What is necessary for a wedding? Part 1: Wedding ring.Wedding … At each of us the relation to this event. For someone is only a festive ceremony, for someone - an important step, and for someone formality. And still, no wedding can be presented without wedding rings!!!
Buying rings on a wedding, we do not think of an origin of this tradition. Actually at a wedding ring very rich history. And all people always had a respectful relation to a wedding ring. The closed form of a ring represented eternity, expensive metal - a precious intensity of emotions of future spouses.
Throughout many centuries people attached to a wedding ring almost mystical significance - to influence destiny of a married couple. If to reflect, then the set of the signs connected with it will occur.
For example, loss or breakage of a wedding ring is perceived as a harbinger of separation and destruction of marriage.
It is impossible to allow to someone to measure the ring. To drop a ring to or during wedding it is also considered a bad sign.
Parents can give the wedding rings only if experience of their family life was successful.
How long there were rings, it is difficult to tell, but connect their emergence with Ancient Egypt. Here they had only to a family and marriage no slightest relation. At that time rings used to emphasize the high status of the person. The Egyptian Pharaohs used massive metal rings not so much as jewelry, and as the personal seals for important documents.
The betrothal ceremony for the first time appeared at Romans: the groom gave to the bride`s parents a simple metal ring as a symbol of obligations and ability to support the bride.
At Jews the ring appeared to replace custom to hand to the bride a coin as confirmation of gravity of the intentions.
Initially the ceremony of a betrothal was more important than the wedding. The wedding was considered as simple completion of successful engagement. Only much later, at the time of formation of Christianity, the ring became part of a wedding ceremony. But also it occurred not at once. At the end of the 2nd century AD of the spouse began to exchange bronze rings at a betrothal. In the 3rd century wedding rings became gold, and in the 4th century for the first time began to use them in a ceremony wedding. Put on a ring a ring finger of the left hand at Catholics and right at Orthodox Christians. Was considered that this finger has a vein of love which goes straight to heart.
By the way, the smallest wedding ring was in the history made in 1518 for the princess Mary, Henry VIII`s daughter. Engagement took place when the bride was 2 years old, and to the groom only half a year!
Today concepts “ wedding ring “ and “ wedding ring “ are perceived as synonyms, but actually have absolutely different values. The wedding or pomolvochny ring was brought by the groom to the bride during engagement. And wedding rings (wedding) are put on to the groom and the bride during a wedding ceremony. In Russia the concepts “ wedding “ and “ wedding “ a ring merged in one for one simple reason. In 1755 the Holy Synod connected engagement (betrothal) to wedding. Thus, procedure became simpler, was in day of wedding to transmit through the family of a ring to the priest enough. However, for old time`s sake they continued to be called “ wedding “.
In Soviet period began to register marriages not in church, and in the REGISTRY OFFICE. But the tradition remained to put on rings during a ceremony.
In our century of free customs so-called rings of love appeared. Such rings are given each other by the man and the woman, having lived in common some time, not having got married among themselves. Rings of friendship are intended for absolutely young people or for the divorced couples.
Eras, outlooks, customs changed, but symbolical value of wedding rings remained invariable. But their forms and styles constantly changed.
In the 13th century simple trihedral rings enjoyed wide popularity. The sample of such ring is stored in the Nuremberg museum. On inside of this ring the characteristic inscription flaunts: “ In me fidelity “.
In the 14th century during wedding exchanged simple smooth rings.
The century of knightly culture was replaced by a luxury era. So, for example, in the 15th century at the Royal Courts of Europe wedding rings with the Indian diamonds became fashionable. Historians believe that the first such ring in 1477 was received by Maria Burgundskaya during engagement with Maksimilian Avstriysky.
In the 16th century gold and silver rings with motives of the hands connected together are widely adopted. The whole collection of such rings is stored in the museum in Prague.
Two next centuries returned fashion on simple smooth rings again. Change of tastes found expression only in height and width of a ring.
At the end of the 19th century Charles Lewis Tiffany developed new design of a wedding ring which became the classical standard of a wedding ring with diamond. In such ring diamond fastened by means of a frame which as if lifted diamond and did it more visible. The wedding ring with the largest diamond is in a collection of the famous movie star Elizabeth Taylor. Only ponder: diamond weighing 74 carats!
The range of wedding rings considerably extended after World War I: there were rings with an engraving decorated with a so-called valtsovanny wire, lapidary rings, rings with jewels, various on a gold shade etc. of
there are about 140 kinds of wedding rings Today. However, what rings you would not prefer, let they, as well as in olden days, mark love and will bring you happiness.