Maxilian of Austria, son of Emperor Frederick III is said to have
started the tradition of the engagement ring by giving a ring set
with a diamond to Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold in
1477. Wearing a ring on the third finger of the left hand as a
symbol of marriage dates back to the early Roman period. It was
believed that a vein in this finger ran directly to the heart.
That’s easy, Lucy. George Frederick Kunz (who was minerologist and
vice president of Tiffany, for whom Kunzite is named- rather, HE
named it Kunzite…) wrote the definitive book for it’s day.
“Rings for the Finger” one edition is