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What is the Czech tradition as related to engagement rings? In America and most of Western Europe it's the gold band with a diamond or diamonds. I know in some European countries it's simply a gold or silver band. I'm sure there is a little of everything depending on who you ask but I was wondering what the "traditional" offering was...
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14-10-07, 04:36 PM

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What is the Czech tradition as related to engagement rings? In America and most of Western Europe it's the gold band with a diamond or diamonds. I know in some European countries it's simply a gold or silver band. I'm sure there is a little of everything depending on who you ask but I was wondering what the "traditional" offering was...


According to my (Czech) wife, a diamond ring is becoming more common here, but is still not that common. Many folks view it as a waste of money, and, of course, in many cases a diamond is simply too expensive. There is no specific tradition - a ring of course, but not with any specific stone or setting. At the same time (again, according to my wife) few Czech women would complain about receiving a diamond ring of course!
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14-10-07, 06:11 PM

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Good luck and congratulations.
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14-10-07, 06:16 PM

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some czech website about weeding said some stuff about on which finger it should be worn and they should be indentical and some techincal stuff about gold but nothing about traditions...
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14-10-07, 11:13 PM

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You may get brownie points* by proposing (in the most romantic setting possible) and present a 'token' ring, or red rose etc.. The positive spin would be that you would not feel comfortable choosing a ring, without your future wife (ex-girlfriend .. ) approving.

Worked for me

*Needed once the novelty has worn off.
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14-10-07, 11:53 PM

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Formal engagement is very rare here. Most people would know it only from romantic movies.
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15-10-07, 03:03 AM

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I would say how you propose is more important than what sort of ring (if any) you hold. Diamond rings are by no means custom in czech, it started just recently. Big bunch of flowers, romantic surprise and nice ring will make your girlfriend very happy. The custom is however that after proposing the wedding should take place within a year.
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16-10-07, 07:20 AM

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