Wedding Rings – Through the Ages and for All Eternity

Written by M J Plaster

The exact origin ofrepparttar wedding ring is uncertain and is rife with superstition and mythology. Papyruses dating back torepparttar 122066 ancient Egyptian civilization depict wedding rings, and historians creditrepparttar 122067 land ofrepparttar 122068 Pharaohs with originating this tradition. Engagement or betrothal rings were in use as far back as prehistoric times, butrepparttar 122069 wedding ring is a relatively new tradition, and unlikerepparttar 122070 engagement ring, is steeped in religious ritual.

In ancient times, accepting a wedding ring constituted a legally binding agreement between husband and wife. The wife became property ofrepparttar 122071 husband, a holding of sorts. It also represented protection torepparttar 122072 wife—a protection against challengers seizing her legal and rightful position in a power grab.

Early Egyptian wedding rings were simple circular bands, crudely crafted from indigenous materials such as hemp and reeds. The lifespan ofrepparttar 122073 average wedding ring was approximately one year. It's a safe bet thatrepparttar 122074 average marriage outlastedrepparttar 122075 average wedding band, sincerepparttar 122076 eternal circle signified eternal love and devotion. The circle also representedrepparttar 122077 joining of two halves to create a whole. The hole inrepparttar 122078 center symbolizedrepparttar 122079 gateway torepparttar 122080 unknown—the future. Wedding bands of ivory, leather, and other sturdy materials were crafted by those who desired a more permanent token of eternity.

Metals replacedrepparttar 122081 earlier hemp and reed wedding bands. The early Romans moved to lead, while other civilizations chose brass and copper. Eventually, gold emerged asrepparttar 122082 metal of choice. In fact, early Irish couples insisted on gold, as any other material was thought to bring bad luck at best, and constitute an illegal marriage at worst. For couples unable to afford gold wedding bands, gold wedding rings were secured forrepparttar 122083 service and returned immediately afterward.

Early crude designs were adorned with semiprecious metals in an attempt to disguiserepparttar 122084 handiwork. The color ofrepparttar 122085 stones also held significance. The red ruby signifiedrepparttar 122086 heart,repparttar 122087 blue sapphire signifiedrepparttar 122088 skies andrepparttar 122089 heavens, andrepparttar 122090 rare diamond's indestructible nature signifiedrepparttar 122091 indestructible bond of marriage.

Love's Most Overlooked Expression

Written by Conrad L.Jones

I'll berepparttar first to admit how totally clueless about women's needs, love and relationships most of us men can be. Sometimes women believe that we're just insensitive pigs, butrepparttar 122065 truth often is, we're just clueless about what she's talking about. Anyway, here's how I somehow got a clue about a few things; hope this helps guys or women,repparttar 122066 guy in your life!

A few weeks ago, one of my wife's sisters was getting married, so allrepparttar 122067 others chipped in to helprepparttar 122068 best way they could. As luck would have it,repparttar 122069 task of preparing forrepparttar 122070 wedding shower fell to my wife.

Now my schedule was already filled with various assignments but anyhow, I decided to totally clear it forrepparttar 122071 day, and help her as best as I could. Needless to say, she was totally surprised because she knew I had a few important things to do that day. I personally didn't mind because they were not urgent and I just wanted to help her out.

When we got torepparttar 122072 room, it was a total mess, so we set about trying to clean it up before we decorated. As we mopped and swept together, we chatted. As we decorated, hung balloons, decorated tables and made floral arrangements together we chatted and laughed endlessly. Late inrepparttar 122073 afternoon we leftrepparttar 122074 room tired, but happy.

After refreshing ourselves we headed back torepparttar 122075 party, and even though I was tired, I still helped withrepparttar 122076 entertainment, food serving, andrepparttar 122077 clean-up afterwards.

When we finally left, we returned home totally exhausted and immediately fell asleep.

Overrepparttar 122078 next few days, I noticed and incredible increase in intimacy and passion. It was as if my wife was falling over herself to please me. She was bubbly, excited and sex was "WOW". She even found time to work on a few projects with me. I was speechless to sayrepparttar 122079 least.

When I couldn't understand it any further, I had to ask her about what was happening. Here's what I learnt.

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