Menís Wedding Rings - Should a Man Wear One or Not?

Written by Peter Crump


Strange as it may seemrepparttar use of a wedding ring by men was not common until recently. Whereas women have worn wedding rings for eons, men have not. The use of rings as a symbol of everlasting love enshrined in marriage can be traced back thousands of years. But not so much for men.

It was, in fact, duringrepparttar 122005 second world war thatrepparttar 122006 use of wedding rings by men became more common. (Note that mens wedding rings and menís wedding bands are interchangeable, both meaningrepparttar 122007 same thing.)

It becamerepparttar 122008 custom for US soldiers going to war to publicise their marital status byrepparttar 122009 wearing of a manís wedding ring. They were happy to make public their commitment to their wife byrepparttar 122010 wearing of a public symbol that declared that commitment to all. Given that this habit of wearing menís wedding bands was reasonably new it was allrepparttar 122011 more creditable that these men were willing to foregorepparttar 122012 marital obscurity available to them from not wearing a ring and actively chose to make a public statement about their choice.

Menís wedding rings have become increasingly more common since that time. Today it is probably as common for a newly married man to wear a ring as not. This may be due to several factors. The modern man may consider it his duty to choose to makerepparttar 122013 same public marital statement as his wife will. And his wife may well consider it a condition ofrepparttar 122014 marriage that he do so. After all, in these days of equality, if she is prepared to make a statement then should he not do so as well?

Despiterepparttar 122015 fact thatrepparttar 122016 wearing of a ring by a woman is a matter of choice, it is in fact almost obligatory due torepparttar 122017 fact that it is so common. Many women do not even considerrepparttar 122018 possibility of not wearing one. Often, however, a man usually considersrepparttar 122019 wearing of a man wedding ring very carefully.

There are a number of issues to consider. Firstly, is he concerned about a public display of his marital status? Some men, whether rightly or wrongly, are threatened by this. Others are not inrepparttar 122020 least concerned.

Secondly whilstrepparttar 122021 wearing of jewellery by women is so common as to go unremarked that is not necessarilyrepparttar 122022 case for men. For many menrepparttar 122023 wearing of mens wedding bands is just a case of being asked to wear jewellery. Men often do not feel comfortable wearing jewellery and in many cases have never done so before. Whilst some men see their wedding band as different to wearing ordinary jewellery, others feel justrepparttar 122024 same as if they were being asked to wear ear rings. ďItís just not done by menĒ. The author, for example, wears a man wedding band, but would never consider wearing any other form of jewellery.

And as many men have never worn any form of jewellery before they have no idea what it will feel like to have something permanently onrepparttar 122025 finger. Is it heavy? Does it rub? Silly as it may seem to women this can be of concern to some men.

(If this genuinely is of concern it is quite possible to find a cheap jewellery shop, buyrepparttar 122026 cheapest ring available and wear it for a while. See exactly what it feels like. And find out your size atrepparttar 122027 same time.)

Menís wedding rings are, inrepparttar 122028 eyes of some men, effeminate. ďReal menĒ donít wear rings or jewellery at all. This is becoming less of an issue asrepparttar 122029 wearing of a manís wedding ring becomes more common, but is still an issue with many men.

Culture is also a consideration. In many culturesrepparttar 122030 wearing of wedding rings by men would never be considered. Men must think about how their particular culture, and also their religion, would viewrepparttar 122031 wearing of a wedding band.

There are also practical considerations. Many men are engaged in trades whererepparttar 122032 wearing of a man wedding band would be downright dangerous. Although unlikely it is quite possible for a ring to get caught in machinery. In some jobs a ring cannot be worn onrepparttar 122033 job, and must be removed. This can also apply to women.

Symbolism of Wedding Rings

Written by Peter Breslin


"The meeting of two personalities is likerepparttar contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed." -C.G. Jung Rings have been exchanged as a symbol ofrepparttar 122004 bond of marriage for so long, and in so many different cultures, thatrepparttar 122005 origin ofrepparttar 122006 practice is obscure. Certainly,repparttar 122007 circle of a ring represents undying love andrepparttar 122008 continually renewed vows ofrepparttar 122009 married couple. Circles have long been archetypes for not only timelessness, but also wholeness and homecoming. The circle also speaks torepparttar 122010 constant round ofrepparttar 122011 heavens, as well asrepparttar 122012 eternal return ofrepparttar 122013 seasons, marked by cyclical ritual and celebration. In addition,repparttar 122014 circle in rock art, sacred stone arrays, and astrology represents bothrepparttar 122015 Sun andrepparttar 122016 Moon, themselves astrological and alchemical symbols forrepparttar 122017 masculine and feminine aspects ofrepparttar 122018 cosmos. This correspondence withrepparttar 122019 Sun and Moon is emphasized byrepparttar 122020 frequent practice of choosing gold for one betrothed and silver forrepparttar 122021 other, as gold and silver arerepparttar 122022 metals long associated withrepparttar 122023 Sun and Moon respectively. Rings in general have a deeply rooted magical significance. Enchanted rings figure in many ancient folk tales. Incantations and spells forrepparttar 122024 protection ofrepparttar 122025 wearer of rings are common motifs. Today, in traditional religious ceremonies, Christian and otherwise,repparttar 122026 wedding rings are blessed by a minister or priest, thus continuingrepparttar 122027 symbolic practice of imbuing rings with protective powers. The widespread tradition of embellishingrepparttar 122028 plain gold or silver wedding band with various designs and patterns has been known since at least 700 AD, in both Pan-Hellenic and Celtic cultures. The quite ancient symbol ofrepparttar 122029 ouroboros,repparttar 122030 serpent which consumes its own tail, was a theme used for wedding rings made of iron in Rome. The ouroboros itself is a symbol ofrepparttar 122031 oneness of creation and destruction in renewal, andrepparttar 122032 life principle which timelessly feeds on its own inspiration. It also representsrepparttar 122033 hope for a lifelong marriage union thatís continually renewed. Celtic wedding rings are often gorgeously decorated with geometric knot work patterns that have a long history and central place in Celtic art. These patterns are strongly vegetative, suggesting tendrils and vines. In fact, in much of Celtic art, includingrepparttar 122034 famous illuminated Bible, The Book of Kells, these Celtic Knots emerge from or transform into vegetative foliage. The beautiful symmetry of these woven patterns is often not square, rigid, or overly formal, but organic, flowing, and a stylized reflection ofrepparttar 122035 curves and spirals found in nature. Indeed,repparttar 122036 Celtic Knots that embellish wedding rings heraldrepparttar 122037 ideas of spring, fertility, andrepparttar 122038 eternal reawakening ofrepparttar 122039 life force - all of which bode well for a fruitful life partnership.

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