Q:  Why does the man give the bride-to-be an engagement ring when proposing?

A:  This tradish started back when the groom had to “buy” his bride.  How unromantic!  According to wedding lore, the ring was supposed to represent his vow to marry the woman in exchange for her social status, family fortune, etc.

Interesting.  And strangely gold-diggery.

Oh, BTW, thank you, Italy!  Allegedly, the Italians integrated the whole diamond aspect to the tradition of giving engagement rings.  It is said that back in the day, Italians believed that diamonds were created from the “flames of love” and that they represented everlasting love.  Now that’s romantic.