The world is a big place, full of colourful cultures that celebrate love in myriad of different ways. From rings to necklaces and wooden spoons, check out our list of three diverse tokens of affection that people from different parts of the planet give to their loved ones.
The first evidence of a diamond engagement ring dates all the way back to around the 15th century, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented one to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy. For the next few hundred years, diamonds were too expensive to be accessible to everyday people. It wasn’t until the De Beers Company began work in newly discovered diamond mines in South Africa that the popularity of the shiny gem began to skyrocket, particularly in the years that followed the Great Depression.
The rest, as they say, is history. Today, a diamond ring is the number one choice for people who want to spend their life with their loved one. Here at Showcase Jewellers, we’re proud to offer an extensive range of stunning engagement rings that are sure to amaze your partner.
It’s a world away from the glimmering shine of a diamond ring, but love spoons were once a lovely and sentimental way to show your partner how much they meant to you. Centuries ago in Wales, young men would spend extraordinary amounts of time meticulously carving a spoon from a single piece of wood to give to their loved one. These Welsh lads were probably not the greatest communicators, so they would express their emotions through the intricate designs of the spoons.
Overflowing with meaning, the love spoons were packed with motifs such as hearts, anchors and Celtic knots. What would you say if your partner got down on one knee and gave you a spoon?
In Hindu culture, on the day of her wedding a woman is presented with a mangalsutra – a sacred necklace – which is placed around her neck by her husband. The mangalsutra, which may consist of gold chains, gold and black beads and other beautiful materials, is not only a shining symbol of their marriage, but it is also something of a rite of passage, representing the woman’s evolution from adolescence to adulthood.
Following the day of her wedding, the woman wears the mangalsutra for the rest of her life (or until her husband’s death) to show the love and respect shared by the couple. It is considered a bad omen if the necklace should become damaged or broken, and this lends the mangalsutra a sense of power and divinity.