Legend of the Engagement Ring

 

 

 

First engagement ring - 1.51ct princess cut di...
 

My mother received this card upon becoming engaged to Dad in the early 1960's- No inscription by sender so I believe it must have contained a letter at one time.

My mother received this card upon becoming engaged to Dad in the early 1960’s-
No inscription by sender so I believe it must have contained a letter at one time.

 

Recently, CJ’s mother handed her a bundle of cards she’d been keeping…apparently her mother had been going through her archive of stuff saved and wanted CJ to have them.

 

Among the items was an especially old Hallmark card.

 

A card made by Hallmark which celebrates engagement announcement; circa 1962

A card made by Hallmark which celebrates engagement announcement;
circa 1962

 

 

 

 

CJ wanted to share this piece of the long-ago past with you today. June is a popular wedding month, so it seemed appropriate.

 

We hope that you are charmed by the legend behind the custom of giving the engagement ring.

 

We found it intriguing and very romantic, too.

 

 

 

 

 

Pharaoh, the king of ancient Egypt, is often d...

Pharaoh, the king of ancient Egypt, is often depicted wearing the nemes headdress and an ornate kilt. Based on New Kingdom tomb paintings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Statue of pharaoh Amenhotep II of the...

English: Statue of pharaoh Amenhotep II of the 18th dynasty of Egypt  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Legend of the Engagement Ring

 

Long ago, in ancient Egypt, a Pharaoh fell in love with a beautiful young princess. Because of her youth, the princess’s father refused consent to their marriage. The Pharaoh, being a wise man, desired to have the father’s blessing, and so agreed to wait until the princess was of age. His love for her grew daily and he longed for some way to show his devotion to her while he was waiting for their marriage.

 

So he called in the royal jewelers and told them to search the land for the most precious stone in existence. The Pharaoh had the stone mounted on a ring of gold and took it to his loved one. As he slipped the ring on her finger, he told her, “Until I can place a wedding band on your finger and claim you for my bride, wear this ring as a reminder of my devotion. Just as the gem is priceless, so is my love for you.”

 

And down through the ages, the engagement ring has served as a pledge of true love and as a symbol to the rest of the world that two people have chosen to spend their lives together.

 

From the writings of Amenophis II- 7th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt

 

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For a little bit of fun, we are including some links relevant to the topic:

 

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/07/01/the-ultimate-guide-to-buying-the-perfect-engagement-ring/

 

 

 

http://famous101.com/famous-engagement-rings-in-history

 

 

 

 

http://engagementrings.lovetoknow.com/engagement-rings-slideshows/antique-style-diamond-rings

 

 

 

Alas, all of this ring stuff makes for a rather sad realization …CJ married once, to the wrong guy, really didn’t have a ring set such as she really deserved…but then again, she didn’t have the kind of husband such as she deserved…touché!

 

She fully claims ownership of her choice to make that mistake…it was her own fault that she settled on less than she deserved.caketop

 

 

 

Sometimes she thinks about the mistake she made in that choice. On rare days, with an occasion befitting some finery that she wishes she had, she vows to herself that she will indeed go to her grave with a nice bauble on her hand, even if it kills her, come hell or high water.

 

She thinks it is a joy she should experience once…a joy of having something exquisite and expensive (a material possession) which can, even for just a moment or two, make her feel as special and precious as it is…a confirmation that she is worthy and deserving of such an experience.

 

Silly, huh?English: Diamond Engagement Ring with side sto...

 

All girls dream of getting to be a Princess, right?

 

 

 

grief

Grieving Poor Choices Made

 

 

But she realizes that it’s just a “thing” and she’s truly not been a “thing” kind of girl, ever.

 

Besides, there’s little chance she’ll be a Princess, in this life…but she doesn’t rule it out entirely,  in case should there be a next life.

 

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

 

 

 

10 Responses to “Legend of the Engagement Ring”

  1. I must admit that even my ‘wrong fella’ gave me a nice ring. I don’t own it any longer and gave it to my son to give to his wife. I currently wear the engagement ring given to my mother by my father (they divorced when I was 12), three of my grandmother’s rings, my great grandmother’s wedding ring and three rings given to me by the Garden Gnome (none of which are really expensive – and that includes my engagement ring) but every ring I wear means the world to me.
    I liked this story CJ and wish you luck on your quest for a ring worthy of a princess.

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  2. Personally I think Amenophis II had a jewellery business on the side and created this custom when business was slow.
    I can’t understand why you’ve not had a nice engagement ring, even with the wrong fella he could have put his hand in his pocket for a sweetie like you. Perhaps the current man in your life will take the hint. My fingers are crossed for you since it’s not just a thing, it’s a sign of emotion and devotion.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • You’re such a nice man. The man I have is very good to me; he has had 4 failed marriages, yet he and I have managed to see 17 years together. That’s longer than a few of those marriages COMBINED! Truthfully, that fact in itself created apprehension in me when he did suggest marriage, years ago. I was the one who wasn’t sure; it never came up again.

      It’s just how I managed to time things, I suppose. As it is, I was already born too late when I fell in love with this fellow but I have no regrets here, none. I know I am a princess in his heart and that is worth more than all the richest luxuries money could hope to buy. Truly. xxxxCJxxxx

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