The History of Wedding Rings

The History of Wedding Rings

While many women have their fourth finger adorned with a thousand or perhaps million dollar ring, most of us still ignore the tradition of wedding rings and when it has really started. Let’s take a journey together back in time to ancient Egypt, about 4800 years ago, when, as believed, the first exchange of wedding rings took place.   history of wedding rings 1   Back then, wedding rings were certainly not made of gold; rather of reeds, rushed and sedges, twisted and braided to fit a woman’s finger. The circle of the ring represented, for Egyptians and many other cultures, a symbol of eternity and never-ending love.   history of wedding rings 2   Naturally, the materials used to make these rings evolved according to what was available at man’s end, and were soon replaced by leather, bone or ivory. Even back then, the materials used were an indication of the giver’s social status. The more expensive they were, the wealthier the groom was.   history of wedding rings 3   With the Romans, the wedding ring became a symbol of bride purchase. It was often given to the father of the bride by the groom as a sign of ownership. It wasn’t until the second century BC that the bride was offered an expensive gold ring as a symbol of trust, which she used to wear only in public. At home and during household work, she wore a plain betrothal or engagement ring of iron, called Anulus Pronubus.   history of wedding rings 4   The Renaissance introduced the Gimmel ring, a type of puzzle ring made of two interlocked rings, one for the bride, and one for the groom. The two halves would unite the couple at the wedding, then the wife would wear hers afterwards – a custom said to originate in the Middle East. It wasn’t until the 1940s that men started wearing rings, as a symbol of commitment to their wives when sent as soldiers to fight during wartime. The tradition naturally held and lasted to date.   history of wedding rings 5   During these eras, the wedding ring could be worn on any finger. However, and according to a Roman tradition, the ring is supposed to be worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, as it was thought that there was a vein in the finger refered to as the “Vein of Love” (Vena Amoris) that was directly connected to the heart. Whether true or false, this tradition is still followed nowadays worldwide.   history of wedding rings 6   The wedding ring has been for ages a symbol of commitment for married couples, and will undoubtedly remain a vow of love and loyalty for centuries to come. .   history of wedding rings 7     history of wedding rings 8     history of wedding rings 10  
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