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Engagement traditions have changed dramatically over time. Here is a vertical timeline of how engagement traditions have changed over time.
As engagement traditions have evolved over the years, so has the opportunity for couples to create their own special engagement by combining new and old traditions.
From the pre-historic caveman tying cords of braided grass around his chosen mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist, to bring her spirit under his control, to the modern day proposals of a diamond's purity and sparkle that now became the symbols of the depth of a man's commitment to the woman he loves.
For traditionalists, with having it be a leap year this 2016, just once every four years, on February 29 (Leap Day), a woman is allowed to take her destiny in her own hands and ask a man to marry her. But, how and why did the Leap Year tradition come about? Well, the tradition is thought to date back to the 5th century, when, legend has it, an Irish nun called St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. So, they struck a deal. St Patrick decreed this one day in February, which occurs once every four years, when women were allowed to propose. Oh, and women either have to wear breeches or a scarlet petticoat to pop the question, according to tradition.
So ladies you still have a chance to pop the question, make it a christmas proposal!
At the end of the day you need to ask yourself what is meaningful to you and your partner? If you'd prefer to tie braided grass around your partners wrists and ankles than propose with one of our finest cut diamonds then so be it..