When a man loves a woman he will do anything to treat her like a princess. So, for him giving a ring to his loved one is just a symbol of his commitment to her and his endless love. It is thought that this tradition of wedding rings dates origins from Egypt, 4800 years ago.
The circular form of the ring is not a coincidence. This form is a representation of eternity while the hole in the center of the ring represents a gate that leads to the known and the unknown. The first rings were made from sedge, rushes and reeds but they didn’t last very long so they were replaced with the rings made from bone, ivory or leather.
The Romans also accepted this tradition of giving rings. What is interesting about them is that with the act of giving a ring they symbolized ownership i.e. they claimed the woman as theirs. The rings that Romans gave were made of iron and called Analus Probulus. As well as, they were the first who engraved their rings.
The Christians used the ring in marriage ceremonies since 860. Their ring was decorated with engraved doves or two linked hands which the church claimed it as ‘’heathenish’’. In the 13th century the rings were clarified and given a more spiritual look.
There are lots of theories related to the wearing of the wedding rings. Over history they were worn on different fingers, even on the thumb, of both hands but according the Romans the rings need to be worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because in that finger runs a vein call the ‘’vein of love’’ which goes directly to the heart.
The second theory is connected with the Christians. In the Christians marriages the ring was worn on the third finger. While the priest recites the prayer he takes the ring and touches the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger. At the end of the prayer he puts the ring on the ring finger and with that act he seals the marriage.
The third theory says that the soft metal (gold) is less worn on the finger of the left hand because most people are right-handed. The fourth finger of the left hand is the second to the least finger on one person’s hands. Because pinkies are small people chose to place the ring on the next last used finger, which is the fourth finger, because it is close to the size of the other finger.
The smallest engagement ring was given to the daughter of Henry VIII, Princess Mary when she was two years old.
In the 1300’s people believed that if they take a piece of the bride’s dress it would grant them good luck. In order to protect themselves from the greedy guests, brides started to throw items to the guests including her garter. Ultimately, the groom started to remove the garter and throw it to the male guests just to avoid their intention of doing that. In order to include the female guests on the wedding it became a custom for the bride to throw her wedding bouquet at them.
The English people believe that finding a spider on the bride’s dress brings good luck. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the veil protects the bride from the evil spirits.
The first recorded engagement with a diamond ring was in 1477 between King Maximilian I of Germany and Mary of Burgundy.