One jeweller tells me that a popular wedding band in 1938 was the old-fashioned one of yellow gold with small beaded border. Those who want something a little more elaborate usually decide between fishtail or channel settings. The latter has a solid row of diamonds while the fishtail design is made up of smaller settings pronged effect. We may grow blase about marriages remaining permanent, but sentiment felt for engagement or wedding rings rarely ever dims one permanency apparent in rapidly changing world.-1938
More Wedding Trivia History of the Ring! Thanks to Noreen Tyers
The use of the wedding rings was first recorded in ancient Egypt. Interestingly, say the Gold Information Centre, many of the early historical gold rings were too large to wear and were purely ceremonial or symbolic. Because the ring was traditionally a seal by which orders were signed (i.e., signet rings bore emblems whole impressions were stamped on important documents), it was regarded as a mark of the highest friendship and trust by those who received it. For that reason, the rings was adopted for the marriage ceremony to signify that the wife was admitted as a sharer in her husband’s counsel and a joint partner in his estate. During the late Roman Empire, the engagement or betrothal ring became the first article of gold ever worn by the Roman maiden, replacing the earlier ring of iron.
It was believed that the gold ring symbolized everlasting love that would never tarnish, just as the metal of which it was made. Ancient Egyptian writing by Appianus reveal that the wedding ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand because this finger was believed to be connected by an artery to the heart, and this notion persists today. A writer in the late 17th century referred to this artery as a “vein of blood, called vena amoris, which passeth from the finger to the heart”. Curiously, in some cultures the wedding ring was worn on the third finger of the right hand. This was the custom in England until the end of the 16th century, except for a brief period during the reign of Henry VIII when it was fashionable to wear the wedding ring upon the thumb. It is said that the marriage of Queen Mary to Philip of Spain in 1544 did much to establish the prestige of the plain gold wedding band. After much discussion as to the proper ring for the royal marriage, Mary declared that she preferred to be married with “plain hoop of gold like other maidens.”
A ROMANTIC MYTH In a fair and far off-country, many centuries ago, a kind, young king was married to a princess he loved so. Together they lived happily, until they learned one day that duties were to force the king to journey far away. One night before he left as he walked through the palace grounds he tossed, into a moonlit pool, some pebbles he had found. As the lovely ripples widened from where the little pebbles fell, the king stood thinking quietly of the wife he loved so well. And remembering, on the next day, the circles he had seen, he had a gold ring made to fit the finger of the queen. “There’s no ending or beginning to the circle of this band”, the king said to his wife as he slipped in on her hand. “And that’s why I have chosen this golden ring to be a pledge to you – “my love will last through all eternity”. And so since then, a golden ring has been the symbol of the beauty and devotion and the endlessness of love.