What is the most iconic wedding symbol of all?
It is the circle. This come from long ago with the Pharaohs of Egypt who saw the circle as a symbol of eternity and really embraced the simple geometric shape.
The circle has no beginning and no end, so that’s why it symbolizes what it does and frankly, when it comes to a wedding, you want that eternal touch to it.
But it wasn’t the Egyptians who actually introduced the idea of a wedding ring, although they understood the connection of the vein of love – which runs from the heart to the tip of the fourth finger (counting the thumb) on the left hand.
It wasn’t the Romans either who made the idea of a wedding ring common as many may think. It was later than that, as it was those medieval folk who came around after the fall of the Western Roman Empire who really made it popular to put a ring on it. Yes, it was those Middle Age masses who started the wedding ring bling craze, even though you aren’t talking about diamonds commonly being handed over back then, as common gems available were things like the ruby or the sapphire and it was more likely to be iron than gold or silver too for the band itself.
Which leads us to…
Ladies, do you want to know why your partner is out there, picking his jaw up off the floor and digging deep down in that wallet to get you that diamond ring? Thank Archduke Maximilian of Austria who, in 1477 started the diamond engagement ring trend by giving one to Mary of Burgundy when he wanted her hand in marriage. His extravagance is the reason why people flash the cash on engagement diamonds to this very day. You’re welcome!