The History of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

Written by Reno Charlton

These days, many people take wedding bands and engagement rings for granted, and although they give these beautiful items of jewellery with integrity and love, they are often given with no real knowledge ofrepparttar meaning behind them.

Both wedding bands and engagement rings are very special items of jewellery; in fact, they are more than just jewellery - they arerepparttar 145788 symbols of many emotions and promises such as:

  • Love
  • Commitment
  • Fidelity
  • Eternity
  • Honour

But where - and why - did these popular and sentimental pieces of jewellery stem from?

The History Of Wedding Bands

These items of jewellery have a history that spans many centuries and passes through many countries from all aroundrepparttar 145789 planet. Below, you will find a brief history ofrepparttar 145790 wedding and engagement ring, as reported from country to country.


The now-famous wedding band is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, where it is said that plant sections were fashioned in to circles to signify never-ending and immortal love. It was thought thatrepparttar 145791 fourth finger (which we now know asrepparttar 145792 ring finger) contained a special vein that was connected directly torepparttar 145793 heart, and therefore this becamerepparttar 145794 official finger forrepparttar 145795 wedding band.


The Romans also agreed withrepparttar 145796 Egyptians with regards torepparttar 145797 wedding ring finger and its meaning, but rather than offering wedding bands as a symbol of love, they awarded them as a symbol of ownership. Roman men would "claim" their woman withrepparttar 145798 giving of a ring.


Puzzle rings were a complex type of jewellery that were once popular in Asia, and these jewels hadrepparttar 145799 charming knack of being able to fall apart and put back together again - if you knew how to do this, of course. Wealthy Middle Eastern men then began to use these rings as wedding bands for their wives, who were often forced to wear a puzzle ring when their husband was away. The husband would know upon his return whether any of his wives had been disloyal by removingrepparttar 145800 ring whilst he was away, becauserepparttar 145801 ring was designed to collapse upon removal and could only be put together again if you hadrepparttar 145802 skill and knowledge required.


Several centuries ago,repparttar 145803 Europeans became rather taken with what we would class as an engagement ring, but was then called a Poesy Ring. This ring was given to a loved one as a form of promise, and signified fidelity and love. The Poesy Ring was offered as a pledge of eternal togetherness, much as today's engagement rings are offered as a promise of eternal marriage.


During Colonial times, all items of jewellery in America were prohibited due to their apparent moral worthlessness. Instead, a more practical thimble was given as a token of love and as a pledge of eternal togetherness. However, after they were married,repparttar 145804 women tended to removerepparttar 145805 bottom of their "engagement thimble" to form a type of ring.

History Of Engagement Rings

The engagement ring of today also has its own varied and interesting history, some of which is explored below. Engagement rings have been known by many different names, have symbolised a variety of different things and have not always been made of precious metals and stunning gems!

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

Written by Antigone Arthur

Ritual symbolism abounds in everything we do; this is particularlyrepparttar case when an individual commits their love and devotion to another and offers a promise of marriage. The custom of offering and exchanging engagement rings and wedding bands is a time honored tradition rich in symbolism and meaning that has been carried on for centuries.

As time has changed so have consumer traditions and buying patterns. The rich tradition of exchanging vows as a symbol of love and devotion is still a traditional time honored ritual practiced in many cultures. Certain aspects of engagement and marriage have changed with time however. Whereas in times of old a couple might take several outings together in search ofrepparttar 145756 perfect engagement rings or wedding bands, in modern times more and more couples are buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online. Thanks torepparttar 145757 internet andrepparttar 145758 resulting access to a global marketplace, couples are realizing they have more options available to them all fromrepparttar 145759 comforts of their living room. Some couples are even going torepparttar 145760 extreme, not only buying engagement rings, wedding rings and wedding bands online, but also purchasing wedding gowns, flowers and even participating in virtual marriages.

How have these changes come about? What can today's modern couple expect when planning a walk downrepparttar 145761 aisle?

The Engagement Ring

The practice of a groom offering his bride to be an engagement ring as a promise of love and affection began nearly 2 centuries ago inrepparttar 145762 United States; many associaterepparttar 145763 giving of engagement rings with a need to express implied commitment and understanding forever. The term "A Diamond is Forever" was in fact used as a means of reinforcingrepparttar 145764 notion that an engagement ring is a commitment from one fiancé to another to live a life together in marital harmony forever. The phrase is also a popular advertising catch phrase that reinforcesrepparttar 145765 notion that love and devotion are part of everyday symbolisms that require an outlet for expression.

The use of engagement rings as a token of love and affection is a norm that instilled inrepparttar 145766 hearts and minds of most people, in part due to heavy marketing and advertising from diamond ring and other jewelry manufacturers, and in part based onrepparttar 145767 needs of mankind to project symbolism into everyday living.

Wedding Rings

Once a couple has decided to walk downrepparttar 145768 aisle together,repparttar 145769 next step is often purchasing wedding rings together. Because there are so many different kinds to choose from, it helps to know what distinguishes one wedding band from another. There are several tips that you can follow to ensure that you purchase wedding bands that suit your individual preferences and budget.

First and foremost consumers should keep in mind that it certainly pays to do their homework. The best advice for wedding ring shoppers is patience. Couples should takerepparttar 145770 time to shop around and look at several different wedding bands, and have in mind an idea of what exactly they are looking for. Far too often customers compromise because they feel they can't find exactly what they are looking for; chances are you can find what you are looking for at a reasonable price, if you give yourself plenty of time to research wedding rings thoroughly before purchasing.

An article in Today's Summer Bride in Summer of 1989 suggested that consumers be patient and shop wisely, but also have faith that they will find what they are looking for. The article was referring to purchase of a wedding gown, but buying wedding rings followsrepparttar 145771 same logic. You probably didn't bump into your partner overnight, and likewise you should expect it to take some time to findrepparttar 145772 perfect wedding rings as symbols of your love and devotion to one another.

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