Wedding Ring Symbolism: Learn the History

By Kim Allarie

Different cultures around the world offer varying insight into wedding ring symbolism. During history, the wedding ring has represented different notions while maintaining a rather typical theme. The circle of the ring is continuous, meant to be without a single seam. This represents the continuous nature of marriage, vows, and love.

There have been times throughout history, in varying cultures, where the woman accepted the ring as a sign of being owned. Her need to remain committed to the vows was believed to be greater than a man's need to remain true to the wedding vows. Infractions, in principle, could lead to death for a woman.

Throughout history there has been magical significance associated with the wearing of rings. They were once thought to have protective or magical powers of protection for anyone who wore them. Blessing them or chanting and canting were considered to impart an additional protective force. In conventional wedding ceremonies of nearly all denominations the rings are blessed before they are exchanged. This tradition dates back to the days when the rings offered protection.

Why do we place a wedding ring on the left hand? Why do we wear it on the third finger? Not all traditions agree with this idea and there are a lot of cultures that wear the wedding ring on the right hand. The basis of such a custom can be traced back to Ancient Rome. The Romans were certain that this finger contained a specified artery that ran uninterrupted from the hand to the heart. This artery was believed to be only in the third finger of the left hand.

During history the left hand was not a fighting hand. The right hand could be used to draw a sword, and later a gun. The left hand was considered to be the hand that denoted a peaceful motion, and thereby could be depended on when it moved rapidly or wildly. While this notion has passed with time for progressive societies, there are still societies that hold fast to the opinion that the left hand is weaker and not as adroit.

The ring itself is typically rather plain, although Celtic customs require a finely adorned ring that's attentively and personally decorated. The basic nature of the wedding ring is believed to have its origins in universal understanding. In contrast to other rings, which can be worn simply for beauty, a simple band would be a symbol recognized everywhere and by everybody.

Throughout world history and world cultures the wedding ring provides protection and announces the marriage in plain and clear language. There's no need for explanation when a wedding ring is in sight. This has helped keep the symbolism of the wedding ring alive and flourishing.

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