There are some differences in wearing wedding rings among different people. According to Christian legend, Joseph put a call on the middle finger of his left hand to the Virgin Mary. At the same time, but on the ring finger, it is customary to wear a wedding ring among Christians in Western Europe. Perhaps under the influence of an Egyptian belief, an artery of love runs directly from the heart to the left hand's ring finger. In England, at the beginning of the 18th century, it was customary to wear wedding rings on the thumb. Even today, a wide gold ring is worn on the thumb in India. Orthodox Christians are known to wear an engagement ring on the ring finger of their right hand.
The attitude to wedding rings among all peoples and at all times has always been respectful and even reverent.
As to the most expensive family heirloom, this attitude is especially characteristic of the Orthodox. In the Orthodox sacrament of marriage, the wedding ring is considered a symbol of the eternity of the marital union.
And a sign of the inviolability of the obligations of those entering into marriage before God. Losing an engagement ring was considered a bad omen.
Epochs and customs changed, but the symbolic meaning of wedding rings remained virtually unchanged.
In ancient times, wedding rings were created from various materials, had different shapes. There was even a tradition to fix a flower on the call. In some countries, an ancient Celtic pattern was used when engraving rings: two hands holding a heart - a symbol of love and loyalty.
The liberalization of morals in Western European society led to another type of jewelry called the "ring of love." It is intended for those couples who have not entered into an official marriage contract. The most popular are "love rings" made of multicolored gold bands running parallel along the circumference or made by connecting colored wires twisted into one whole or "tied" into a complex knot.
In 1927, the poet Jean Cocteau created the most famous wedding ring of the 20th century, "Trinity Cartier." From the very beginning, it was positioned as a nominal one. The Trinity ring was dedicated to true love, which, according to Cocteau, consists of love itself, friendship, and respect. The crew consisted of three connected rings of gold of different shades - white, pink, and yellow.
Designers are constantly working on creating new collections of wedding rings. Jewelry manufacturers refer to wedding and engagement rings as the so-called "rings of joint life." These are primarily "jubilee rings" (anniversaries of living together). Traditionally, these rings are made of diamonds. In recent years, they have included entirely new types of commemorative rings.
At the same time, Princess Diana's husband sometimes gave jewelry. A beautiful rectangular diamond engagement ring was presented by Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Camilla had been his favorite woman for a long time, including before his marriage to Lady Dee. So, after learning that Prince Charles had prepared a set of rhinestones for her as a Christmas gift. she commented: "And I thought that unfaithful husbands cajole their wives with something worthwhile."
Today, most Russians wear a simple gold ring on their ring finger. But in fact, there should be two. The first ring, with a diamond, is given to the girl at the engagement, and only then, on the wedding day, another one joins it - smooth but in harmony with the style.
A potential bride can get her first ring long before the wedding. This is a Western tradition.
Such a ring is called a "promise ring" ("promise ring"). Giving such a "promise" is quite a modern custom. As a rule, a girl gets it from her friend before graduation. This means: although we are going to different colleges, I intend to continue the relationship, and I want it to grow into something more than just a school romance. "Promise ring" has one exciting feature: this ring should not be too expensive. Otherwise, the girl's family has the right to decide that this is not a "promise ring" but a real wedding ring. And this is an entirely different story...
The chosen one receives the so-called engagement ring (engagement ring) with the marriage proposal. In Russia, this tradition is not very widespread yet. The Russian language has no exact definition for the future bride's ring. The engagement ring did not always appear from the box casket. It was hidden in a flower bud, tied to a balloon, attached to pet collars... Some girls even found the coveted ring in soup, salad, hot, or dessert during a romantic dinner in a restaurant. One of the most critical questions: what to do with an engagement ring after the wedding? There are several options. You can take it off and wear only the wedding ring, you can "move" the ring with the stone to any other finger or wear it on a chain, or you can leave it on the ring finger along with the wedding ring. In the West, engagement to the wedding day varies from a few days to a year or more. From this moment until the wedding, the bride must wear the engagement ring without removing it. It is usually worn on the left hand's ring finger (on the right) in some countries. This custom has existed since the time of the ancient Romans. And now the long-awaited wedding day has come – it's time to put another jewelry ring on the finger of the chosen one. This ring is called a wedding ring in the West or a wedding band (wedding ring). In modern Russia, the differences between engagement and wedding rings, as we have already said, have not yet been ultimately determined. Therefore, you can often hear about the engagement ring, "the bride's wedding ring," and about the wedding ring - "the wife's wedding ring."
A wedding (or, as we usually say, an engagement) ring is just a circle of precious metal. In most countries, this ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand, in Russia, as in some other countries, on the ring finger of the right hand.