Did You Know? The history of the engagement ring began in 1215, when Pope Innocent III, one of the most powerful popes of the Middle Ages, declared a waiting period between a betrothal and the marriage ceremony. The rings were used to signify the couple’s commitment in the interim. It was around this same time that rings were introduced as a major component of the wedding ceremony. These early rings, often formed from twisted copper or braided hair, as only the elite were permitted to wear ornate rings or rings with jewels.
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