What Hand Does Your Wedding and Engagement Ring Go On?
Depending on culture, a wedding ring is typically worn on the base of the left or right ring finger, if the wearer is left handed often it will go onto the right hand. Many spouses wear their wedding rings day and night, causing an indentation in the skin that is visible even when the ring is removed.
Wedding rings have been in use since the time of the Egyptians, though they became widely popular in the ninth century. It was thought in Roman times that there was a vein that ran directly from the third finger to the heart.
Because of this symbolic connection, it was this third finger that was chosen as the site for rings of love. That practice eventually spread to many other parts of the world.
Of course today we have a better understanding of body’s circulation, however, tradition has stayed.
The fourth digit or ring finger of the left hand has become the customary place to wear a wedding ring in much of the world, though in certain countries the right hand finger is used. This custom was practically established as the norm during World War II.
The use of the fourth finger of the left hand (the ‘ring finger’) is associated with an old belief that the left hand’s ring finger is connected by a vein directly to the heart: the vena amoris or vein of love. This idea was known in 16th and 17th century England, when Henry Swinburne referred to it in his book about marriage. It can be traced back to ancient Rome, when Aulus Gellius cited Appianus as saying the ancient Egyptians had found a fine nerve linking that particular finger to the heart.
Occasionally rings have been re-purposed to hang from bracelets or necklaces.
Wedding rings are often forged of gold (or gold plated), palladium, platinum, argentium, silver, titanium, tungsten, or more recently, silicone. The perpetuity of noble metals symbolizes the permanence of the marriage. Common engravings on the inside of the ring include the name of one’s spouse, the names of both spouses, the date of the wedding or a phrase of significance to the spouses. In many nations the engagement rings are plain while the bride’s wedding ring commonly is bejeweled.
Many brides would like to order custom bridal jewelry, but I don’t want to go over budget. Here are a few tips to help you find affordable custom bridal jewelry.
The cost of your custom bridal jewelry will be based on a few things namely design, materials and time. A simple pendant necklace with colors from your wedding on a chain is a simple, but lovely design for the bride as well as the bridesmaid’s jewelry. In this case the bride would have her necklace designed to match her dress. I suggest a color from her dress or a bead similar to one on her gown. The bridesmaid’s pendant necklaces could be a one color or a combination of colors from her shoes and dress or some other color in the wedding. The next thing to think about is what materials will be used in your custom jewelry.
If you use precious metals like sterling silver and 14kt Gold or 14kt Gold-filled, your cost is more. If you opt to go with base metals, your cost will be cheaper, but after a few wear the metal finish will wear off never to return to its original color. Also, glass pendants can be very pretty, but if you want your wedding jewelry to sparkle, Swarovski crystals add the perfect amount of sparkle to your design. Time also plays a part in the total cost your custom bridal jewelry. The more time or elaborate you design the more your custom jewelry will cost.
Ring sizes can be measured physically by a paper, plastic or metal ring sizer (as a gauge) or by measuring the inner diameter of a ring that already fits. Ring sticks used to measure the inner size of a ring can be made from a variety of materials including plastic, delrin, wood, aluminium, aluminium with wooden handle and so on. Digital ring sticks also exist.
There are several systems for denoting the sizes of jewellery rings in use around the world: • In the United States and Canada, ring sizes are specified using a numerical scale, with quarter and half sizes. An increase of a full size is an increase of 0.032 inch (0.8128 mm) in diameter, or roughly 1/10 inch (more precisely, 0.1005 in or 2.55 mm) in inside circumference. • In Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia, ring sizes are specified using an alphabetical scale, with half sizes. • In India, Japan and China, ring sizes are specified using a numerical scale, that only has whole sizes, and does not have simple linear correlation with diameter or circumference. • In Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and Switzerland, ring sizes are specified as the circumference minus 40mm. A 50 ISO was a 10 in Switzerland.