In bygone times it was far more common for women to wear a wedding
band ring than it was for her husband, though it probably had more to do
with economics than anything else. This trend changed markedly after the
Second World War and in the vast majority of marriages today both
partners exchange rings during the wedding ceremony.
Sophisticated marketing today also means that wedding rings are often
seen as just one in a series of rings which starts with a ‘promise’ ring
given at the beginning of serious courtship and for the serious is
followed by the gift of an engagement ring on betrothal.
The wedding ring which follows next is then often followed by an
eternity ring, usually given after the birth of a couple’s first child,
to symbolize the ongoing nature of their marriage.
The series concludes (though not always) with a trilogy ring, usually
set with three diamonds, as a symbol of the past, present and future of
While the jewellery trade has had significant success in bolstering
its sale of rings, most couples will choose to stick with the age old
tradition of an engagement ring for the bride-to-be followed by wedding
rings for both the bride and groom. Generally though, it is the choice
of engagement ring which frequently dictates the couple’s choice of
wedding band rings.
There is a great deal of custom associated with the wearing on
engagement and wedding band rings. In many countries the wedding ring is
worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, while in other countries the
wedding ring is worn on the forth finger of the right hand.
In some cases the engagement ring doubles as the wedding ring with a
change of hand and often the addition of an engraving changing its role
from that of an engagement ring to a wedding band ring. In other cases
the engagement ring is removed on marriage and either worn on another
finger or on a chain around the neck.
In most cases however the engagement ring is worn on the same finger
as the wedding ring and the wedding ring is either placed inside the
engagement ring so that it is nearer to the heart, or worn outside the
engagement ring sealing the engagement into the marriage. In the
majority of cases couples will choose to have matching wedding bands and
the bride will wear her wedding and engagement rings together so that
she will want a wedding band that matches here engagement ring.
In the past it has often been thought that the choice of engagement
ring should be left entirely to the man who should purchase the ring and
then spring it on his bride-to-be as something of a surprise. However,
this practice is changing and, as engagement and wedding band rings will
be worn hopefully for the remainder of the couples lives.
Wedding rings can be made from a variety of material; recently Five
U.K. couples recently sealed their vows by exchanging rings made from
their own bone tissue, grown in the lab from sample cells, however
precious metals are far more common. Gold, titanium and platinum, some
encrusted with stones such as diamonds.
Every wedding ring is individual, and a wedding ring is a powerful
symbol of union and commitment that will last a lifetime. So choose
carefully and keep the bond between you strong for ever.