Wedding Rings – A Journey Through The Ages
In modern times, wedding rings are given during the marriage ceremony but, in most cases, little is actually known about the origin of the tradition. The notion of wedding rings is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt where it is said that plant sections were crafted to make circles that were used to symbolise a never ending love. Historians suggest that ancient Egyptians placed the wedding rings on the forth finger (still the ring finger today) because it contained a vein that was connected directly to the heart.
Wedding Rings – Meanings Around The World
Having established that wedding rings originated in ancient Egypt, it wasn’t too long before the tradition of exchanging wedding rings spread throughout the ancient world. Below is an example of the meaning of wedding rings to various civilisations throughout history:
- Wedding Rings & The Romans – The Romans shared the belief held by the Egyptians that the wedding rings be placed on the forth finger due to the vein connected to the heart but wedding rings weren’t a symbol of ‘love’, they were a symbol of ‘ownership’ as Roman men claimed their women with a ring.
- Wedding Rings & Asia – Wedding rings known as ‘puzzle’ ring were once very popular throughout Asia and the Arab world. These puzzle rings were able to fall apart when taken off and could only be put back together by its creator so a husband would insist his wife wear it so he could tell if she had been disloyal and removed the wedding ring.
Wedding Rings – A Symbol of Eternity
In the grand scheme of things, wedding rings are a symbol of eternal and never ending love. Wedding rings are used to convey the deep emotions and commitment to one another of those entering into marriage. Wedding rings have moved on from the reeds of ancient Egypt to the spectacular jewel encrusted ones witnessed today but the symbolic nature of wedding rings remains the same.
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