Most people know that wedding rings are a symbol of eternal love. What many don't know is that the tradition of wearing wedding rings is actually a fairly recent one. In fact, the wearing of wedding rings is less than 150 years old! So, why do we wear them? Let's take a closer look.
The earliest recorded tradition of wearing jewelry to denote marital status dates back to Ancient Egypt. Egyptian hieroglyphics show men and women sporting circles of gold and other precious metals on their fingers. Researchers believe that these circling bands symbolized eternal love and prosperity.
While the Egyptians might have been the first to wear marital jewelry, it wasn't until the 14th century that wedding rings became common in Europe. It was around this time that Pope Innocent III decreed that marriage was a sacrament—and thus began the association of weddings with religious ceremonies. Wearing a ring during the ceremony became a way for couples to show their dedication to one another and their faith.
Not all couples could afford expensive rings, however, so they would often use simple metal bands. These plain bands were perfect for engraving with bible verses or other religious symbols as a way to further cement the spiritual connection between husband and wife.
It wasn't until the late 1800s that diamond engagement rings became popular. This was thanks in large part to De Beers, who ran an advertising campaign featuring the now-famous slogan "A diamond is forever." The campaign was so effective that by the early 1900s, 80% of all engagement rings contained diamonds!
So, there you have it—the history of why we wear wedding rings! While the tradition might be relatively new, it has quickly become an essential part of getting married for couples all over the world. Whether your style is simple or flashy, your wedding ring is a Symbol of your love and commitment that will last a lifetime.