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Wedding rings are initially a cultural tradition that holds true to religion, and beliefs date way back to the Ancient Egyptian and Roman eras. Nowadays, Wedding rings and bands are worn with a modern perspective that takes its roots from the ancient civilizations that started wearing bands as a symbol of love and fidelity.
The Ancient Egyptians believed that the circle is the symbol of eternity. Many thought that the hole in the center represented a gateway leading to future life and events. This belief can also be found in other ancient civilizations like Rome and Greece.
Because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in the fourth finger, called Vena Amoris, had a vein that ran straight to your heart. They deemed the fourth finger as the "ring finger" and had the wedding rings worn there. This enabled the ring to be connected deeply with matters of the heart and as a symbol of relationships.
In ancient Egypt, wedding rings were made out of natural substances such as hemp, bone, leather, and ivory. In ancient Rome, wedding rings were actually used as a symbol to purchase a bride from her father. This was looked at as the property of the bride. Later on, people invented metal wedding rings, but these were more of wealth status and not of love due to the financial hardships many had. But when was it that wedding rings became a female proposal? It started when the man, aka the groom, simply started giving the bride an expensive golden ring.
It is essentially a means of trust from the groom to bride to behold his worldly possessions.
Many other interpretations of wedding rings worldwide, like East Asian culture, would have a ring as a statement of a legal contract. Their rings are designed to be a puzzle, and if the ring came off, the groom or husband would know that his bride took it off. Over time, additional gems, diamonds and metals were used to make rings symbolic of love and commitment.
For nearly all of the time, right up until the 20th century, wedding rings had been exclusively for women. They were either given to their fathers as payment, all the way to given to the woman to be worn as a symbol of owned & loved.
However, during WWI and II, men started to want to wear rings as a symbol of their love and also as a promise of coming home. The men would wear their wedding rings during the war to indicate remembrance and commitment to their beloved wives at home.
When picking out your man's wedding rings, people like to say it is a "collaborative" process, but oftentimes the bride will buy the groom's wedding band to reciprocate their love after receiving an engagement ring. Although, with that being said, men want to take part and pick out their wedding ring. This is why this process is often a collaborative one.
A plain gold band used to be the standard style for a man's wedding ring, but nowadays, there are many more options out there. The rings' styles are a classic dome profile, carved beveled design with etched edges, diamond bands, alternative bands, and silicone.
The most popular metals for men's wedding bands are gold, platinum, palladium, tungsten, titanium. Each metal has its strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the ideal metal type depends on your man's personality and lifestyle.
White gold is probably the most popular ring for men, but it contains nickel. Many people are allergic to nickel, so if you are, get a different type of ring. Rose gold is increasing in popularity for its rosy and champagne hue. This is from mixing pure gold and copper. Choose a metal that will fit well with his everyday style and ensure that it’s something that he will want to wear always and forever.
The average price of a wedding band for a man can be anywhere from $100 to $2,000. This solely depends on the metal and materials you choose to have. Wedding bands with diamonds are certainly going to cost more than a traditional gold band. Additionally, a platinum ring is going to cost much more than a gold or tungsten band.
There are various finishes like high polish, sand-blasting, milgrain and hammered finish. When there are various finishes and metals within the same band, it can be more expensive to create the band. If the ring is simpler, it will be less expensive. However, metal finishes don’t add a significantly high cost to the wedding band.
This really depends on how much you want to spend on a wedding band, what metal you choose, and if you want embellishments such as diamonds or gemstones. You could be looking at $100 up to $2,000.
The traditional route is that the bride will purchase her groom's wedding band.
Professionally speaking, you should look for bands 3-4 months before your wedding. This way, you are sure to have them a month before your wedding, and it also leaves time allotted should shipping take longer than anticipated.