The history of the wedding ring, and Engagement Rings, is a long and storied one. The rings have been worn by countless cultures all over the world for thousands of years—and to this day, they still hold an important place in our culture.
But where did these rings come from? And why did they become so important? Let's take a look at some of the interesting facts behind these two symbols:
- Wedding rings are believed to have originated with ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians wore special rings on their fingers as a sign of their status, and even had special rings made for specific purposes (like weddings). These rings were made out of gold or silver and were decorated with symbols such as ibex horns and crocodile heads.
- The Romans adopted the custom of wearing wedding rings around 400 BC, and they were worn until around 400 AD. They were also known as "love knots" because they were shaped like love hearts!
- In medieval times, wedding rings were worn by men and women alike—but only royalty could wear them on their fingers (or else it would be considered bad luck). By 1000 AD most Europeans had begun wearing wedding bands instead of crowns.
- The first wedding ring was probably made from a piece of gold or silver from a knife, sword, or other metal object.
- The earliest engagement rings were made from gold and silver coins.
- The word "engagement" comes from the Old French word for "to bind" (engaindre) and is related to the German word for "to agree."
- The first rings with stones were often made of gold wire or silver wire twisted around a toothpick or other small item to hold the gems in place. This is still done today, but now it's called an "engagement ring."
8. When it comes to the design of wedding rings and Engagement Rings, tradition reigns supreme—so much so that some couples have been married in their wedding bands for centuries!