History of the Wedding Ring
26 May 2011
Wedding rings, being circular in shape, symbolise eternal love.
The earliest recorded exchange of wedding rings was in Ancient Egypt. In early times, they used strong plant material such as papyrus and reeds. The plants were shredded into thread-like strands, then plaited into a small circle and placed onto the third finger of the woman’s left hand, as they believed there was a vein in this particular finger that travelled directly to the heart, named ‘Vena Amoris’, which is Latin for 'Vein of Love'.
Eventually precious metal became the material of choice, although it was expensive and often reserved for higher society.
The Egyptian wedding ring practice was passed onto the Grecians during times of war, then followed onto the Romans where the acceptance of a wedding ring by a woman confirmed that she was no longer free and was, as a wife, legally bound to meet the needs of her husband.
Wedding rings were originally worn only by wives and even though male finger jewellery has been very popular throughout the ages, male wedding rings are a relatively recent trend.
The wedding ring tradition has crossed continents and passed generations, changing and evolving over time due to cultural, social and religious influence.
These days, it is up to the individual to decide on which traditions they will follow; such as on which hand they will wear their ring and if the husband will also wear a wedding ring.
Wedding rings represent the loving union between two people and should also be a creative expression of your unique style. Larsen Jewellery in Sydney and Melbourne can custom make your ideal wedding ring, which will come with a lifetime guarantee and exceptional customer service.