, you need to drop two months’ salary on a band of metal with a shiny hunk of superheated carbon in it. Why? Because everyone else does. It’s an ancient tradition that goes all the way back to the… late 1930s. Yeah, diamond engagement rings have really only been a thing for just under a century. Sure a few existed, but diamonds weren’t considered a necessary part of the engagement ring until relatively recently. So what were engagement rings like before then? And where did the whole tradition start?
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