The use of wedding rings far predates the use of engagement rings, it is a tradition that dates back many centuries. Over the centuries the styles of wedding rings have changed. They started as simple reeds, bands of leather, bone or ivory. Then they transitioned into much more durable metal bands with intricate carving or a simple plain band without any adornment. Today there are many options for wedding rings, there are traditional metals available as well as many alternative materials such as titanium, silicone or ceramic. But throughout the centuries one thing has remained constant about the wedding ring, the round shape. The endless circle of the band shows the eternal nature of the union. The hole in the center of the ring symbolizes a door to the unknown future the couple has ahead of them.
Today in most western cultures the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is a tradition dates back to ancient Roman times. There was a belief that there was a special vein in that finger that ran directly to the heart. This vein was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’. Although this belief was long also proven to be inaccurate, the sentiment remains and in many cultures this is still the finger designated for the wedding ring. The wedding ring has a rich history full of symbolism and tradition. If you are in the market for wedding rings in a traditional metal or alternative material, stop into Amoskeag Jewelers today and let our helpful team of professionals help you find the perfect rings to symbolize your love and commitment.