The picture of a modern engagement ring includes a set with sparkling gemstones and clear-cut diamonds. However, gemstones and diamonds did not always make up the definition of an engagement ring. In fact, the first engagement ring did not include any gemstone and instead focused upon symbolizing and representing the love between the couple.
The first engagement rings were crafted out of silver and gold and designed to include a ring that resembled a knot and could be separated to include two separate rings. This style of ring was believed to put more emphasis on symbolism then on elaborate ring settings.
The love knot was used to resemble the bonds of commitment to marriage and act as a symbol of the love between the couple. The knot ring would be separated at a betrothal ceremony and each ring would be given to the potential bride and groom to signify their commitment to marriage. The two separate rings would then be reunited on the wedding day to form one solid ring that would be given to the bride. This single ring was made up of a knot that symbolized love, honor and commitment.
Love knot engagement rings are still used to some extent with modern engagement rings. While the separating and reuniting of the rings is no longer in practice, the symbolism of the love knot is still going strong as many modern ring designers will craft rings that use love knots as part of the design.