If you are looking for the best place to create your unique diamond engagement ring, then look no further. We have been creating custom designed jewelry in Austin for 20 years. At Villarreal Fine Jewelers our passion is creating unique jewelry customized to your specifications. With our passion for jewelry artistry, you can be confident that the perfect diamond engagement ring will be designed to exactly fit your personal style. A custom designed engagement ring becomes a treasured heirloom that will be enjoyed and admired for generations to come. Please browse through our gallery of diamond engagement rings, wedding rings and other special occasion jewelry. Our custom designed engagement rings are some of the most special pieces we create. We look forward to welcoming you at our private showroom to sample our award-winning service and to create your new engagement ring or other special jewelry design.

History of The Diamond Engagement Ring

Since ancient times diamonds have been known to symbolize definitive love and commitment for one another. Did you know that the tradition of giving an engagement ring came from ancient Egyptian civilization? Engagement rings back then were known to be made from various natural or organic materials such as a cannabis plant. The fiber from the stem of the plant was extracted and used to make such items as rope, stout fabrics, fiber board and yes you guessed it – rings. Crude as it may be, the continuous round and circular shape of the ring was symbolic of the circle of life and the special bond that is developed between loved ones.

Soon after, rings made of metal replaced the organic variety materials. It was the early Romans that used such metals as brass, lead and copper. Ultimately precious gold became the desired metal of choice because of its malleable properties and beauty.

In 1477 Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor 1486-1519 gave his fiancé, Mary of Burgundy, a diamond ring as a gift for their engagement. The attraction of diamonds took hold and sparked a trend among royalty, people of wealth and celebrities. During that time, diamonds were exceptionally rare and very costly, and for the next few centuries the giving of diamond engagement rings was limited to only the wealthiest and noblest of families.

Marriage between Mary of Burgundy and Maximilian I of Austria 1493-1519. Mary of Burgundy received a letter by Maximilian I of Austria with an engagement ring.

However, in the eighteenth century, the discovery of diamond deposits in South America caused the price of diamonds to go down significantly. None the less, diamonds were still out of reach for most. It wasn’t until 1867 that the discovery of diamonds in South Africa became more available to the masses. During the industrial age, the discovery of diamonds in South Africa led to the Kimberley Diamond Rush. This then created a vast demand and subsequently more supply of diamond engagement rings and a new industry was born.

Kimberley Mine, South Africa, 1872 – Courtesy of DeBeersgroup.com

Now giving a diamond engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of love. It is a tradition widely regarded as an integral part of the commitment of marriage.  The diamond engagement ring symbolizes a commitment to a lifetime of promised love for both men and women. It is quite possibly the most meaningful gift a man will ever give, and that a woman will ever receive.