The practice of giving and wearing a wedding ring dates back thousands of years. A wedding ring is the representation of fidelity and love between two people and is given on the day of a couple joining forces. Before the time that the skill of how to work metal became widely recognized, people used such things as plants, grass and even hair to ‘tie the knot’, which is what I think a ring stands for.
These days a typical marital ring might be made from valuable metals such as gold, titanium, platinum or even white gold. Women’s marriage rings often hold a diamond, although sapphires are quickly becoming more prevalent. Men’s wedding rings are often just a plain band of gold. There are numerous distinctive styles of rings, but the most well-liked for men is absolutely the plain gold band.
For those who desire something a bit more flamboyant, there are a lot of examples on the market. A man might want a more ostentatious marital ring, because it is often the only piece of jewelry that a man wears. A number of alternatives to the plain band of gold are the Celtic Knot and the Claddagh gold rings.
It is important for men’s rings to be made from a robust alloy of gold. Most men do physical labor of one sort or another, even if it is only gardening, so it is a lot to ask of a pure gold ring to last thirty or forty years. A 14 or 18 carat gold ring will almost certainly manage it, but a 22 carat ring would not. It would just wear away since it is too pure and consequently too soft. Platinum or titanium is much harder, though the majority of people have a preference for gold.
In the majority of countries tradition dictates that people wear their wedding ring on their left hand, although in a couple of countries such as Germany, Russia and Norway, people wear their wedding ring on the right hand. A number of couples would rather have unique wedding rings and that is not so difficult to achieve as it might first appear to be. The easiest way to personalize your ring is to have an inscription like names and a date engraved on it.
Another way would be to buy a precious stone separately and have the jeweler set it into the ring for you. The best choice though is to find a jeweler you can trust and have him or her make up a pair of identical rings to your own design. I have done that and it is not a lot more expensive than a good ring.
Wearing matching wedding rings is an extraordinary experience. People witness that your ring is ‘something different’ and lots of people ask where you got them from. It all goes to help make that special day unforgettable forever.