Over the whole of Europe it also became fashionable for a time to have gems set into wedding rings. Most had a significance, red Ruby was the colour of the heart, blue Sapphire reflected the heavens, but unsurprisingly the most coveted gem was and still is the Diamond. The word Diamond, comes from the Greek word Adamus which means “The Unconquerable”. A fitting description of one of our hardest substances , and an appropriate representation of the covenant of marriage where it represented invincible strength. Ancient Greeks believed that Diamonds were delicate splinters of falling stars that offered the wearer power and protection, this is similar to the belief in India where Diamonds were first discovered.
America was slow to catch onto the “Double Ring” ceremony, it wasn’t until the 20th century and the beginning of WWII that men began to wear wedding rings, this was mainly as a reminder of their wife back home. It was the possibility of the unknown, if or when they might return. Many couples married in anticipation of separation, the wedding band represented solace for those young men on lonely days, and a reminder for the brides their far away husbands had something to remember them by. By the height of the war 85% of marriages were dual ring ceremonies, today every year, more than 17 tons of gold is made into wedding rings.
As history shows us the wedding ring is a tradition that dates back many centuries, it is used by many different religious groups and nations and still today there are many different customs and beliefs associated with the wedding ring. Most people wear their wedding rings day and night as a show of their love, thus causing an indentation in the skin that remains visible even when the ring is absent.
Could this be the modern day representation of the devotion to ever lasting love?