The Rings of Engagement and Marriage

rng023dRings are a beautiful tradition of married bliss. Rings are often in wedding photos with a closeup shot of the bride and groom’s hands. After the proposal a woman will often show off her ring to everyone she possibly knew in her lifetime. But why have rings become such a popular tradition of weddings? They didn’t just start popping onto wedded couple’s hands of their own accord since the beginning of time. So where did they originate? And what are the most popular wedding ring styles that people get today?

Why Are Rings Used For Marriage and Engagements
It is believed by some people that the concept of wedding rings may have started in Ancient Egypt. The rings were often just bits of papyrus braided in the shape of a circle that was presented to someone as a symbol of love. Ancient Romans later adopted the tradition but used iron to create their bands. These rings were given to claim a woman so others would know that she was betrothed. Early Christians later on used the rings for their marriage ceremonies. Rings are likely a continuing tradition of marriage because of the circular shape of the band essentially meaning everlasting. Circles are symbolic of infinity and neverending. This means giving a wedding ring to someone means a person’s love or bond to them is forever.

Popular Styles for Engagement Rings
An engagement ring may come in the lovely options of a solitaire style on a gold or silver band (this means with one diamond), a solitaire with side accents (this is when a ring has one diamond and some smaller diamonds on the side of it), or a three stone ring (a ring with three diamonds). Of course there are other styles. It’s even becoming more and more popular for people to design their own to have something completely unique to propose with.

Weddings Rings for the Bride
The bride often has either a simple gold or silver wedding band, a bridal design (one large diamond with smaller diamonds accenting the entire band of the ring), or a solitaire style (with one diamond). Couples even get matching bands. Wedding rings are also customizable from many vendors to give the wedded couple the ability to create their own. Many people even opt for other gems that diamonds if it’s what the bride prefers. Many grooms either get a simple gold or silver band, although some do get a band with diamond accents.

The style of wedding ring should never depend solely on what is most popular. As a symbol of everlasting love the ring itself should be a design that is everlasting for the couple.