Proposals and the Meaning of “Grazing Your Knee”

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The Meaning of Grazing Your Knee

Grazing your knee, is an expression derived from the traditional act of “going down on one knee.” The position was adopted in western cultures by a man presenting an engagement ring during a proposal of marriage. Even today, this custom remains very strong. It is considered romantic for a man to present the engagement ring during a surprise proposal…awaiting the answer… yes, if all goes to plan.

The custom of grazing your knee originates from action of Genuflection, the behaviour of dropping to one or both knees was first adopted by Alexander the Great in Persia. In medieval England, the act was a a mark of respect in front of a king or nobleman. Today the posture continues, used widely within the Roman Catholic Church.

The proposal of marriage in western culture marks a time honoured tradition alongside asking her father for her hand before the proposal itself.

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.