Origins Of A Wedding Band
Each culture has their own method to signify that a marriage has taken place, from adorning themselves with coloured powders, to wearing specific necklaces and rings. Rings have been adopted by most cultures around the world today.
The wedding band originates from the time of the Ancient Egyptians. At the time it symbolised eternity and that love had no beginning or end. The reason why we place the wedding band on the ring finger of the left hand is because the Egyptians believed that finger was the ‘vena amoris’ (the vein of love). The vein of love was thought to flow directly from the ring finger to the heart.
In Ancient Roman times, rings were given as a public declaration of marriage. It was the Roman’s conquest of most of the known world at that time which caused the spread of this custom. It now signifies the pure intention to marry and is a promise of life long commitment made to one person.
When Choosing A Wedding Band
Check how the ring sits with your engagement ring
Consider how the two rings would sit side by side. If your engagement ring has a very big central stone, there might be a gap in between the two rings, which bothers some people.
In this case, consider how a curved wedding ring may be deigned to curve around the engagement ring or consider how a fitted wedding ring may be designed to interlock with the engagement ring. You can purchase the wedding band and engagement ring separately, however you could choose to buy a matching set.
Different Isn’t Always A Bad Thing
It is nice to have a wedding ring and engagement ring that match. However, it is not always possible to buy a matching set. It is perfectly fine to have two different rings, as they are two separate rings for two separate reasons. Some people prefer having dissimilar rings and other times they can complement each other. For instance, a solitaire would look nice with a wedding band with diamond shoulders.
Be True To Your Own Style
Don’t feel obliged to pick a plain wedding ring just because it’s tradition. Look at unique accents and interesting details in case they appeal to you even more. Remember: your wedding ring should match your personality, no someone else’s. It is also going to be on your finger everyday, you want to choose something that you will like ten years from now or longer.
Diamonds Are Not Only For Women
Once you’ve chosen the wedding ring, consider placing a few diamonds (or other precious gemstones) into the ring. Diamond-set wedding rings are a popular choice, largely because they provide a beautiful backdrop for engagement rings. Of course, diamonds aren’t just for the girls. Consider a single diamond or coloured stone in the groom’s ring, too. This is becoming increasingly popular.