Thursday, March 26, 2009

Your Wedding Band is Part of a Long Tradition

If you're looking for wedding bands for your upcoming nuptials, then you are traveling a path which has been trod for millennia. Wedding rings have a long history, being used in one form or another for thousands of years in different cultures all over the world in marriage ceremonies.

The Egyptians were the first civilization (as far as we know) to use wedding rings as a part of their wedding ceremonies. Ancient Egyptians wore wedding rings made from materials which were readily available to them. Less affluent people would use wedding bands woven of hemp or those made of leather or bone. The more well off would have rings carved from ivory or made of precious metals. However, these wedding rings were generally given as gifts on the occasion of a wedding and were not built to last more than a couple of years, unlike wedding bands as we know them today.

Though the tradition of the wedding ring is an old one, it might interest you to know that there were many different types. While we are very familiar with the plain gold bands, Greek women and Anatolian women in years past received puzzle rings, while women in many French speaking countries received a band that was made up of three rings interwoven together.

One part of the history of wedding rings is where they are worn. Tradition often states that they are to be worn on the third finger of the left hand, because there is a vein that goes from that finger to the heart. While this is not true, it is still the traditional placement for rings during a ceremony. During the time of Queen Elizabeth of England, the wedding ring was worn on the thumb, while in Russia, in years past, the ring was worn on the third finger of the right hand.

Take some time to think about what your wedding ring means and what kind of history or tradition you want to adhere to. You may be interested in the plain gold bands, or perhaps you are more interested in the rings styled after the ancient Celtic knotwork designs. Some prefer the Anatolian puzzle ring designs, while others are more interested in rings that have been interwoven together, making the slide over one another. No matter what choice you make, you'll find that you have plenty of options in front of you, and a long history to back you up!

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