Band For Life: The History of Wedding Rings

Band For Life: The History of Wedding Rings

The ancient Egyptians believed in the vena amoris, literally the “vein of love” that runs directly from the heart to the fourth finger on the left hand Since then, wedding rings have been worn as a sign of the binding pledge between spouses The endless circle shows the eternal nature of the union, with the open centre a portal to the unexplored life ahead as a couple This sentimental theory is recognized in western cultures and is the main reason the engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger, now referred to as the “ring finger”.

In other cultures, however, the ring is worn on the right hand, since that is the hand used for oaths and vows. The Greeks and Romans carried on the tradition but, during these eras, betrothal rings were made out of leather, bone or ivory In early Rome, the use of metal rings began to . More

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