12 May 2008

History of the Wedding Ring

History of the Wedding Ring
Some historians believe that the ring is a symbol of put that prisoners were women in the Middle Ages. Others argue that the tradition of exchanging rings can be correlated with the prehistoric time when sharing personal items was a sign of good faith and friendship.
What would not have been the origin of this tradition, it is distributed around the globe and it seems that it will soon forget.

In the west (unlike Russia) engagement ring are no names on the finger of the left arm. Some historians believe that this tradition comes from ancient Greece, because at that time there was the perception that the artery in this finger goes directly to the heart. However, many refute this theory. In the history of European countries have been times when wedding rings were on a big finger of the hand.

Using the ring as a wedding symbol was mentioned on the walls of Egyptian graves, so that it can be concluded that this tradition is very ancient roots. Typically, wedding rings made of precious metals, inlaid with precious stones. The first mention of a simple metal obodke as a wedding ring is a wedding of Mary Stuart and the French King Francis II. They were married back in childhood and found that a simple gold rim for a child would be sufficient.

In Christianity, the ring was a symbol of marriage, even in Biblical times, mention of wedding rings found in the Old Testament. While the fashion for wedding rings constantly changing, largely trend to smaller models. While in some cultures, weight and size of wedding rings is determined by the social situation of couples

The tradition of exchanging rings is relatively new. Earlier, the ring gave the bride unilaterally, following the agreement of engagement and dowry. For example, before 1940's only 15% of couples were rings and a husband and wife. After World War II, the number of such couples increased to 60%. In ancient times there were legends that a person without a pair - only half right. A ring was a symbol of two lives. Now brides and bridegrooms have their submission and the appearance of the rings and that they should be wearing. But anyway, is not yet a generation of people will demonstrate their feelings through the exchange of metal cups, as do their distant ancestors.