THE POWER OF LOVE
Jewels, Romance and Eternity

BEATRIZ CHADOUR-SAMPSON
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The tradition of giving a betrothal or wedding ring as a promise of marriage goes back to ancient Rome and the ring was believed to have a direct link to the heart when worn on the ring finger of the left hand. It was not until the fifteenth century that diamond rings were primarily associated with marriage, but from the earliest times rubies or garnets were emblems of passionate love, diamonds or rock crystals symbolised virtue and constancy, sapphires denoted eternal love and emeralds desire and hope. This scholarly book traces the history of these ornaments, exploring their origins, their changing fashions and their cultural significance over time and across cultures.