The sheer excitement of choosing your wedding ring is one of the most romantic highlights of wedding planning. Considering that your wedding ring is a symbolic piece of jewellery which you will wear for the rest of your days, choosing the right one is a really important decision, especially if you want it to match your engagement ring. But do you know why we wear wedding rings and where the tradition of wearing them originated from?
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History of the Wedding Ring
Throughout history, rings have been exchanged as symbols to declare love and commitment to your significant other.
The wedding ring tradition has been traced back to as early as 4,800 years ago, when the pharaohs of ancient Egypt crafted rings by weaving papyrus, reeds and rushes together. These materials were soon to be replaced by harder wearing bone, ivory and leather.
The band with no beginning or end represents a circle of eternity and immortal love and the hole in the middle represents an adventure in to the unknown for newly married couples.
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It wasn’t until Roman times that the wedding ring, now crafted from more durable metal or inscribed silver and gold bands, became a customary symbol of marriage. The Romans also believed that the wedding ring should be worn on the ‘ring finger’ as your ‘Vena Amoris’ or ‘Vein of Love’ runs from the fourth finger on the left hand leading directly to the wearer’s heart.
The exchanging of rings between partners dates back to the 1500s in Europe, where two interlocked gold rings, known as ‘Gimmel Rings’ were given to wives by their husbands-to-be. The couple would wear one ring each until the wedding day, when the wife would wear both from that day forward.
Men’s Wedding Rings
The male wedding ring is a much later tradition, considered to have been introduced during World War II when Western soldiers chose to wear wedding bands as a reminder of their wives back home. Men’s rings have come a long way since the simple gold band with lots of different styles, colours and materials to choose from.
So there you have it, a romantic history to remember when you choose your own rings as symbols of love and devotion to exchange on your special day.
Smooch Wedding Rings – Stand 104
Two Become One Jewellery – Stand 178
Luv Olivia – Wedding Rings – Stand 97
Wongs Jewellers – Stand 50
Josephs Jewellers of Ormskirk – Stand 60