Exchanging Rings

Exchanging Rings

Wedding rings today are a billion dollar sentiment of love, and no one really knows when this age old tradition actually started. The tradition of exchanging rings has a very special significance.  The shape of a ring is a circle, and the ancient symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end. The round ring with space in the centre, is not just considered space, but rather a gateway, leading to things and events both known and unknown. It also represents the boundaries of marriage that both parties should respect when they take their vows to each other.

Interestingly, in many countries even today including many European Countries like, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland and Austria, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand and not the left, and even more interestingly, in the Jewish tradition, the groom places the ring on the bride’s index finger and not on the “ring” finger.

No wonder it’s a big thing to choose the right ring, as you will most probably be wearing “the” ring for a number of years, if not until the day you die.  It’s never been more difficult to make such a life-long decision.