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Dec 3, 201810:53 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

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How diamonds became the most popular engagement ring choice

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? While we were sure the trend of diamond engagement rings started before Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” performance, we wanted to find out just the real reason behind the tradition.

According to the American Gem Society (AGS), Archduke Maximillian of Austria was behind the first on record diamond engagement ring in 1477, which was for his intended, Mary of Burgundy and, according to AGS, ignited a trend among the European aristocracy.

The Victorian era, however, brought different gemstones into the mix, offering a new design they termed “posey rings” because of the flower shape.

Engagement rings really gained stride in the ‘40s when De Beers Jewelers coined the phrase “A Diamond is Forever.” This simple slogan brought a whole new meaning to the diamond engagement ring. The idea that a diamond lasted forever conveyed the message that a marriage was going to last forever.

Though Archduke Maximillian is credited, it seems as if Marilyn wasn’t too far off. She and De Beers could be credited with cementing the diamonds place in wedding engagement ring history.

 

 

 

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Let Them Eat Cake

The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.

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