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The history and tradition of wedding rings

The wedding ring has a long and wide spread history. For the origins of the wedding ring we need to look to the deserts of North Africa.  It was there that the ancient Egyptian civilization emerged along the fertile flood plains of the river Nile.  The Nile brought fortune and life to the Pharaoh’s people and the first wedding rings were crafted from plants growing on its’ banks.  Wedding rings were made from the sedges, rushes and reeds, growing alongside the well-known papyrus along the river.

The wedding ring, in more modern times, is a metal ring, usually gold, indicating that the wearer is married and therefore not available for traditional dating. It is worn on the base of the right or the left ring finger and was originally worn exclusively by wives.  However, wedding rings became customary for both husbands and wives in more recent times during the 20th century.

In several traditions, it is the duty of the best man or maid of honour on the wedding day to keep hold of a couple’s wedding rings and to produce them at the symbolic moment of the giving and receiving of the rings during the traditional marriage ceremony.

After marriage, the ring is worn on the hand it had been placed on during the ceremony. The married couple publicly declares their eternal love for each other through the symbol of the wedding ring.

The friendly retailers in Hatton Garden can help you find the perfect wedding ring for your big day.  Among the lively cluster of retailers in the diamond quarter of London you will be able to browse at leisure to find the nuptial rings of your dreams.

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