One of the highlights of being an upscale pawnshop owner is getting the priceless opportunity to work with young couples who are in the process of getting married.
It is quite a thrill when a young man first walks into our shop and begins skimming over our retail showcases for that special engagement ring.
Because we are an upscale pawnshop we have engagement rings to fit literally any budget.
From our six carat pear shape diamonds to our one carat diamonds, we have just the right diamond for that special couple and can design a ring on any budget.
It is such a joy when we first notice the look of relief wash over a new grooms face when he believes he has found just the right diamond or ring for his new bride.
Because we here at Gold Coast Jewelry and Pawn have such an appreciation for engagement rings and what they symbolize, it is always a wonderful experience to be made part of such an incredible time in a young couples life.
A Little History About Engagement Rings
The first recorded diamond engagement ring was exchanged in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian presented the token to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.
It is believed that the ancient Romans began the practice of placing the engagement ring on the left ring finger, which they believed contained the "vena amoris" or vein of love which supposedly connected directly to the heart.
Other ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, also used such symbolism, and even today the tradition persists both with engagement rings and wedding bands. In fact, wedding bands are placed first on the left ring finger to be closest to the heart.
Engagement rings are ultimately circles of metal, and the circle is a part of very sacred, symbolic geometry.
Circles have no beginning and no end and thus represent eternity, renewal, wholeness, and perfection.
They are also symbolic of the sun, moon, and planets, bringing together all life just as an engagement ring brings together the lives of two people.