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6 February 2010

The Engagement Ring

It is a long held tradition that a man gives his future wife an engagement ring as a sign of his love and commitment. It is a very brave man who selects and presents his intended with a ring on her acceptance of his proposal. Will she like it? Will she want to exchange it even?
Today's modern woman is not afraid to let her feelings on this important matter show.
A wise man will choose to go ring shopping together, with the budget firmly agreed beforehand. The traditional single diamond, that is large enough to see, may be beyond some pockets, so some couples prefer to choose a meaningful alternative that can be upgraded as finances allow.
There are some truly beautiful birthstone rings available that any future bride would be happy to wear.
In 1870 Tiffany & Co published a selection of poems by an 'unknown' author. They list various birthstones and the particular qualities they symbolise.

By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

She who from April dates her years,
diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Who first beholds the light of day
In springs sweet, flower month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

By her who in June was born
No gem save pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.



The gleaming ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety.

Wear a peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
it is said, must live unloved; alone.

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November's fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do

 







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