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How Well Do You Know The History Of The Wedding Ring?

posted in Various
01/01/2015
  • 1. The wedding ring has always been worn on the third finger of the left hand.
    For most of recorded history it has; however, when George I ruled England it became fashionable to wear it on the thumb. Although, it was placed on the left finger during the wedding ceremony. Even today, Greek-Orthodox brides wear the ring on their left ring finger while engaged, and then move it to their right ring finger after marriage.

  • 2. Why is the ring a circle?
    It's a symbol for eternity. It has no beginning and no end, like time.
    The Egyptians', along with other ancient cultures, symbol for eternity was a circle. The shape also represented the sun and the moon, both worshiped by the Egyptians.

    3.At what age did the youngest known bride-to-be first wear a ring?
    2 years old
    Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, wore the tiniest engagement ring on record. She was 2 when betrothed to the 7-month-old dauphin of France. Neither this ring nor the bride made it down the aisle.

  • 4.Why is the ring worn on the third finger of the left hand?
    Ancient Egyptians believed the third finger of the left held a special vein or nerve with a line directly to the heart. It was passed on to the Greeks when Alexander the Great conquered the Egyptians. The Greeks then passed it to the Romans, who called it "vena amoris."
    The third finger of the left hand was also considered the safest place for the ring, as most people were right-handed and it could only be extended in the company of another finger.
    Another lingering explanation is that the left hand symbolizes a wife's

  • submission to her husband. Romantic!

    5.Real or Fake: A common German proposal went like this: "I give you this ring as a sign of the marriage which has been promised between us providing your father gives with you a marriage portion of 1,000 reichsthalers."

    Real
    Rings were often given on the condition that the dowry was met, though it was rarely stated more directly than in this common clause of German marriage proposals.

  • 6.When did engraving rings become popular?
    The Renaissance β€” It became popular to add a religious or poetic quote to the outside of the ring. The inside came later.

    Engraved rings became popular during the 16th and 17th centuries. Popular engravings ranged from the religious ("I have obtained whom God ordained") to the romantic ("Without my love, I backward move").

    7.What were the first wedding rings made of?
    Plants
    Plants on the banks of the Nile in Egypt made the first wedding rings. Sedges, rushes, reeds, and papyrus were twisted together and braided into rings.

  • he rings lasted about a year and were later replaced with something longer lasting, like hemp, leather, bone, or ivory.

    9.Christians have always used rings in wedding ceremonies.

    It was not until the late ninth century that Christians began exchanging rings with vows. The rings were gaudy and ornate, and the Catholic Church declared it "heathenish." They were never banned, but also never encouraged.

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