Wedding rings are symbols of love and commitment, shared by two people to the next stage in their marriage. They come in all styles, and shapes and sizes. The tradition of exchanging rings dates back to the early times when it was a sign of fidelity and a way for couples to pledge their everlasting love.
A wedding ring or engagement ring is normally a small finger ring worn by the man who is about to marry, that symbolizes his eternal love for the woman. It’s usually made of solid metal and nowadays is mostly forged of platinum or some other precious metal. The cost of such rings vary according to quality and design, but they’re usually affordable to most people. Some people believe in the power of the love bond between two people and so they wear wedding bands even after being engaged.
The classic diamond is still one of the most popular materials used for rings, although you’ll notice a lot less of them these days. Diamonds are considered to be a status symbol which makes them expensive. However, there are alternatives like cubic zirconias, sapphires and emeralds, which can look just as good. There are also alternative gemstones that look just as good as diamonds. These are usually referred to as “matching set” rings.
For some part of the world, tradition calls for a white gold wedding ring. While this may be fine for most people, those who want to wear something a bit different might want to opt for titanium rings. This is because titanium is a very beautiful metal that’s a lot more affordable than the white gold. Alternatively, you could choose to wear a platinum wedding ring with matching gold engagement ring.
The tradition of exchanging engagement rings also goes back to ancient times. In ancient Roman times, the engagement ring was often made out of ivory. In addition to ivory, the ring might also be covered in gold or silver. This was done so as not to mar the ivory when it was being used in the ring. Eventually, gold became the more preferred metal for engagement rings.
The trend over the last few decades has been towards non-diamond rings. For example, rings include rubies, sapphires and other gemstones. While they are not technically diamonds, they are still considered to be fine jewelry and appropriate for engagement rings.