Friday, September 24, 2010

Diamond Wedding Rings – Symbols of a “Happily Ever After”

  No other piece of jewelry has ever been associated with commitment as often as diamond wedding rings.  These rings symbolize financial as well as emotional investments.  This may lead you to ask, when did this tradition come into being?

3,000 years ago in India

The deep history and heritage of wearing diamond studded wedding bands consists of varying stories.  One of the most well believed story is that 3,000 years ago in India, diamonds were given high value.  Diamonds have the ability to reflect light and were thus believed to have powers that could drive away evil spirits.  Diamonds were thought to have had magical powers to perform medical wonders like healing of wounds.  Around the middle ages, this outlook changed into valuing diamonds for their worth instead of the “magic” they were thought to possess.  Of course, given the value of the lifelong commitment of marriage, diamonds are a natural choice to place on rings that will embody this precious commitment.

European Tradition

In Ancient Rome, diamond rings make the last among a series of gifts given during engagement. Another set of diamond wedding rings are given on the wedding day to symbolize the ongoing nature of a lasting marriage.  After the first child is born, a trilogy ring with three brilliant-cut diamonds is given to represent the past, present and future of the marriage union.    

Historically speaking, the wedding ring is connected to the exchange of valuables during the wedding.  It used to represent a contract between two families and an assurance of the economic safety of the newlywed couple.  However, it has evolved to symbolize eternal love and devotion. It is now more than just a contract but a real connection between individual lovers instead of two families. 

Regardless of where the tradition has originated, weddings bands are now worn by couples as an outward confession of loyalty.

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