A Long Standing Tradition
If someone is curious about whether a woman is married, the first thing they often do is look for a ring on her finger. Be honest, you have done it before! The presence of a gold ring on a woman’s left or right hand has indicated marriage from the earliest times. Wedding rings for women have been common throughout the ages, with the main change being the style of the ring itself.
Wedding rings for men are now as customary as wedding rings for women, but the tradition for women extends much further back in history. Likewise, the styles of wedding rings for women draw upon that rich history to offer women many antique, vintage, classic and modern styles to choose from for their wedding rings.
Wedding rings for women, also referred to as wedding bands, symbolize marriage in many ways. Rings are round, with no beginning and no end, marking the eternal nature of the love between married couples.
A circular ring also returns to itself from both directions, symbolizing the bond of trust within a marriage, and that the husband and wife turn to each other and rely on each other throughout their lives.
In earlier times marriage was often a physical and economic union that did not start out as a bond of love. One historical meaning of wedding rings for women is the joining of two families materially. The ring was provided jointly by both families, symbolizing the commitment to the marriage union and the future of the couple. Another historical meaning of a groom giving his bride a wedding ring is to symbolize that he trusts her with all his worldly goods.
In many traditions, wedding rings for women are worn on the left ring finger. The ring finger is the third finger from the thumb. It is believed that the vein of the third finger runs directly to the heart which is the seat of love. That is why that finger is the traditional finger for wearing the wedding ring.
Early materials of wedding rings for women ranged from hemp or leather to more durable materials like bone and ivory. As metalworking became more common, wedding rings for women were crafted from iron, copper and eventually gold. Gold is now the standard material for wedding rings, but rings are also made from other metals like platinum, titanium or silver.
Solid wedding rings have been the standard for many years, but adding diamonds is becoming more and more popular. Look at this image for example, it contains a subtle touch of sparkle, a single diamond in a solid band. They style shown here, in 3 gold colors: Diamond Wedding Band Comfort Fit. The style shown above adds a bit more sparkle: Diamond Three Stone Wedding Band.
At one point the wedding ring was shaped as a key, for a groom to show his bride that he trusts her with his heart and his home. Some countries in Europe fashioned the wedding ring from three interlocking rings, each ring representing faith, hope and love. A Russian wedding ring tradition was to fashion each wedding ring for women from three metals: rose gold, yellow gold and white gold.
No matter what your tradition is, wedding rings for women represent the lasting marriage bond. The many different styles available today are each a fitting testimony to the partnership symbolized by the ring.
Hand Crafted with Love
All wedding rings from Mazal Diamond are designed and crafted in our very own factory. Each style is available in platinum or 3 gold colors: yellow, white or pink. All of the hand selected diamonds must meet out high quality standards. To view the full collection, visit: wedding rings.
In addition to being hand crafted, all jewelry from Mazal features 100% conflict free diamonds. If you are not familiar with the term conflict diamond, or blood diamond, you should learn about it. It’s a serious issue for our family, 3 generations in the diamond manufacturing business. In short, they are diamond that are sold in order to fund armed conflict or civil war. We work almost exclusively with russian diamonds, a country which is known for its strict adherence to the kimberley process. For more information, read our Conflict Free Guarantee. We also invite you to tour the Mazal Diamond Factory.
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