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A Very Brief History of the Wedding Band

bmjnyc wedding rings on EtsyOften, even the most unconventional bride will opt to wear a wedding band and ask her partner to do the same because wedding rings are the almost universal symbol that a person is legally spoken for. But, it wasn’t always this way.

Archeologists believe that the wedding ring tradition started in Ancient Egypt. Imagery found on papyrus scrolls, wall drawings and ceramics show an ancient culture that exchanged rings braided from reeds and hemp. Through these ancient hieroglyphics, experts learned that the culture viewed an unbroken circle as a symbol of endless love. Rings made of reeds didn’t last very long and soon more durable materials such as leather, bone, ivory and eventually metal were used.

It is interesting to know that the space in the center of the ring also had significance. It was considered a gateway window or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. The future.

As always, social groups embrace different traditions and this is also true with commitment jewelry. Styles, the ring ceremony, who wears the ring and which finger wedding rings are worn on all vary from culture to culture. Even with these differences and over thousands of years, the sentiment has remained basically the same – Two coming together as one, loving and honoring each other, until the end.

Of course, a fun party and pretty rings can only highlight the excitement and significance of the occasion, as the new couple ventures into a promising future.

Barbara Polinsky is a goldsmith and member of the Etsy Wedding Team. Her work can be found on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bmjnyc and her online shop at http://www.bmjnyc.com/

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