The Eternal Symbol, the circle with no beginning or end, the permanent bond between a couple, the Wedding Ring. Over the years the wedding ring has taken many forms, the traditional form of rings, and more non traditional forms.
The history of the wedding ring dates back almost 3,000 years. We have come along way since they had braided rings of hemp leaves in Ancient Egyptian times.
3 major factors that have never changed when thinking about a wedding ring throughout the centuries have been:
Traditional Wedding Ring Sets:
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Cost plays a major factor in most couples decision on wedding rings, the carat size of the diamond, the material of the band, additional bands added to the ring, engraving done to the ring, etc. Because of all of these options wedding rings and wedding ring sets can get pretty expensive. Simplicity is becoming the more modern trend in the 2010’s, turning away from the idea that “the bigger the diamond the more he loves you” concept.
This factor is one that has been the ever changing factor and the major factor of the ring. The durability, dependability on the ring. Because the ring symbolizes so much, the last thing you would want to happen to the one item that symbolizes your love for someone is to break, tarnish, or crack. Over the centuries this factor is one that has been ever changing. From the beginning when the ring was a hemp plant braided, to then being bone, leather, or ivory, now on to a metal of some sort. Time has shown us what material lasts and what materials can create an everlasting symbol of love.
As legend has told us we wear our wedding ring on our 4th finger because the vein of love runs through the fourth finger, so naturally wearing an eternal symbol of love should be wrapped around the vein that is connected to the heart.
Another legend has told us that in Ancient Rome during the wedding when the priest does the vows he would count back on the bride and grooms hands from their thumb saying in the name of the Father (thumb), Son (index finger), and Holy ghost (middle finger), Amen (fourth finger) places the ring on the ring finger and seals the bond of the two.
Lastly another legend tells us that the left hand was chosen to house the wedding ring because with most humans being right handed the ring would not interrupt our daily activities.
Moving forward to modern wedding ring traditions there are two that are most common:
The Silicon Ring
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The cost of both the tattoo and the silicon ring are fairly cheap when placed next to the cost of wedding ring sets. The cost of these two modern trends are attractive to younger couples or couples that want to keep all aspects of their marriage simplistic and cost effective.
Obviously the Tattoo is the most permanent you can get with your wedding ring, this more modern “ring” is popular with the Millennial generation as the tattoo industry through the 90’s & 2000’s sky rocketed. This modern tradition is becoming more and more popular because of its permanent eternal symbol.
The permanency of the silicon ring is just as permanent as the other material rings, the silicon ring is created for active couples, couples that work with their hands, and non-traditional couples. The permanency of the silicon rings is important because the silicon is a hard to damage or tear material. Creating that eternal symbol for couples.
The Tattoo and how permanent it is creates a less flexible symbol. Depending on the ink used, or colors used touch ups will be needed but with modern technology though tattoo removal or ink quality it is becoming more cost effective and easier. The flexibility of the tattoo ring could very well be different in a matter of years.
The flexibility of the silicon ring on the other hand is rather flexible, because of the cost effectiveness of the ring you can buy multiple and wear certain rings to match outfits or get bigger or smaller sizes. Rather than having to get a ring resized or refitted, or a tattoo fading.
I believe that the traditional wedding ring will always be the number one choice of bride and grooms. As times change and traditions change we will always see new and interesting traditions that come with different generations. The exciting thing to know is that there is not a right or wrong way to have a wedding ring, it is ultimately your decision on how or even if you symbolize your eternal love with your partner.