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WHAT DO WEDDING RINGS REPRESENT?
The humble wedding ring has been the symbol of eternal love forever and it has never lost its importance and significance. Even if the design of wedding rings has become more modern in recent times, the tradition and symbolism of the ring is as strong today as it has ever been.
The wedding ring is an emblem of love through time, a symbol of devotion and an agreement between two parties that promise to love each other for life. The circular shape of wedding rings carries a symbolic meaning for the couple getting married.
A circle has no beginning or end and it is therefore a symbol of infinity. It is endless, eternal, just the way love should be. Most of the people generally wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand.
This is because the vein in this finger was believed to lead directly to the heart. However, in many European countries it is also customary to wear it on the right hand. Even the ancient Egyptians wore wedding rings, they were woven from plants that grew alongside the river Nile.
They were later incorporated into the Christian and Jewish wedding ceremonies, and it became common for the groom to give his bride a ring when they got married. More recently both the bride and groom receive a wedding ring on their wedding day.
Wedding ring metal type
For centuries the material of a ring and the presence of a precious stone were considered a status symbol for the owner. A king’s wedding ring was often used to mark a document, this way it showed the power and the will of the throne.
Platinum is a valuable and prestigious metal, it is naturally hypoallergenic and it does not irritate the sensitive skin, so it has become increasingly popular for wedding rings nowadays.
Thanks to their simple and practical style plain yellow/white gold wedding bands have always been considered the traditional form of the wedding ring. They are still commonly worn, particularly by people with an active lifestyle that prefer a ring that can easily be kept clean.
Rose gold is becoming a more and more attractive metal type for wedding rings because of its deep underlying meaning. Rose gold is said to represent love compared to white gold representing friendship and yellow gold which means fidelity.
Diamond wedding rings
Wearing wedding bands decorated with precious stones is as an historical practice as the use of the wedding ring itself.
Diamond wedding rings are a popular choice not only because of their beauty: diamonds, thanks to their enduring nature and strenght, have always been associated with eternity, and as they are unbrekeable and precious, they represent a promise of eternal love. This makes them the perfect stone to symbolise the love of a married couple.
Other precious stones may also be worn on wedding bands, either on their own or alongside diamonds. Each precious stone has its own meaning and symbolism.
You can make your wedding bands more personal with something romantic, meaningful or memorable engraved on their inside.
Engraving a wedding ring is becoming more and more popular. It gives you the chance to say something short and special, something meaningful between you and your partner.
Some people choose a simple “I love you”, whilst others prefer initials and the wedding date.
The beauty of an engraving is that it can say whatever you want it to say, however space is limited so keep it short and simple. There are some shapes and styles of wedding rings for which engraving just won’t be feasible.