In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, Jewish wedding rings play a very important role. In Jewish law, a verbal declaration is not enough to be married.
According to Jewish law, a formal, physical consecration must be made. Usually this is done with giving of a Jewish wedding ring, however in ancient times, it was merely something of value—with minimum value of what is now a penny.
Don’t worry—I know you won’t be that cheap! :)The ring must be of solid uninterupted gold with no holes breaking circle. The continuity of rings represents hope for an everlasting marriage.
Requirements for Jewish Wedding Rings
The ring must be bridegroom's property at time of Jewish wedding ceremony. While only one Jewish wedding ring is required by Jewish law, (given to bride), many couples exchange rings.
Orthodox Rabbis refuse to perform a double ring ceremony, because they feel it invalidates idea of groom acquiring bride as a wife in exchange of something valuable.
A Reform or Conservative denominational Rabbi may incorporate a ring exchange between bride and groom with little problem usually.
What Hebrew Wedding Rings are made of…
Most Jewish wedding rings are made of simple solid gold bands, although recently embellishment with Hebrew letters on band has become quite popular.
Many rings can even now be fully customized with many different Hebrew phrases, or even couple’s names either inscribed or raised inside band.
How To Buy a Jewish Wedding Ring
Buying a Jewish Wedding Ring can often be a confusing and frustrating adventure. There are so many Jewish jewelry stores, and with advent of internet, there are even more than ever before.
However, internet has proven to be a big advantage for buyers. Low overhead and large online demand have driven prices for expensive Jewish Wedding Rings that used to go for $800-1000 down into $320-600 range, depending on 14k or 18 gold, ring size, etc.