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History of the Wedding Ring - Rachel Boston Jewellery

History of the Wedding Ring

Discover the age-old tradition of exchanging rings to mark the union of marriage.

ANCIENT EGYPT
Wedding rings in the western world date back to Ancient Egypt, where rings - as a symbol of eternity, were made from reed, hemp or plant stems and wrapped around the wrists and ankles.

ANCIENT ROME
By the time of Roman rule, iron and gold bands had replaced the natural materials and sometimes featured key motifs to symbolise that the wife now had control of the household goods.

Chunky Roman Wedding ring, when wedding rings had replaced the natural materials and sometimes featured key motifs.

MIDDLE AGES
Throughout the Byzantine Era it was popular to personalise wedding rings, and most were carved with the faces or full figure of the betrothed couple.

DIAMOND WEDDING RINGS
Wedding rings became more refined over time and the first recorded diamond wedding ring dates back to the late 1300s or early 1400s when it was left by an English widow in her will.

RB Mens wedding ring and Womens wedding ring

THE RING FINGER
The Ancient Greeks believe in the 'veins amores' or 'vein of love' that ran directly for the heart to the fourth finger. The wedding ring was therefore worn on that finger as a connection to the heart. While we know more about the human body today, the age-old tradition remains.

The fourth finger on the left hand isn't a universal choice, and the chosen finger varies between countries and cultures, wedding rings are now worn across the world as a token of love and partnership.

Find the perfect rings to mark you union here.

RB couple wearing a Rachel Boston Diamond Wedding Ring

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https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/rings/wedding-rings/antique-gold-byzantine-marriage-ring/id-j_13276382/
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