The History of Wedding Rings

Olivia Hague-Delves | 08 June, 2017

            The History of Wedding Rings

It is commonly believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics dating to 6,000 years ago, including papyrus scrolls, are evidence of the exchange of braided rings of hemp or reeds between spouses. A lot different to the diamonds and silver we know of today. Ancient Egypt considered the circle to be a symbol of eternity, and the ring served to signify the perpetual love of the spouses.

According to a tradition, believed to have been derived from the Romans , one that I believe in too, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the 'Vena Amoris' or the 'Vein of Love' said to be directly connected to the heart. But I also believed that if this finger is cut off then you will bleed to death so… I’m not sure whether it is really romantic or just scary!

The wedding RING is a symbol of marriage as it is a ring that represents union and commitment of spouses for life. ‘Bound by marriage’, like a ring is round and bound… Get it?

The ring is a symbol of infinity and completeness, one of protection, but also of authority and belonging.