Mary of Burgundy

Mary of Burgundy

While diamonds and engagement rings both played separate parts in different traditions and cultures, it was not until 1477 that both paths intertwined. ⁠

After deliberating which suitor she'd pick as a husband, in 1477 Mary of Burgundy accepted the Archduke Maximillian of Austria's proposal. He proposed with the first ever diamond engagement ring on record, which he had commissioned. This started a trend amongst nobility and aristocrats to follow suit. ⁠

More than half of a millennium later, this tradition still remains strong.⁠