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Wedding Rings Information

A wedding ring, as a rule, worn on the fourth finger (thumb included) of the left hand in many parts of the world. The reason being that it is a belief that the Latin name "vena amoris" or "vein of love" ran directly from the heart to this finger. Other parts of the world wear it on the right hand (eg. Russia, Chile, Poland, Germany to name but a few.) The majority of rings are made from precious metals, gold or platinum, with the recent rise in popularity of of non precious metals such as stainless steel, Titanium, Zirconium and Tungsten. These non precious metal rings are often inlaid with precious metals and diamonds to enhance their appeal.

The wedding ring signifies commitment and loyalty to a marital partner and is more commonly women who wear this symbol, but due to the rise in popularity of alternative metals, men are now fast approaching acceptance of wearing a ring also.

Engraving the inside of a ring is a tradition encouraged to personalize the band and to help cement the relationship also adding sentimentality. Normal inscriptions include the name of the partner together with the wedding date on the inside of the ring, although it is not unusual to engrave lines from meaningful songs and weird messages known only to the couple.

Plain flat or domed rings are the two most popular styles. Another style commonly known as a "Russian" ring is of three fine rings woven together to make one. The three rings symbolize, love, hope and faith.

Some cultures favor puzzle rings - interlocking rings assembled in order to form one ring and Celtic style bands are increasingly popular in English speaking countries - the Celtic knot symbolizes oneness and continuity."

by Alan Hadley, UK
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