As you are deciding on which wedding rings you and your beloved desire to wear as a symbol of your undying love for one another you may be interested in how this practice came about and the true meaning of wedding rings.
The ring of course is a circle and a circle symbolizes infinity, agreement, harmony, rebirth and the universe. In ancient times the rings was connected with the Sun and Moon. It was believed that a ring would protect and was a magical guard, so to speak to ward off all negativity through its continuity. Rings were considered to be magical and/or sacred. Gods and Goddesses even wore rings such as in the Babylonian mythology with tales of the rings of Shamash and Marduk. Rings have always been associated with the magic, the zodiac, and even more. Even today, the wedding ring is believed to hold a kind of power that can be seen when a priest or minister blesses the wedding rings before the couple exchanges them. This practice symbolizes protective powers over their marriage or union.
Now you may be wondering why a wedding ring is worn on the “ring finger”. Well, this also goes back to ancient times and once again magic. As you delve into history of the wedding ring and the reason, it is placed on the third finger you will marvel at some of the beliefs. Here are a few historical facts concerning the “ring finger”. In ancient times, the third finger was used to apply herbal medicines to the body because the effectiveness of the cure would be stronger. It was also believed that a nerve from the third finger went directly to the heart. In astrology, this belief is similar, the “ring finger” is called the heart finger because of the belief of the special nerve or vein that was in the third finger connected to the heart and was a symbol of loved and fidelity. No matter where you search throughout history the third finger has always been used a symbol of love, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and fidelity.
With that said, you know just how important the wedding ring has been throughout history is not just a ring but was used as a promise and union between couples. So, now it is time for you to choose your everlasting wedding rings that will not only symbolize your love and devotion for one another but also withstand time and last forever, as your love for each other.
As you begin looking online and at your favorite jewelers you will find many exquisite wedding rings and some are sure to be out of your price range. The number one thing to do is to set a budget. No matter how much you can afford to spend, you will be able to find the perfect set of wedding rings that will show your love.
Next, you will have to decide what type of material you would like your rings to be created from. Weddings rings are designed from materials such as yellow gold, white gold, sterling silver, platinum, and titanium.
Yellow gold is still one of the most popular materials for engagement rings and wedding bands and can be found in 10K, 14K, or 18K.
White gold is becoming a bit more popular because it tends to look a tad more modern and stylish.
Platinum is one of the hardest metals that is used to create engagement and wedding rings. Many people are now choosing this material because of its durability and the idea that like their marriage it will withstand time. Platinum is a very pure more so than gold, which is normally, only 75 percent gold and platinum rings are usually around 95 percent platinum. These rings do tend to be a bit more expensive but you are more than likely hoping that your ring will last forever, so the price is well worth a ring that is so durable.
Next, of course is titanium. Titanium is kind of the new metal. It is very long lasting, lightweight and not very expensive. These are the most durable wedding rings on the market and are very popular among men because of their elegant style and withstanding power. Yes, you can scratch the ring, but overall they will withstand so much more wear and tear than any other metal.
You may hear that you should choose a wedding ring that will match most of your clothing, but I totally disagree with this statement. A wedding ring is not just costume jewelry that needs to blend in with your outfits. Your wedding ring should be one that you desire to wear every day for the rest of your life. If you looking for a wedding ring to match your clothing then you are really looking for a mere decoration for your finger and not a symbol of everlasting love.
Now you know what material you would love to wear but now comes the hardest part of all. You must now choose the style. First, you must decide if you both wish to wear matching designs or if you prefer your own individual style. The most common styles for wedding rings include the traditional plain bands, bands with beaded edges, bands with etched designs, two-tone bands, Celtic wedding bands, solitaire rings with a precious stone such as a diamond, and solitaries that have one larger stone with smaller stones circling.
Choosing the perfect gemstone for your wedding ring can also be difficult. Diamonds of course are the most popular. However, even with diamonds, you have choices to make; you will need to decide on size and even color. Pink diamonds are now becoming very popular for many women. Remember not to choose soft gemstones such as amethyst or aquamarine as they can be damaged if worn every day. The harder stones are better for durability such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires.