Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Leap Year Proposal

Every four years the 29th February comes around and gives us ladies a chance to take the bull by the horns and ask their man to marry them.

The history behind the leap year proposal  is believed to date back to 5th century Ireland and ‘St Bridget’s Complaint’. Bridget is said to have been annoyed at the amount of time women had to wait for a man to ask for their hand in marriage.  After talking to St Patrick about this he told her that women could from then on propose on the leap year.

The first documented instance of women proposing on 29th February is in 13th century Scotland, where a law was passed that decreed any man refusing a proposal on the leap year must pay a fine, which could range from a kiss, right through to a silk dress or, most commonly, a pair of gloves.

So come on ladies take advantage of this traditional day come in and see us at Arlington & Co. where we can advise on a ring for your partner and you can have a look at engagement ring designs for yourself at the same time!