I thought it would be a good time to talk about tangible symbolism of the most important and coveted wedding ring.
It is, in effect, the physical presence of the wedding vows which is the promise of everlasting, never-ending love.
History shows that the wedding ring has been a symbol of various things in the traditional vows, but rarely all of them at the same moment.
I am sure you have often heard that the shape of the ring represents a forever promise of your commitment and your love.
The belief is that many past cultures shared the feeling that the circle having no beginning and no end symbolized that the marriage therefore, had no end.
Another interesting theory held by many religions in early cultures is that marriage was “half of the religion” and that the wedding ring represents two halves coming together.
Straight to the Heart Theory
The Romans and Egyptians in ancient times shared the belief that a vein from the fourth finger lead directly the heart and thus the perfect finger to place a wedding ring.
This idea was passed on down so that the fourth finger became the universal finger to place a wedding ring on to this day.
Science has since indicated that the theory about the vein is not true but we still love the idea of the finger having a direct path to the heart and still consider the fourth finger the ring finger.
As we Promise to Love and Honor
There have been found references to wedding rings going back as far As Ancient Egypt and the groom would shape hemp, plant stems or twigs into a circle and use that as a ring by placing it on the brides’ ring finger.
Of course, the plant rings would decay or get broken and had to be replaced often.
As mentioned above the ring symbolized undying love as it does today. However, it did not seem to include fidelity as many Ancient Egyptians were polygamous.
The Ancient Roman did place a ring on the fourth finger of their wives hands it really did not have much to do with their devotion and love but wives were a possession and this showed that she was owned by him.
The wives had nothing at all to say in this marriage for once she was captured and “ringed” they were married and that was it.
One of the really strange things for men of the Middle and Far East did to make sure their wives were faithful was to make a “puzzle ring” that they placed on her finger.
The rings were collapsible and if removed it would simply fall apart. The ring could be put back together but only if you knew the proper way to do it.
This was the way the husbands who had to travel for any reason knew their wives were faithful to them.
When America was being colonized the Puritan way was to has absolutely no form of adornment so that meant no wedding rings.
So men would give their brides thimbles to show their love and caring.
Some of the brides who wanted something more than a thimble removed part of the thimble and created a rather crude ring she could have.
Time and years pasted and the modern ring began to appear. The materials used to make the rings have evolved from leather, aluminum and other metals and stone.
Of course, most rings today are gold, platinum and silver, but some couples want a bit different and have gone to titanium and, yes, tattoos.
Husband’s Wedding Rings
It has been more recently that men are now wearing wedding bands. As history shows men have been dominant and they either had harems or owned their wives so they did not need to be burdened with any signs of commitment and marriage.
The idea of men wearing wedding bands can be traced back to World War II when it became trendy and stylish for a man to wear a wedding ring.
This was a reminder that the wives who loved and cared for them were waiting back home.
Today most men now wear a wedding band sometimes matching the brides’ and sometime unique just for them. There you have some history of the wedding bands you two will wear and how it came to be that you will lovingly and with commitment exchange them on your wedding day.
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