Men haven't been wearing
wedding rings nearly as long as women; this is because, once upon a time,
the wedding ring symbolized the ownership of the woman by the man.
We'll both be wearing wedding rings, and neither of us owns the other.
Marriage is a relationship on every level: it's not just a romance but a
friendship, a business partnership, and much more.
Many religions and cultures use the wedding ring
as a symbol of marriage, but we're not religious (and maybe not too
cultural, either!). The most basic reason we're wearing wedding rings
is the ease of recognition they convey. When people in the USA see a
band on the ring finger of the left hand, they immediately understand that
it means you're married.
Check out our rings here!
You may have heard the notion that a ring is a
circle, with no beginning and no ending. Usually, that belief is in
concert with the Christian view of their god. We think of the ring as
symbolizing our love for one another: continuous and never-ending.
Modern practice. The modern practice of giving (or exchanging)
engagement rings can be traced to Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, who gave
Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring as an engagement present in the year 1477.
The notion sparked quite a flood of copycats who thought that a diamond made
the best engagement gift, and thus the tradition was born. We did this one,
not out of any tradition but because Elaine really likes diamonds and white
gold. Check out her engagement ring here.
The groom's engagement ring? In August 2003, four months before
David gave Elaine her engagement ring, they knew they were going to be
married. But David has always had problems wearing jewelry or watches
of any sort--rings, necklaces, whatever, they're generally too uncomfortable
to him. He put Elaine's favorite ring, a white gold band with a blue
topaz in a flush setting, on in order to get used to it. It only fit
on his pinky finger. He did, however, get used to it, and the idea of
having her ring on was a lot of fun. So, after paying off Elaine's
engagement ring, he had his new ring resized to fit and they have treated it
as her engagement ring to him. This is not in concert with tradition;
indeed, perhaps of all the traditions that are changed, altered, or bucked
in some way, this one may be the rarest of them all. But we're doing
it anyway... mostly because it's fun, partly because David got used to the
ring... but entirely because it was hers and so special to her. Check out
his engagement ring here.