The History Of Wedding RingsThe History Of Wedding Rings

In every wedding ceremony, you will see that exchanging rings is important. Everybody does that part perfectly well but nobody ever knows why they do it. We’re going to tell you about the history of these rings and why are they so popular today.

1. Where it all started
The earliest signs of wedding rings are seen in ancient Egypt.
Relics like papyrus scrolls over 6000 years old show the rings existed then. It was considered a symbol of eternal love for the couple back then.

2. How it came to us
In Ancient Rome, the groom would present his bride with an iron ring, which is the origin of today’s metal wedding bands. The durable material symbolized strength and permanence. It is believed that the Romans were the first to have their rings engraved.

3. Why do we wear it on a specific finger
The wedding rings are always worn on the finger between the middle and little finger. Since they are worn there, it is now commonly known as the ring finger. The engagement rings or wedding rings are worn on that finger because it contains a vein that goes directly to the heart symbolizing love.

Originally rings were made from hemp or reeds but now rings can be made of many metals like gold rings, silver rings or even tungsten bands. Almost every wedding ring today has one or more diamonds on it. These diamond rings can vary vastly in prices. There are also different types of rings now like halo rings, antique rings, eternity bands and much more.

4. Belief of the ancestors

Much before these engagement rings or rather a part of any jewelry was seen in the ancestor’s wardrobe of the caveman. They had the concept of presenting a small totem to his lady-love during marriage. At that time men were generally the hunters or gatherers in the society. The historians or archaeologists believe two things on this occasion. It was impractical to use any tool-like sharp weapon as symbolic or decorative. It was definite that they did not use any diamond engagement rings.

5.Middle Ages

After that some four thousand or five thousand years later came down the Middle Ages. It was then illegal for doctors to touch the body. At that time medicine was the work of speculation or guesswork. The belief which ran was very popular was that a vein was directly connected to heart. It was out of this popular reason why they used to slide a ring on the third finger on the left hand. The process of having engagement ring developed from that belief.

6. Practice of engagement rings or wedding rings

That sliding of the ring indicated that someone was in love with somebody. However there were not affordable engagement rings in those days. But people had every reason to slide some unique rings on the lady-love’s left finger. From those days onwards the concept of some unique engagement or wedding ring ran in the society. Some did not use engagement rings but put wedding rings straight to the finger.

by Jigar Shah
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