Vena Amoris stemmed from my fascination with the idea of the engagement ring throughout history. It's rumored the ancient Romans would give a string of hemp and tie it onto a lover’s finger as a remembrance. Puritans in the early colonial period of the United States customarily refused to wear jewelry based on the belief of it being ostentatious and frivolous, and would instead exchange a thimble at the time of betrothal. After the wedding, the thimble's cup was often cut off and the rim would be worn as a ring. Far from the roots of these simple tokens of promise and affection, the tradition of the day (born out of the extensive marketing campaigns of the 1930s-50s) has shifted into women wanting a $10,000 ring because they saw an ad on TV.
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