A tradition dated all the way back to the Egyptians, wedding rings represent never ending, immortal love.
This little circle: the symbol of eternity, with no beginning and no end, has certainly evolved over time. Originally wedding rings were made of twisted leaves, grasses and reeds but these rings didn’t last very long, so were soon substituted with leather, bone, or ivory: The more expensive the material, the more love shown to the receiver and was a symbol of the wealth of the giver… hmmm, some things never change!
Today rings are made of exquisite precious metals in various shapes and sizes. The helpful infographic below by Hitched UK is a small guide on how to choose a wedding ring.
This is one cool graphic and will get you started, but be sure to take your time when choosing. Try them on, shop around and ask your jeweller for advice to make sure you choose the right one for you. After all, you will be wearing this for the rest of your life!
So why is the wedding ring worn on the left hand ring finger? One theory is because it was once thought that there was a vein in the fourth finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ that lead directly to a woman’s heart. (How romantic!)
Some say the Christians started it when the priest at the ceremony recited, ”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the fourth finger, which sealed the marriage.
Another theory is that it is just the most convenient place for the man to place it when facing his bride. With most being right handed, when the man reaches out he would naturally place the ring on her left.
Whatever the theory, whatever the tradition, the wedding ring is the most famous and instantly recognizable symbol of the perpetual joining of a man and a woman as husband and wife in the institution of marriage.
Its important, its special and it will be adored so have a blast choosing your perfect design!
Tell me… What have you chosen for your wedding ring? Are you matching it to your engagement ring? What type of metal will be on your ‘ring’ finger for the rest of your life? Comment below…
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