History of wedding bands

History of wedding bands

History of wedding bands

The Wedding rings They are jewels that represent the sentimental and physical union of two people in an eternal or infinite love. Therefore, the choice that is made of them is one of the most important moments when it comes to getting engaged and getting married.

Even though they are elements that have been used for many years within the ritual during the wedding, very few people know what the history of the Wedding rings and how its evolutionary process has been carried out. If you are thinking of getting married and you want to know this interesting aspect, here we are going to tell you about it.

 

Wedding bands, what is their origin?

So far, there is no record with the exact date that the bride and groom began to wear wedding bands as a symbol of their love and union.

However, some research indicates that in Ancient Egypt the ring was only worn by the woman, since they were the head of the home and guarded the family assets.

The design of these wedding bands was intertwined and they were made with material that came from the cane, with some decorative elements that distinguished one ring from another.

It was towards the middle of the 20th century when men began to use wedding bands, but since the Second World War it became a trend that remains until today, since soldiers who fought in battles used to wear them as a valuable souvenir. of the love they felt for his family and his wife.

 

How did wedding bands evolve?

The material with which wedding bands were formerly made was not durable at all, which is why over the years they began to be made with another type of raw material that made them much more resistant elements.

This is how there are records of rings that were made with leather, wood and ivory, which are considered as the predecessors of the alliances that are used today.

Formerly, it was believed that the love of a man towards his wife, could be measured through gifts, gifts or presents, that is, the more expensive a gift was, the love was supposed to be greater.

Gradually, each of the cultures in any part of the world appropriated this custom, with a somewhat distinctive touch, according to their belief system, popular culture and customs.

This is how the Romans adopted the tradition of giving this jewel to their beloved wife, as a representation of the love they felt for them and as a symbol of property. At the time, alliances were made of iron and had the meaning of permanence within the marriage and the strength of love between the spouses.

Finally, the Christians were in charge of integrating this tradition in all their ceremonies and marriage rituals, to such an extent that from the 18th century the custom of giving the ring to the husband or wife began, as an important symbol of the union of both.

 

What are the types of wedding bands in history?

 

Byzantine Rings

Byzantine wedding band 

Gold ring, Early Byzantine period 6th – 7th century. Image: British museum

 

In the beginning of history, jewels were used as ornaments, to show social status or amulet. During the Islamic and Byzantine periods they were also used for weddings.

During the Middle Ages, once Christianity became an official religion, the figure of Jesus blessing the bride and groom began to be represented.

 

Fede rings

Fede Engagement Alliance

Fede ring, 16th – 17th century.  Source:  British Museum of Art 

 

The Fede ring appears in Rome for the first time in the 3rd century. The word “Fede” comes from the Roman phrase “mani en fede” which means hands that come together in faith or loyalty.

 

Poesie- Posy Rings

Wedding Ring Post

Poesie – Posy Rings, 17th century.  Source: Met Museum of Art

 

Already in the Elizabethan era, the custom of giving simple gold earrings was created to show love for the contracting party. These rings had the characteristic of having poetry “poesy-posy” that corresponded to short verses engraved on the outside of the ring. Later they were made indoors as it is done today.

 

Gimmel Rings

Gimmel wedding ring

Gimmel rings with memento mori, 17th century.  Source:  MET Museum of Art

 

Name  “Gimmel” comes from the Latin word “gemellus” which means twin. And the ring consisted of two interlocking rings. The couple was engaged and wore these two rings separately to join them later in the ceremony as a symbol of confirmation of consent.

 

Jewish marriage rings

Jewish marriage ring

Gold jewish wedding ring with filigree, blue, green and white enamel. 16th to 19th century. Source: British Museum 

 

Wedding rings have also been an important part of Jewish customs in the past when it comes to marriage.

At the end of the Middle Ages and later in the Renaissance they were performed with foligrams, inscriptions and enamels for the marriage ceremony.

These rings  represent a  gabled roof, alluding to the  Temple of Jerusalem, and they also have a small secret chamber, where it is inscribed  Mazal tov  in Hebrew it means good luck.

 

Claddagh Ring

Claddagh alliance weddings

The Claddagh Ring  (Ireland), is a  variant of the Fede ring. They appeared in the seventeenth century. This ring consists of  two hands  holding a  crowned heart.

 

Current and personalized wedding bands

 

Personalized wedding bands

Nowadays, all the couples that are engaged in marriage have the habit of choosing totally personalized wedding bands, thanks to the fact that they are made with fine metals such as gold, silver or a combination of both. Therefore, they can include details that represent something special between the two.

Even the engagement ring can also be personalized, according to the tastes and preferences of the bride.

So nowadays these jewels usually have a much deeper meaning, as they relate directly to the relationship of each couple that gets married, without distinction of their beliefs or the religion to which they belong.

 

On German Jeweler You can find the largest catalog of wedding bands in Madrid. Apart from our models, you can customize your own alliance with our 3D design service.

Av / Concha Espina 5, Madrid

www.germanjoyero.com

 

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