The wedding ring is a tangible sign of the mutual effort. To choose with my heart and together. And if already the Egyptian pharaohs wore a ring, round, without beginning or end, symbolizes eternity, were the Romans to give this subject the task of finalizing the commitment of the marriage contract. In the Middle Ages they began to realize the gold bands, with high symbolic value stones, such as ruby for the passion and sapphire that reflects the color of Heaven, but also with diamonds, evocative power, strength and indestructibility.
The wedding ring is a tangible sign of the mutual effort
Today the most common forms are the francesina, thin and slightly curved; the mantovana, higher and flatter; the crossed one more look, the more essential flat or band with beveled edges. All three colors of gold, white, red and yellow, are allowed for the wedding ring: the choice depends solely on the taste of the couple and also the fashion of the moment. The most exclusive alternative may be to choose the precious platinum, very shiny and unalterable. Inside the rings they are usually made engrave the wedding date and the bride and groom’s name.
About engagement rings dates back to the seventeenth century the ring with both hands outstretched to embrace a little heart. A charge of symbolism still present today in some parts of Europe.
The Claddagh, traditional wedding ring of the West Connemara, Irish region, takes precisely this pattern: two hands shaking around a heart on which there is a crown. The legend teaches that if your heart is turned to the outside, the person who wears it on the ring finger of the left hand is free; conversely, if the heart looks inside, then it means that she is engaged.
Used both as a promise ring as true and proper wedding ring, it is part of the cultural luggage tied to the wedding of some French regions, such as Brittany and Normandy.
Also in Bolzano and South Tyrol’s engagement ring in silver gilt refers to this romantic image of two hands holding a heart, a crown or a flame.
The ancient Umbrian wedding ring in silver, dating from the fifteenth century, is characterized by an engraving depicting the face of a woman or the faces of a woman and a man, facing each other to symbolize the two future spouses, in amid which blossoms a flower bouquet. Internally the engraving of the phrase “Amore volo vole fe”, which means love flying and want loyalty, affirms the single nature of the bond and the beloved. The Etruscan wedding ring is flat and decorated with engravings cards, while that of Sardinia is like a tatting lace.
Ossolana wedding ring, headband in red gold, bears the engraving of an edelweiss, buckwheat, woven ribbons and half spheres, symbolizing purity, respectively, prosperity, fertility and perpetual union.
Is inspired by a relic found in the fourteenth century in the Alsace ghetto, the Jewish wedding ring: filigree enamel and adorned with beads, bears an engraving inside auspicious, “Mazzàl Tov”, which translates sounds like good luck. When the groom gives the bride, she utters the phrase “Here, with this ring you are sacred to me, according to the law of Moses and Israel”, underline the importance of this gesture is both from the religious point of view that civil.
Among some Africa tribes the wedding ring is made by the headman using materials that could be defined as “recovery” of straw or leaves, cut into thin lists to give life to a high-end rings, thin, with relief decorations.
In India the jewels are particularly important to the bride, who will start the ritual with your fingers, including the thumb, completely ringed. Of different styles and materials, they are embellished with stones that hide a deep symbolic meaning, chosen in relation to the stars and the zodiac sign. Every Indian knows his “rashi ratna”, the stone that corresponds to the day of birth to coincide with the astrological sign. The power of this very personal stone is beneficial even in love and marriage fertility. The diamond, which in the Indian tradition has negative properties, acquires positive only if given: it favors a prolific and prosperous life. A curious note concerns “the aarsi”, the ring to take to the thumb of the hand, characterized by a small round mirror that served the bride, completely covered by a veil during the ceremony, to observe without being noticed the groom, ever seen and known before that time.
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