It is believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt dating back as far as 3,000 years ago. Evidence of braided rings of hemp or reeds are noted of being exchanged among a wedded couple.
This was also the origin of the practice of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand, which the Egyptians believed to house a special vein that was connected directly to the heart
During the 1500s and 1600s, European husbands would bestow a ‘gimmel ring’ upon their wives. A gimmel ring consisted of two interlocking bands. The bride and groom would each wear one of these bands after their engagement, and the two bands would be reunited at the wedding ceremony.
This was a style of ring that was popular during the Renaissance. It came in the form of a band of sterling silver, inscribed with a poem or similar expression of love.
In 1942 British wartime restrictions on the manufacture of jewellery resulted in “utility” wedding rings which were limited to a mass of no more than two pennyweights and were made from 9ct gold rather than the traditional 22ct.
Nowadays wedding rings are often made of red, white or yellow metals like coloured gold‘s or platinum and can be adorned with diamonds. It can be common to have an engraving on the inside of the ring include the name of one’s spouse, or of both spouses, and or date of the wedding, and possibly a phrase of special meaning.