Wedding Ring Facts - History and Tradition
It is believed that the wedding tradition was first introduced by the Egyptians who some 4800 years ago twisted plant material (such as hemp) into rings and put them on the finger of their wives. They considered the round symbolism of wedding rings to be linked to an eternal love. Ancient Egyptians chose the third finger of the left hand to put ring because of their belief that this finger has the ''vena amoris'' or vein of love, which is directly connected to the heart.
The wedding ring is a symbol of never-ending love, devotion, and loyalty. The Egyptians were the first one to introduce the custom of placing a ring on the finger of their wifes.
The wedding ring is a symbol of unending love and eternity, not just for the ancient Egyptians who was the first to adorn their rings with it, but also for the present generation. The ring is like time, it has no end and no beginning.
The origin of the finger ring is to be found in pagan superstitions and idolatrous practices such as the superstitious use of finger rings as charms, amulets, talismans, and as aids to the worship of various pagan gods. Today, the wedding rings have completely lost their pagan meaning.