The History of the Wedding Band
Platinum wedding rings, be them plain platinum wedding rings or elaborate diamond platinum wedding rings, have all become increasingly popular over the last decade, as the shift in style has moved away from the traditional gold jewellery which was popular during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
We all know a wedding ring is worn on the left hand to indicate that the wearer is married. The tradition of wearing a ring began in Europe but has since spread further a field to other cultures. Initially, it was only the wife that wore a ring but during the 20th century, it became customary for both parties.
In some customs the wedding ring is the last in a series of gifts or presents to the female in the relationship. This would usually follow a platinum engagement ring that would generally be given as a betrothal present. It is believed by Historians that this tradition has been in existence since Ancient Roman times and may even be much older.
The exchange of wedding rings or platinum wedding rings is not strictly part of the wedding service among Eastern Catholic Christians; they tend to be swapped at the betrothal, which usually always involves the exchange of two rings, given to the women either by the best man or the priest.
In many traditional wedding ceremonies the best man or head bridesmaid are in charge of looking after the platinum wedding rings and would normally produce them at the alter in at a very symbolic time, right at the end of the ceremony as a means of sealing the union. Certain ceremonies involve the wedding ring being paraded into the ceremony on a cushion but this tends not to be the case in traditional British weddings.
Historically, the wedding ring was not just a representation of love, devotion and eternal union but also involved an exchange of money or valuables, which represented a formal contract between the families of the married parties. The idea behind this tradition was to ensure a degree of financial freedom and economic safety for young couples just starting out in life.
The exchange of two platinum wedding rings, one for him and one for her is a reasonably new concept. During 19th century America, the jewellery industry began a large scale marketing campaign with the aim of promoting and encouraging this practice. By the end of the 1940s, ring ceremonies where the man and the women exchange rings had risen from 15% to 80%.
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