Wedding bands represent a lot of things, but most important might be the eternal and enduring bond between husband and wife. While they are only a piece of jewelry, they signify so much that we tend to value them among our most cherished possessions.
When one elderly German man lost his wedding band while tending his garden, he felt just awful. But his wife was reassuring, and told him that it would turn up sooner or later. After his wife passed away, the man felt miserable until six months later when he got a wonderful surprise. You are going to love this.
The elderly German man had lost his ring while working in his garden. About six months after his wife passed, he was pulling up some carrots when he discovered that his ring had slipped onto a baby carrot months earlier and the carrot had grown up around it.
He posted pictures of the funny looking carrot and his ring on social media for everyone to see. Now we know that the promise he and his wife made to each other really is forever.
We thought it would be nice to look at the history of the practice of exchanging wedding rings and share our findings with you here.
According to Wikipedia, It is widely believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics dating back as far as 6,000 years ago, including papyrus scrolls, show us evidence of braided rings of hemp or reeds being exchanged among a wedded couple. Egypt viewed the circle as a symbol of eternity, and the ring served to signify the never-ending love between the couple. This was also the origin of the practice of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand, which the Egyptians believed to house a special vein that was connected directly to the heart, otherwise also known as Vena amoris.
The Western traditions of wedding rings can be traced back to ancient Rome and Greece first associated with dowry and later with a pledge of fidelity. The modern exchange of rings originated in Europe in Middle Age as part of Christendom. In the United States, wedding rings were initially worn only by wives, but became customary for both husbands and wives during the 20th century.
The double-ring ceremony, or use of wedding rings for both partners, is a 20th-century American innovation but has been used elsewhere before. The US jewelry industry started a marketing campaign aimed at encouraging this practice in the late 19th century. In the 1920s, ad campaigns tried introducing a male engagement ring, but it failed due to the necessity that its advertising campaigns make secret appeals to women. Marketing lessons of the 1920s, changing economic times, and the workplace impact of World War II led to a more successful marketing campaign for male and female wedding bands, and by the late 1940s, double-ring ceremonies made up 80% of all weddings, as opposed to 15% before the Great Depression. Rising expectations of equality between the sexes in nearly all spheres of life during the 20th century cemented the trend, and double-ring ceremonies remain preponderant in the US in the 21st century, causing some orthodox religious authorities to struggle to harmonize their single-ring traditions with a couple’s desire for a double-ring ceremony.
In Western countries, wedding rings are often made of rose, white or yellow gold, platinum, palladium or, more recently, silicone. The perpetuity of noble metals is thought to symbolize the steadfastness of the marriage bond. Common engravings on the inside of the ring include the name of one’s spouse, or of both spouses, and/or date of the wedding, and possibly a phrase of special meaning. In many countries the engagement rings are plain while the bride’s wedding ring typically has jewels.
According to some customs, the ring forms the last in a series of gifts, which also may include the engagement ring, traditionally given as a betrothal present. This custom was practiced in Ancient Rome and is possibly much older. In modern egalitarian societies both parties often contribute to the purchase of engagement and wedding rings, choosing them together, as a modern woman is ever less of a dependent subject of the father to be handed over to dependency on a husband. In some countries the wedding ring is traditionally a gift from someone else to help a young couple.
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