Ring Origin

The French believed the blood vein on the left hand ring finger was the only vein directly to the heart that’s why we wear the wedding ring on our left hand.

Wedding rings symbolized many things in the different cultures that have used them throughout the history of man. Initially, traditions indicate that a man placed a ring on the finger of a woman simply as proof that he “possessed” her. The ring was placed on the left hand, considered the weaker side of the body, to indicate the submission of the woman to the man.

More romantic notions were added with the thought that the “ring finger” contained a vein that ran directly to the heart. Also added at some point was the thought that this circular design implied an eternal bond (“till death do us part” is the more modern concept).  Egyptians even attached significance to the circle within the ring, using it to symbolize the unknown. Truly, no newly married couple knows with certainty what the future will bring.  Interestingly, it seems the history of wedding rings for men didn’t begin until World War II, when a man would began to wear a ring as a reminder of their wife back home.

More romantic notions were added with the thought that the “ring finger” contained a vein that ran directly to the heart. Also added at some point was the thought that this circular design implied an eternal bond (“till death do us part” is the more modern concept).  Egyptians even attached significance to the circle within the ring, using it to symbolize the unknown. Truly, no newly married couple knows with certainty what the future will bring.  Interestingly, it seems the history of wedding rings for men didn’t begin until World War II, when a man would began to wear a ring as a reminder of their wife back home.
Want to know more about wedding traditions such as this one and many others to incorporate into your own wedding? Visit: http://www.chicagopaganweddings.com  or Contact Rev Pam at  847-873-7463.