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The ring and its history – 4 ultimate facts

by | 29.02.14 | Interesting

In love, engaged, married – all about the ring. 

For lovers, a ring is not only a beautiful piece of jewelry, but also a deeply emotional gesture. It is a sign of infinite love and connection. Receiving a ring as a gift says: You are something very special to me! Read here how it came about and what a ring for your partner is all about.

1. The ring as a symbol

The symbolism of the ring is characterized by its circular shape. Just like the infinite love between two people, the ring has neither a beginning nor an end. Rings are made of high-quality metal. After all, they are meant to last forever. This emphasizes the strength and durability even more.

2. Where does this custom actually come from?

The history of the first wedding rings can be traced back to ancient times. Back then, however, only women wore a wedding ring as a sign of commitment. Men were supposed to recognize at first glance that this woman was already taken. For the woman, it was seen as financial security and confirmation that the man had received the dowry. These rings were originally made of iron. Depending on wealth, bronze, silver or gold were later used and in some cases even set with a diamond.

It was only over the course of time that the wedding ring took on a more romantic character. The origins of today’s tradition can be found in the Middle Ages. A man’s power and wealth were demonstrated with so-called signet rings. If this ring was placed on the woman at his side, he showed that he would henceforth share his property with her.

As Christianity expanded, the church had more and more influence on society. Around 860 AD, under Pope Nicholas I, the wedding ring officially became the Christian symbol of love, eternity and marriage. However, it was not until the 13th century that both spouses began wearing a ring and the mutual exchange of rings became an integral part of the church wedding rite. The ring seals the marriage before God and is a reminder of the mutual promise of eternal fidelity, commitment and constancy. Even today, people still say: “Wear this ring as a sign of my fidelity”.

 

Without a firm intention to marry, it was initially forbidden by the church for a man to put a ring on his beloved. The engagement ring was finally created under Pope Stephen I in the 15th century to reinforce this indissoluble promise of marriage.

3. Genuinely unique items

Engraving is what makes wedding rings a unique piece of jewelry! It symbolizes once again the vow of mutual commitment. While the Romans usually used the inscription “Pignus amoris habes” – “You have pledged my love”, today it is usually the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding day.

Our tip: If you like it distinctive, you can have your partner’s fingerprint or that of their children engraved on the ring. Or the unusual variant of the sine heart curve or a small diamond marked on the place where you met as lovers.

4. Left or right hand?

On which hand do you actually wear the wedding ring?

In ancient times, it was believed that the vena amoris, the vein of love, was directly connected to the heart via the left ring finger. For this reason, the wedding ring is still worn on the left hand – the heart side – in many European countries. In Germany and Austria, however, the ring is traditionally placed on the right hand. The left hand is intended for the engagement ring.

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Nothing has changed in the significance of wedding rings over the decades. They remain the symbol of belonging and endless love! And is there anything more beautiful than celebrating love?

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