Fascinating Engagement Ring Traditions From Around the World

Although we’re well acquainted with all things engagement and marriage in America, we’ve always been curious how our traditions compare to those across the world. We’ve heard murmurs about proposals being different—and, in some cases, nonexistent—but less about the much-hyped item at the center of them all: the engagement ring. To find out whether the gem is such a big deal internationally, and what some other customs surrounding it might be, we asked our foreign friends to weigh in on engagement ring traditions everywhere from Africa to Sweden.

Scroll down to discover some seriously fascinating international engagement ring customs.

This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.