Wedding rings

Wedding rings and the exchange of wedding rings symbolize the serious, sincere desires of two people to belong to each other for life. Engagement and wedding rings are a tradition that has come from time immemorial. Many nations used the ritual of exchanging engagement and wedding rings in order to prove all the sincerity and openness of the feelings that have arisen.

It is not exactly established how long ago the rings appeared, but their occurrence is definitely connected with Ancient Egypt. Since ancient times, the Egyptians used a strip of gold closed in a circle, which they put on the middle finger. It was believed that the artery from the middle finger goes to the very heart; it was a symbol of the eternal and true love of two hearts.

The rite of betrothal first appeared among the Romans. The groom gave the bride's parents a simple metal ring as a symbol of commitment and ability to support the bride. At that time, marriages were made on a contractual basis.

Initially, the betrothal ceremony was more important than the wedding itself, which was considered a simple completion of a successful engagement. Much later, during the time of Christianity, the ring became part of the wedding ceremony. But this did not happen immediately. Only at the end of the 2nd century A.D. e. couples began to exchange bronze rings during their betrothal. In the 3rd century A.D. e. gold wedding rings began to be used, and in the 4th century they were first exchanged at marriage ceremonies.

For the Orthodox, the wedding ring was worn on the ring finger of the right hand, for Catholics - on the left. It was believed that this finger has a vein of love that leads directly to the heart. Over time, this belief has become a universally recognized tradition.

In Rus', wedding rings were put on long before the wedding for the bride and groom, sometimes even from childhood. After the parents discussed and recognized the union of the young. The girl wore a golden ring, a sign of purity and purity; the boy wore a silver one, emphasizing his strength.