The Symbolism of Wedding bands
Diamond wedding bands are not just a popular choice for couples who are exchanging their wedding vows, but are also full of symbolism.
Wedding bands have been worn since ancient Egypt, when they were woven from plants that grew alongside the river Nile. They were later incorporated into the Christian and Jewish wedding ceremonies, and it therefore became common for the bride to be given a ring when she got married. In more recent times, it has become common for the groom to also be given a ring when he marries.
Bands are today worn forever, but this was not always the case historically. It was not always possible for a young couple to afford a wedding ring, and in many cases they had to borrow or even rent a wedding ring for the purposes of the ceremony. This was a perfectly acceptable alternative to buying and wearing a band.
The circle of the wedding band is also a symbol of eternity. The circle has no beginning or end and is, therefore, a symbol of infinity. Traditionally, the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is because the vein in this finger was believed to lead directly to the wearer's heart. In many European countries, it was actually customary for the wedding ring to be worn on the right hand, and there is in fact no religious or historic reason for the ring to be worn on a particular hand.
Plain gold wedding bands are usually considered the traditional form of the wedding ring. These rings became popular because of their simple and practical style. They are still commonly worn, particularly by people who lead active lifestyles or who need a ring that can easily be kept clean. Wearing wedding bands that are decorated with precious stones is actually just as historic a practice as the use of wedding rings itself. Most ancient Egyptians wore rings woven from reeds, papyrus or rushes, but these wore out quickly. The Egyptians therefore began to use more hard-wearing materials, and those who could afford it began to use precious metals. The craftsmanship of these rings was often imperfect and their surfaces were never perfectly round. It was, therefore, a common practice to decorate the rings with precious stones, partly in order to conceal the flaws.
Diamonds are a popular stone for wedding bands because of their beauty and their significance. Diamonds have been associated with eternity because of their enduring nature, and they have also been associated with love. This makes them the perfect stone to symbolise the love of a married couple. Other precious stones may also be worn on wedding bands, either on their own or alongside diamonds. Each precious stone has its own meaning and symbolism.