The History of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

Written by Reno Charlton

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The ancient Greeks are thought to have beenrepparttar forerunners inrepparttar 145788 rising ofrepparttar 145789 traditional engagement ring. Given as a token of care and affection,repparttar 145790 rings used byrepparttar 145791 Greeks were known as betrothal rings and were given before marriage. However,repparttar 145792 giving of these rings was not always a pre-requisite to marriage and was often given inrepparttar 145793 same way as a friendship ring might be given today.


As seen by their use ofrepparttar 145794 wedding ring, ancient Romans weren'trepparttar 145795 most sentimental of people, andrepparttar 145796 early version of their "engagement ring" were thought to have carved keys on them. It has been debated that this could have been to symboliserepparttar 145797 woman's right to access and own half of everything following marriage. However,repparttar 145798 more sentimental like to think thatrepparttar 145799 key may have been a key to her husband's heart.


Engagement rings as we know them today - stunning gems encased in precious metals - became popular in aroundrepparttar 145800 fourteenth or fifteenth century, whenrepparttar 145801 affluent andrepparttar 145802 royals began to exchange and wear these jewels. However, these items were so expensive that nobody other thanrepparttar 145803 royals andrepparttar 145804 rich could afford to exchange them. It was to be many centuries before these engagement rings would become more popular or traditional.

Why a ring?

The purpose of engagement rings and wedding bands is to convey deep emotions of eternal love, eternal happiness, eternal commitment, and eternal togetherness. In fact, these rings signify eternity - betweenrepparttar 145805 giver andrepparttar 145806 recipient. A ring, of course, is a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on - it is eternal.

And, since folklore has it thatrepparttar 145807 fourth finger ofrepparttar 145808 left hand has a vein leading directly torepparttar 145809 heart, it is only natural that both engagement and wedding rings would be worn on this particular finger, which was once reputed to be a direct route torepparttar 145810 heart.


In short, it is clear thatrepparttar 145811 giving of a ring in honour of a union, betrothal, and marriage has been going on since ancient times, and although it may not always have been as glamorous and romantic as it is today, it was still a way of exchanging a contract of betrothal or marriage.

Thankfully, today's wedding bands and engagement rings are not made of hair, grass, plants or twine as they may have been in ancient times, but of beautiful metals set with stunning gems, such as platinum, titanium, white gold, gold, sapphires, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. These incredible items of jewellery are likely to remain as popular as ever asrepparttar 145812 centuries go by, and even asrepparttar 145813 rest ofrepparttar 145814 world advances in to a futuristic and technological age, it's hard to imagine a day where a beautiful diamond engagement ring doesn't meltrepparttar 145815 heart of its recipient.

Reno Charlton is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as wedding bands, jewelry boxes and promise rings.

Expressions of Devotion: Buying Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings and Wedding Bands Online

Written by Antigone Arthur

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Marriage represents a commitment and shared love between two people. Wedding ceremonies are often shrouded in symbolism, amongrepparttar most significant of which isrepparttar 145756 exchange of wedding rings between husband and wife.

Buying Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings and Wedding Bands Online

Society is ever changing, and withrepparttar 145757 advent of technology and access to a global marketplace, more and more consumers are buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online rather than shopping for these ritual symbols of devotion in a traditional store. Buying online affords consumersrepparttar 145758 luxury of perusingrepparttar 145759 widest selection of rings available fromrepparttar 145760 convenience of their home.

Some people have infusedrepparttar 145761 process of buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online with romanticism. New rituals and traditions are being built inrepparttar 145762 face of modern technology. In fact, some couples are planning entire wedding ceremonies through their computers. A virtual ceremony can be broadcast to friends and family membersrepparttar 145763 world over!

What advice can we offerrepparttar 145764 couple interested in shopping for wedding accessories online? Here are some suggestions for a successful venture:

  • Keep an open mind. Know what type of engagement rings (diamond, gemstone, bands) or wedding rings you are looking for, but consider looking at many different varieties. You may change your mind about what type of ring best symbolizes your relationship and love.
  • Make shopping online romantic! Place some candles aroundrepparttar 145765 computer, turn on your song and have some wine! Buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online can be just as fun and exciting as buying them in person... and even more fun when you create a loving and warm atmosphere.
  • Be prepared to spend a fair amount of time perusing different styles and makes. There are an incredible variety of engagement rings and wedding bands available: titanium, platinum, white gold, traditional gold, silver, gemstone, diamond...repparttar 145766 list goes on and on. Once you have reviewed a fair number of styles be sure to compile a list of your favorites to narrow down your search.
  • Know your size! Nothing is more obnoxious than having to have a ring re-sized before you wear it. There are several websites that offer jewelry sizing online. Typically women wear between a size 5-9 and men between sizes 8-12. The average for men: a 10;repparttar 145767 average for women: a 7.

A Symbol of Your Love and Devotion

Ritual symbols such asrepparttar 145768 exchange of engagement rings and wedding rings are time honored traditions that will likely continue throughrepparttar 145769 next two centuries. Thoughrepparttar 145770 manner in which people shop and commit themselves to one another is changing,repparttar 145771 time honored tradition of exchanging vows and bands as a symbol of love and devotion will not likely change inrepparttar 145772 near future.

Take advantage of modern technology, and consider buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online. You'd be surprisedrepparttar 145773 variety available, and pleasantly surprised by how exciting it can be shopping fromrepparttar 145774 comforts of your living room, office, or bedroom...

Antigone Arthur is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as wedding rings, engagement ring design and diamond wedding rings.

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