Holes in these things represented the gate in another world. But result was unexpected: someone, probably pretty Egyptian woman decided, that this thing must look good on her finger.
This story resulted in, that all her jealous friends started to reject wooings before they get such a ring (of course, better than her neighbour has). Of course, this story doesn`t pretend to be historical truth, but looks trustworthy, isn`t it?
We won`t describe all thousands of years of wedding ring`s evolution. It is long, boring, and isn`t interesting at all. To cut long story short: Egyptians understood, that rings made of herbs aren`t long-living (and who wants to make new ring every single week?), and switched to metal. Romans liked this idea and adopted this ring-tradition. They started to make rings from metal and gave them to their sweethearts as a symbol of eternal love and devotion. Of course, ordinary metal wasn`t very convincing proof of love for women, so very soon men had to lash out on precious metals.
But wedding ring became the obligatory attribute of marriage only during the Renaissance. Rings were made of silver with jewels inlay. It wasn`t enough for ladies, so very soon rings were made of gold. Nowadays ordinary clerk has to search for a ring at the reasonable price to satisfy his fiancée.
Historically, the wedding ring was connected to the exchange of valuables at the moment of the wedding rather than a symbol of eternal love and devotion. It is a relic of the times when marriage was a contract between families, not individual lovers. Both families were then eager to ensure the economic safety of the young couple. Sometimes it went as far as being a conditional exchange as this old (and today outdated) German formula shows: ‘I give you this ring as a sign of the marriage which has been promised between us, provided your father gives with you a marriage portion of 1000 Reichsthalers’. You see, even if not go into details, the historical way of this mysterious jewellery is very difficult. And what about modern ages?
There is an opinion, that wedding ring indicates that person is married. Usually bride and groom exchange therie wedding rings during their wedding ceremony. But what about engagements? Is the ring, which is given to fiancée in sing of engagement is the same thing as the wedding ring? First question, do you remember old times? Yes, wedding rings were more like the signatures on the contract between two families, while engagement ring was more personal thing.
Engagement ring is worn only by woman and it is presented as engagement gift by a man to his prospective spouse while he proposes marriage or directly after she accepts his marriage proposal. Now it also represents a formal agreement to future marriage. Thank God, tradition of arranged marriages is gone, and we can decide, whether we want getting married or not and who would be our future spouse. But traditions are still alive and we follow them with great pleasure and sometimes expenses.
As the curtain fell, let me add a few more words about engagement rings. Many keep them in order to hand it over to son, grandson, or nephew, or any male relative when he is going to propose. Taking the words out of your mouth, what to do if the size doesn’t suit, I will hint that there are fine jeweller workshops, were the size can be brought to the necessary. Remember, if you really love each other, names and materials don`t matter. Just love and be loved in return!