While jewelry can instantly elevate any ensemble, it isn’t just a pretty accessory to add to an outfit. Throughout the centuries, adornment in precious metals and stones has had deep spiritual meaning. Jewelry is symbolic, superstitious and sentimental. In ancient Egypt, amulets were worn as bracelets, necklaces and rings to ward off evil spirits and were said to have magical powers. In Catholicism, one might wear a crucifix pendant on a gold necklace to symbolize their unwavering faith and remind the wearer of Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity. Or so they say. There’s your history lesson for the day.
Over the years, jewelry has acquired so many myths and customs, and we find ourselves participating in even the silliest of traditions without knowing whether or not it even makes a difference. Can you actually get married without”gasp”a diamond engagement ring? Talk about blasphemy! Here are five jewelry myths that may or may not be true”you be the judge!
A diamond is forever
Ever wonder how the solitaire diamond engagement ring came to be? Well, it was actually an extremely strategic ad campaign created by De Beers in the 1940s. Since then, the diamond has become the seemingly only way to make an engagement legit, but it’s all just a marketing ploy. In fact, some of the most beautiful marriages were held together by out-of-the-ordinary engagement rings. Our personal fave is Queen Elizabeth’s emerald snake engagement ring she was proposed to by Prince Albert. Jumpstart your own out-of-the-box diamond collection with this Gabriela Artigas Double Diamond White Gold Ring ($395).