Wedding rings are a sweet symbol of eternal love throughout history.
The tradition of wedding rings came about in Egypt, about 4,800 years ago. The circle symbolizes eternity, with no beginning or end.
The story of why the wedding ring is worn on the left hand can be traced back to ancient times.
In that era, the Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger) on the left hand ran directly to one’s heart. Because of this belief, they called that vein the “vena amoris” or vein of love. Naturally, to solidify a union based on love, they’d place the ring on that finger that housed the vein of love to signify the romance the newly married couple shares.
What most people don’t know is that the hole in the center of the ring also has significance—it’s not just space, but rather a gateway or door.
Our modern-day understanding of biology says that all your fingers have vein connections to the heart, but couples keep cultivating the tradition and keeping add the wedding ring on the fourth finger.
There are no rules on which metal your wedding rings must be made of, or whether or not they should match. You can opt for simple bands or more elaborate ones with stones or designs. Some couples choose to have their wedding date or a romantic phrase inscribed in their bands.
Did you know?
Initially, only the women worn wedding rings. The men’s started using the wedding ring after the Second Worl War when they wanted to have memories of their wives and daughters for being away from home.