The rite of marriage rings was taken from the pagan ceremony among the Romans referred to faithfulness.
Formerly the husband tied her ankles and wrists of his beloved with rope made of herbs, since according to the ritual, so the soul of his beloved would not leave him soon. Over time both the material and the place where this symbol of marriage changed stood.
Rings herbs were replaced by leather, but due to its rapid deterioration was decided to make polished stone, however did not like much although they were very resistant, so subsequently metals, specifically gold and silver were chosen to processing.
In acualidad alliances can be white gold and platinum bearing engravings on the inside of the grooms name and date of bond.
The first rings
About 4800 years ago, the Third Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt was the first to use a finger ring, because for the Egyptians, the circle is devoid of beginning and end, so it is traditional symbol of a wedding means the unlimited (eternity ) and this was, in a sense, the commitment of marriage.
Gold rings were the favorite of wealthy Egyptians and later the Romans.
The Roman woman who was married and belonged to a middle class public proudly displayed his gold ring, whereas when he was at home wearing an iron ring.
The design of wedding rings
As for the designs of the rings, it used to have some meaning in earlier centuries, as some Roman alliances had a miniature key welded to them; this meant key according to Roman law, a marriage contract in which the wife was entitled to half of her husband ‘s fortune, and he could when he wanted, snagging a bag of grain, a piece of linen or any other well you have in store for your home.
Placing Wedding Ring
The ancient Hebrews placed the wedding ring on the forefinger and India was placed on the thumb.
The Romans imitating Greek anatomical charts, adopted the same practice, only they decided better what was the third finger, then referring to the finger next to last.
He also became the “healing finger ” Roman physicians used to remove the drug mixtures, as was assumed that the vein in this finger reached the heart.
Meanwhile Christians continued this practice, but walking the fingers up to the vein of love. The groom began by first placing the ring on the tip of the index finger of the bride while she uttered the words “in the name of the Father ,” then said ” Son” moved while the ring finger of her partner and finally proclaimed, ” and the Holy Spirit, amen ” through the ring on the third finger. This was known as ” Trinitarian formula “.
In the East, where the rings were considered purely ornamental and destitute objects, no matter where the finger is placed.