A wedding ring is more than just an icon of love and commitment—it’s a constant reminder that you’ve made a vow to your spouse. It carries with it all the memories of happy times and good times, big and small, you’ve shared together. And putting it on every day is a reminder that you’ve chosen to prioritize them above all others in your life.
It’s also a symbol of being open and honest about being in a committed relationship with your partner. Wearing your ring publicly is an indication to the world that you’re serious about your marriage and won’t “fake it.” And when you and your partner are separated or apart, your rings are a reminder of your unbreakable bond.
The circle of the ring is a common symbol for eternity and never-ending love. But a piece Father Stephen Wang wrote for the CNS blog “Bridges and Tangents” a few weeks ago caught my attention. The British Catholic theologian is a regular contributor to the website and writes a weekly column called “Bridges.” The article discussed the importance of wedding rings as a way to show one’s commitment to a marriage and that a person can’t be wearing his or her wedding ring without recommitting to it.
Many couples have a lot to think about when it comes time to choose a wedding band. There are countless styles, colors, widths and materials to choose from. Some couples opt for a simple, sleek metal; others prefer intricate etching and designs that transform the metal into a work of art. Some rings are just plain while others have diamonds or other stones embedded in the band.
Another consideration when selecting a ring is how it fits your lifestyle. You’ll be wearing your ring every day for the rest of your life, so it should be durable and functional. For example, if you work with your hands or engage in other activities that require the use of your hands, consider a more durable material like platinum or tungsten that can withstand more wear and tear.
A reputable jeweler will have many options to help you select the right wedding ring for your lifestyle. They should be able to offer a variety of different materials, styles and sizes and also provide maintenance tips. Both Murthy and Neal recommend that you soak your ring in a mild bath of soap and water to clean it about once a month. They also advise having your ring professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year.
Most people who get married chose to wear their engagement ring on the fourth finger of their left hand, which has been referred to as the “ring finger.” The Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger to the heart, so it seemed appropriate to place the ring here as a sign of love and commitment. Whether this belief is true or not, the tradition continues today.