Today, wedding rings are generally made of precious metals and are worn by both men and women and purchased from stores like Goldmark Jewelers. They are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, especially in the States. But that’s not the way it has always been, or the place that wedding rings have always been worn. While Western habits are spreading, there are still countries and cultures where wedding rings are worn differently. The History of the Wedding Ring The earliest recorded wedding rings were found in tombs in ancient Egypt. Some were made of things like braided reeds. The problem with those is that they were very fragile, so there weren’t too many found. Eventually, rings were made out of sturdier things, like ivory or leather. The ancient Greeks and Romans turned wedding rings into something more like what is seen today. They started using metals like gold and silver as wedding rings. Typically it was only women who wore the rings. They were also the first to start putting the rings on the fourth finger of the left hand. That’s because they thought that there was a vein that went straight from the left ring finger to the heart. They called it the vena amoris, meaning vein of love. The rings in those ancient cultures were often highly decorated. They would have things like doves or flowers engraved on them. These rings were mostly only worn by women. Eventually, the metal rings that the Romans and Greeks used turned into the wedding bands around the world today. Wearing a Wedding Ring Today men and women both wear wedding rings. In the States and some Western European countries, the ring is still worn on the third finger of the left hand. That’s not the same for every country or culture. For example, in the Jewish tradition, especially the more conservative or Orthodox traditions, a woman wears her wedding ring on the index finger of the right hand. However, in some countries women might switch their ring over to their left hand after the wedding. Their wedding rings are also generally just a plain gold band without any kind of decoration. In Scandinavian countries, wedding rings are generally worn on the third finger of the right hand. Women also generally wear three different rings. One is their engagement ring, one is their wedding band, and the third stands for motherhood. When people in India get married and the woman chooses to wear a wedding ring, they also wear their rings on their right hand. Indian women also wear other jewelry when they are married. They wear things like bangle bracelets on both arms that aren’t taken off unless the marriage ends. Wedding rings have been around for centuries. What they were made of, where they were worn, and who wore them changes from culture to culture. There...Read More »
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