Wedding ring

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A wedding ring is also called a wedding band. It is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, also known as the ring finger.



The ring is worn by each spouse to symbolize a commitment to fidelity. It is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because before medical science determined the workings of the circulatory system, it was believed that the blood ran directly from this finger to the heart.


The wedding ring, according to some, is the last in a series of gifts. This series includes an engagement ring and a promise ring. The jewelry market has recently introduced the concept of an eternity ring, given to symbolize the renewal and continuing love in a marriage. It can be given after the birth of a first child or at a significant anniversary.

In Europe, one tradition dictates that the name of the spouse and date of the marriage be engraved in the rings to strengthen the symbolism and meaning of the rings. This also enables the ring to become a family heirloom.

During the wedding, the best man is in charge of keeping track of the rings and producing them at the correct time. A ring bearer may parade the rings down the aisle on a special cushion or pillow.

In some countries, the wedding ring is the engagement ring. Its status changes through the engraving and a change of the hand on which it is worn.

In some countries, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand (Germany, Norway and Chile, for example).


Wedding bands are traditionally a precious metal. However, in situations where a ring of the appropriate size cannot be found, a symbolic substitute, like a rubber band, may be used.

Typical metals used in the construction of a wedding ring are gold hardened with copper, tin and bismuth or platinum and white gold. Titanium has recently become a popular choice.


A plain band is the traditional favorite style for wedding bands. Women usually wear narrow bands; men prefer to wear a thicker style. A common pattern in French-speaking countries is a band with three interwoven rings to represent faith, hope and love. Some men wear puzzle rings, interlocking metal bands that men must arrange to make up a single ring, which women give as a test of chastity (since even if he masters the puzzle he is unable to remove it and replace it quickly). It is a popular practice to engrave wedding bands.