The History of Wedding Rings


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In the history of wedding rings, there are  hundreds of years between antique wedding rings of the past and contemporary wedding engagement rings of the present and a world of difference in materials and craftsmanship.

We know, the gold wedding band, is the iconic symbol of love & intimacy that your true love places on your wedding ring finger at Christian wedding ceremonies. What's  not so well known in The History of Jewelry

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The History of Wedding Rings

Step back in time and retrace the history of wedding rings and we find:

The Christian betrothal ring was usually of gold from the 2nd century onwards. It was not always plain but sometimes inscribed with a legend. White gold wedding bands were unheard of during the Middle Ages.

Early Christian Roman gold marriage rings, have been found,  but it wasn't until the 12th Century, that Pope Innocent III (b.1160-1216), one of the greatest Popes of the Middle Ages, first declared that marriages would take place in the church and that wedding bands should be exchanged during the service.

The symbolic linking of the couple that is expressed in the "dextrarum junctio" or the joining of hands persisted from ceremonies from Roman times. Traditional vows still include the line:

"I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage".

Around 350 later, King Edward VI affirmed which finger should be a wedding ring finger. He decreed that the third finger of the left hand be designated as the "official" ring finger, however it was the ancient Egyptians who first designated the third finger of the left hand, as the vein in the third finger, goes directly to the heart.

In Ancient Egyptian mythology, the heart ruled the head. Practicality may also have played a part though, because there's  not as much wear and tear on finger rings worn on the left hand. (if you are "right handed")

In 1549, the Book of Common Prayer recorded in black ink, that the left hand was officially the marriage hand. In many European countries however, brides wear their wedding rings on the right hand.  Antique wedding rings were now officially part of the wedding ceremony!

In the history of wedding rings, they have always  represented the sealing of the marriage and  sign of commitment to one another.

And what better way to seal a marriage than by choosing a symbol of the past born amidst romance and age-old wedding traditions!

If I had to choose between an antique diamond engagement ring or a modern "facette perfette"  diamond engagement wedding ring, well, I think you know what I 'm going to say.

Even if the brand-spanking new diamond engagement ring is set with hearts-on-fire diamonds, cut according to Marcel Tolkowsky's "ideal" mathematical formula, named after the eight tiny hearts visible through the pavilion of a hearts-on-fire diamond.

Modern, new diamond cuts are mathematically more perfect than antique diamond cuts.  However, brand spanking new diamond wedding jewelry is not every girl's best friend. To the dismay of the modern jewelry manufacturer,   modern, perfect diamond cuts, remind some people of a dental office -  clean and precise but  no soul,  nah mean? 

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