Wedding rings originated in Ancient Egypt more than 4,800 years ago.
They were originally created with hemp, rushes or braided grass and worn only by women.
The circular shape of the wedding ring symbolises the never-ending love between husband and wife. It is worn on the third finger of on the left hand. This tradition began as the vein in this finger is believed to be the ‘vena amoris’ or ‘vein of love’ which lead directly to the heart.
After the Egyptians, the Romans continued the wedding ring tradition introducing a more permanent metal – Iron. During the middle ages in Europe, gold became the most popular choice for wedding rings. During this time, precious gems such as rubies, sapphires and diamonds, also started to be used in the creation of wedding rings.
Men didn’t start wearing wedding bands until much later – around the time of the Second World War. Being separated from their wives for long periods of time, soldiers wore wedding bands as a symbolic reminder of their loved one back home.
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