I trained as a silversmith in a special program sponsored by Mission Taiwan, although my purpose was only to work with metals to enrich my knowledge in the area of sculpture, I can not deny that after the course I learned to appreciate and respect the jewelry trade.
Of course, I can not divest myself of my artistic veins, so when it comes to jewelry, drive me crazy contemporary designs. Looking at these models, I thought John was should have happened to give me a ring for our wedding like one of these and although they are all very different, they have details that fascinate me.
And speaking of partnerships, the first wedding rings were exchanged in a marriage, symbolizing the link between the protagonists. Probably in the origins of this tradition, in its pagan beginnings, there would be a sexual component or connotation, the action itself still represents a penetration: the finger is the male phallic symbol and the ring represents the female sexual symbol, by introducing the ring on the finger, a penetration is personified.
One of the oldest practices for which there is evidence on the use of wedding bands dates to the era of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Although this practice was possibly earlier, data is available for this ritual from 2700 BC, during the Third Dynasty of Ancient Times. The links between Egyptian marriages were sealed giving rings which, by its circular shape, embodied eternity, infinity, an endless line of love that had been sworn or promised. The rings were usually made of fabric, but they were also made with other materials, including metals. If you belonged to a high social caste, they were made of gold. Egyptian couples renewed their commitment to love each other yearly and renewed with new rings.
Around 1500 BC, the Hebrews also carried out the practice of exchanging wedding bands, with the difference that the rings were introduced in the index finger as to this day. It is believed that more or less at the same time, in India, the practice of exchanging wedding rings was the same: practicing the same symbolism, but the rings were worn on the thumb.
In the Ptolemaic period, the Egyptian ritual would have been adopted and adapted, and, in turn, would have spread throughout the Hellenized territories. More than likely, it was the Greeks who took the habit of using the ring on the ring finger due to its anatomical classification, because they thought that a vein that communicated directly with the heart ran through this finger, so the symbolism of eternal love was even greater, and this vein was called “the vein of Love.” The commitment of love and loyalty existed while the heart thumped inside the carrier, which means “to death”. Another innovation that we attribute to the Greeks is that of inscriptions inside wedding rings, symbolizing the union with the initials, or name of the person who contracted marriage, and the timing of the rite.
Later, the Romans eventually adopted this tradition, preserving the meaning it had for the Greeks, since they shared the anatomical principles and treaties of the Greeks. Possibly, and symbolizing the strength and durability of this material, and evoking the god Saturn, in most cases were made with iron.
Although the tradition is preserved, when selecting a wedding ring I was shocked to see innovations like this one.
Another ancient practice was simply giving the bride a jewel or a valuable item, which should be revisited, given that not all of us like to get ornaments.