Custom wedding rings aren’t a popular trend today. Surprisingly, they have been around since the time of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. They were first given as a part of marital dowry. Engagement rings were a part of Christendom in the customs of the Europeans during the middle ages. That is where the modern exchange of rings is derived from.
For several years, it was tradition for wives to wear wedding rings in Canada, and America. During the 20th century, they became customary for both spouses.
The Historic Wedding Ring Styles
Similar to the diversity of designs available today, there were several types of rings in ancient times, each a unique and innovative design. Some of them are listed below:
- Gimmel rings
Gimmel rings were a popular gift in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. They were gifted to wives by their husbands. The ring consisted of two bands that could be interlocked, quite similar to the puzzle rings. After their engagement, both the bride and the groom wore the two bands, and after the wedding ceremony, both the bands were given to the bride. Hence they were reunited.
- Poesy rings
This type of ring had a poem inscribed to its band, hence the name, ‘poesy’ ring. It was quite popular during the era of the renaissance. Typically, the band was made from sterling silver.
- Byzantine ring
The ring depicted the bride and the groom being united by Christ.
- Fede Ring
The Fede ring is another ring popular in Ancient Europe. The ring’s design was a representation of two hands clasped together in betrothal.
Even today, the stones and designs for wedding rings aren’t just chosen because they are aesthetically pleasing instead, they are chosen on the basis of what the stone or the design symbolises.