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“With this ring, I thee wed” are the most beautiful words ever spoken. These words bring a man and woman together in a bond of eternity. This is done by slipping a ring on the brides and grooms fingers during a marriage ceremony. The engagement ring plays a most important role in bringing two hearts together in love for a lifetime.
Is is no wonder that engagement rings are chosen with extreme care, because they are for a lifetime (hopefully). Men’s engagement rings are usually made in plain metal, and women’s engagement rings made with precious stones, like diamonds and other gemstones. These days even men may wear rings set with precious stones. There are gold engagement rings, white gold engagement rings, platinum engagement rings, and many more.
Engagement rings come in different styles, like plain ones and engraved ones. Engagement rings should match the personality of the bride and of the groom. There are matching engagement ring sets available for the couple, that are made with the same metal and set with the same precious stones. That makes it all the more exciting actually. Imagine both of you wearing similarly styled rings.
The engagement ring is a symbolism for love that has no end and goes in circles (aka the circle of love). Did you know that in certain communities, it is considered bad luck to buy the wedding rings along with the engagement rings?
The engagement ring is worn on the ring finger. The hand on which it is worn depends on the tradition of each country. In the Western World, it is worn on the left hand, and in some other countries, it is worn on the right hand. The reason why it is worn on the ring finger is because in ancient times, the ring finger was considered to be the love finger.
There is a custom in Europe to engrave the spouses name and wedding date inside the engagement ring. Depending on the culture, it is either the ring bearer, who is usually a small kid bringing the rings on a pillow, or the best man that is in charge of the engagement rings, and he presents them at the time they are needed.
If you are making arrangements for your wedding day and buying engagement rings, it would be nice to keep in mind the traditions and meanings of the engagement rings. Although many people are opting not to follow a traditional wedding, it makes it more fun to include some of these traditions and make it a memorable day for you, with memories flashing in front of your eyes for years to come, whenever you look at your engagement rings. Let your engagement ring tell a tale of love.
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