Despite their modern appearance, the wedding ring is steeped in tradition and has been around in some form for a long time, and has symbolized many things throughout history.
What is a Wedding Ring or Wedding Band?
A wedding ring is a finger ring typically made from precious metal and exchanged between two people in a wedding ceremony to indicate that its wearer is married.
And the difference between a wedding ring and a wedding band is that a wedding ring is a band paved with diamonds or gemstones, while a wedding band is made up of a plain, simple band. The only real difference between the two is preference.
Today there are countless options with numerous materials and styles to choose from to express your love and to make it all the more personal.
What Does a Wedding Ring Symbolize?
A big part of the wedding ring’s symbolism comes from its shape. The circular shape used to fit the finger, but also symbolizes infinity. There is no beginning nor end and so, it represents eternal love and commitment within a relationship.
The circle has also been seen as symbols for God in Christian faiths, symbolizing heaven and the perfection of God as well as the everlasting nature of God.
Other Similar Rings and their Symbolism
Engagement Rings are given from one partner to another as part of a marriage proposal. It indicates that the person wearing it is engaged to be married.
Promise Rings, also referred to as a friendship ring or pre-engagement ring. They represent a promise, most commonly a promise to become engaged at a future time but can also represent a promise of continued friendship or other commitments.
Statement Rings are used to, well, make a statement. They are meant to be bold and eye-catching. What meaning they hold or whether they even have one is up to the wearer.