Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

The Ring

The giving and receiving of rings, has for centuries, symbolized the promise of a future together. The ring signifies the joining of two people, and the unending circle of love for one another. The diamond engagement ring has been around since 1477, other rings were used to mark engagements before then. The diamond is still popular because of its beauty and durability. In the 18th and 19th century a tradition of giving gem stone encrusted rings were popular. Often the first letter of each gem stone spelled out the name of the giver, or a name of endearment, such as "dearest" (diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, epidote, sapphire, turquoise).

Another traditional ring was called the “Gimmal Ring”. It was a three part ring with two clasped hands on it. During the engagement one part was worn by both the bride and groom, while the last part was worn by a witness. It was united as the bride’s wedding ring on the wedding day.

The Wedding ring originates from an ancient belief that a loyal wife might be harassed by evil forces angry about the newly weds’ love. The man would make a “magic circle” by wrapping a rope around his wife’s body as this would protect her from the demons. It would bind her to him in spirit, thus making their souls one.

In ancient times, it was believed there was a vein in the third finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. The ring being placed on that finger denoted the strong connection of a heartfelt love and commitment to one another. Although during times of modern autopsy, this long held belief was found not to be so, the tradition continued to this day.

Medieval bridegrooms placed the ring on three of the bride's fingers, in turn, to symbolize, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The ring then remained on the third finger and has become the customary ring finger for English-speaking cultures. In some European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand before marriage, and is moved to the right hand during the ceremony. However, in most European countries the ring is still worn on the bride’s left hand. A Greek Orthodox bride wears her ring on her left had before marriage, and moves it to her right hand after the ceremony.