A SYMBOL OF LOVE FOR CENTURIES
A WEDDING RING
Th e romance beh ind
Wedding rings have been worn in many
cultures since the time of the ancient
Egyptians and these rings throughout time
have symbolised love, devotion, commitment
and a powerful bond between families,
tribes and kingdoms.
The precious materials within a wedding
ring are also symbols of love and devotion.
Gold is a symbol of true and perfect love
that is “as good as gold”, while platinum is
the most precious and pure of metals that
can remain untarnished. Many couples
also choose to have diamonds set in their
wedding rings as ‘forever’ stones that express eternal love.
A new trend among couples is to have their rings engraved, often
on the inside of the bands, with the date of their wedding or a
message of love. New laser technology means that signatures,
hand-written messages and even fingerprints can now be etched
onto the wedding rings.
Traditional wedding ring designs include Celtic
styles and Russian bands, made of interlocking
rings. New ring styles include a fusion of white
and yellow gold, while rose gold rings are
becoming more popular. But for everyday wear,
platinum or palladium rings are the metals most
jewellers recommend, as these metals are harder
and more scratch-resistant than gold and, unlike
white gold, will not tarnish or darken over time.
Traditionally in the UK, wedding rings have been
worn on the third finger of the left hand, which
the ancients believed contained a vein leading
directly to the heart. Although in Eastern Orthodox
tradition, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand and in India,
some brides wear a toe ring or a bangle as well as a wedding ring.
While the traditions and designs may be slightly different today, the
sentiment and meaning to love, treasure and honour one another
forever, remains very much the same: “I love you” “I wish to be with
you forever” and “You are mine.”