Wedding rings are the most important part of every wedding ceremony. They symbolize the union of husband and wife. Did you know that in some countries and cultures, they have different myths and legends about wedding rings?
According to Egyptians and other cultures, the ring is a symbol of eternity because it is round. For them, it has no beginning and no end. The round shape of the ring was the same as the sun and moon that were worshiped. The hole in the center of the ring is also important for them because it symbolizes gateways or doors.
Nowadays, most of us wear the ring on our third finger of our left hand. Most of the people I know when asked why they are wearing the ring on their third finger of left hand, usually answer, "Because it is closest to the heart". This is the belief most of us believed. My mother said that is because the vein on the third finger of the left hand connects to the heart. Why in the left hand and not in the right? Well, aside from the reason that the left hand has veins to the heart, other people also believe that when the groom faces his bride and reaches out to her with his right hand, he would normally touches his bride's left hand. Thus, the ring is placed on the left hand finger.
Rings also come in different colors. When you are getting married, you have to choose between gold, platinum, silver or white gold. Although in Irish folklore, they believed that it is bad luck if you get married and your wedding ring is not made in gold.
There's also an old wives' tale that a wedding ring can predict the gender of a baby. I remember my grandmother telling me that dangling a wedding ring with a string over the belly of a pregnant woman can affect the gender of the baby. According to the myth, if a string with a wedding ring swings in a circular motion, the baby would be a girl. However, if the ring swings like a pendulum, the baby is said to be a boy.
Today, most couples do not believe with these myths and folklores. I, too, do not believe in these. For me, wedding rings are all about faith and love. If the couple love each other dearly and if they have faith in their union, then nothing can harm their marriage. It will all root back to the wedding ring. Regardless of how they wear their rings, or what color or material their rings were made, the most important is the unending love symbolized by their wedding rings.
We are now in the modern times and wedding rings come in many designs and color. Although some couples prefer traditional wedding rings, there are still couples who love to have unique, exquisite and contemporary wedding rings. Nowadays, wedding rings come in many designs and not just plain bands. There are now wedding rings with stones and exquisite details. The most common are those wedding rings with diamonds.
Now, what are wedding rings for? Of course, they do not revolve in folklores or myths. Wedding rings are for couples who believe not in folklores but in the everlasting love and commitment for each other.