The engagement ring tells us that a commitment to marry has been made. It illustrates that two people have come together as one and the intention is they will spend their life together as one union. Traditionally the male will propose on bended knee and if the intended recipient accepts the proposal, then he will be ready with that all important engagement ring. In medieval times it was believed that the fourth finger on the left hand had a direct vein to the heart. An engagement ring is not a necessity when it come to being engaged but it is expected and part of a long standing tradition.