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The first people to wear wedding rings were the Pharaohs of Egypt, who believed that the "circle" was a symbol of eternal love. The wedding ring is also said to symbolise perfection, perfect unity with no beginning and no end, holiness, peace, sun, earth, and universe.
In 1549, King Edward VI of England decided that the third finger of the left hand was to be the ring finger. He believed that this finger had a special vein called the "vena amoris", or the "vein of love", which ran directly to the wearer's heart.

It was not until the 13th century, however, that engagement rings existed. That was when Pope Innocent III declared that there should be a waiting period between the engagement and the wedding ceremony. Hence, he decided that there should be both an engagement ring and a wedding ring. However, it was not until the 15th century that the engagement ring was set with a diamond. The first recorded diamond engagement ring was given by Arch Duke Maximilian of Austria I to his fiancée Mary of Burgundy in 1477.
If your fiancé did not give you an engagement ring when he proposed because he thought it would be better if you got to choose one yourself, read How to Choose an Engagement Ring before going shopping.

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