posted by Victor & Freda on May 30
Exact origin of the wedding ring is uncertain and full of superstition and mythology. Papyrus dating back to ancient civilizations of Egypt showed a wedding ring, and historians credit the land of the pharaoh’s origin of this tradition. Engagement or betrothal ring that used in early prehistoric times, but the wedding ring is a relatively new tradition, not like an engagement ring is full of religious rituals.
In ancient times, accepting a wedding ring is a binding agreement between husband and wife. The woman belonged to her husband, class exploitation. It is also a protection for women – protection against competitors using the status and role in takeovers.
Early Egyptian wedding rings simple circular bands, roughly made of indigenous materials such as hemp and reeds. This is a safe bet that the average marriage exceeds the average wedding ring, because the circle of eternal love and devotion meaning. The circle also represents the unity of the two parts to create a whole. The hole in the middle symbolizes the gate which is unknown – the future. Wedding bands of ivory, leather and other hard materials are made by those who want a more permanent symbol of immortality.
The Romans first moved to the lead, while other civilizations chose brass and copper. Finally, gold became the metal of choice. In fact, early Irish couples insisted on gold, as other substances that are believed to bring bad luck for the best, and is an illegal marriage at worst. For couples who can not afford gold wedding ring, gold wedding ring that is secured by the service and returned immediately afterwards.
The first rough design decorated with semiprecious metals in an attempt to disguise the work. Stone color also has meaning. Ruby red for the heart, sapphire means blue sky and the heavens, and the indestructible nature of the diamond rare sense of unity of marriage can not be destroyed.
Fit played an important role in the world of superstition surrounding the wedding ring. The settings should be perfect. Too loose fit will result in sloppy marriage, carelessness, and even cause the couple to grow apart.
In ancient times, wedding bands occupied the third finger of his left hand as they do today. The importance of the third finger was the belief that the finger vein, the “vena amoris,” led directly to the heart. This is the idea propagated by the Egyptians and adopted as truth by the ancient Greeks and Romans, until later disproved.
Double-ring ceremonies gained popularity during World War II as young soldiers sent to war. Signals from the marriage contract took the new sentimentality in difficult times, and the custom remains intact today. Different ceremonies, vows are often unique, but the wedding ring tradition has survived for centuries, and perhaps – for ever.