Even on the most literal level, an engagement ring is rife with symbolism. Your engagement ring is the ultimate tangible representation of your love, personal devotion and fidelity for your partner. However, there are also thousands of years of lore and symbolism behind your wedding set. Everything from the ring’s shape to the finger the ring is worn on has a significant emblematic meaning.
Why Do We Exchange Rings?
The practice of wearing jewelry to represent an emotional bond dates back to Ancient Egypt. Rings served as a symbol of the gods of the Sun and Moon, which were closely tied to the home. These rings were typically made up of leather, hemp, bone or ivory. After conquering Egypt, Alexander the Great took the custom back to Greece. As popularity for engagement rings spread, favor for metal rings eclipsed more organic materials. These rings were typically composed of iron, but gold and silver rings also existed.
In the 12th century, Pope Innocent III announced that all weddings must occur in a church and incorporate a ring for the bride. Pope Innocent also extended the mandatory engagement period, inadvertently launching the emergence of the engagement ring.
A ring’s shape allows it to serve as an ideal representation of love. Since a circle has no beginning or end, a ring evokes the continuity and the infinity of unconditional love.
Why Are Diamond Engagement Rings So Popular?
Diamonds further cement the sentiment of unconditional love. Most natural diamonds formed between 1 billion and 3.5 billion years ago. Due to their longevity, diamonds became ingrained in the public consciousness for their permanence. Consequently, these clear gemstones serve as an ideal metaphor for the strength, purity and everlasting nature of your love.
The first recorded diamond ring was exchanged in 1477, in Austria from Archduke Maximilian to Mary Burgundy. However, until the 20th century, gemstone encrusted engagement rings were largely exchanged among members of the aristocracy. Since the 1930s, diamonds have become ubiquitous with engagement rings for all brides across social economic backgrounds.
Why Do You Wear Engagement Rings on Your Left Ring Finger?
The ritual of a wearing a ring on the fourth finger, or ring finger, represents an ancient belief that a vein, called the Vena Amoris. The Vena Amoris, or “vein of love”, runs directly from the left ring finger to the heart. Newlyweds would place a ring on each other’s hands to represent a connection between their hearts. Although this ancient belief is not physically accurate, this custom continues to influence your wedding ring position today.
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