Knitting Hearts: The Timeless Symbolism of Wedding Rings

Knitting Hearts: The Timeless Symbolism of Wedding Rings

The Marriage Ceremony as we now know it seems to have come from the Ancient Greeks except for the wedding rings  tradition. However, the simple yet profound circles of precious metal, today, hold a significance beyond time and culture. The exchange of these symbols of love and commitment is a tradition rooted in ancient customs and profound symbolism.


4th Century Byzantine wedding ring Photo credit:

Diverse as the cultures that embraced them, the origins of wedding rings compare to those of the wedding kiss. Historians trace the practice of exchanging rings back to ancient Egypt, where reeds and rushes were fashioned into rings symbolizing eternity. These rings were exchanged between couples as a token of their unending love and commitment.

Another folklore traces wearing wedding rings back to the 2nd Century though evidence exists to show that Greeks wore metals with romantic inscriptions representing love, passion and fidelity like the Hercules Knot which has its origins as a charm in Egypt but was popularised by ancient Greeks.

Ancient Roman Gold Ring with Hercule’s Knot Credit:

In ancient Rome, wedding rings, typically made of iron, became etched in history. The circular shape represented eternity, without beginning or end, while placement on the left hand’s fourth finger was the belief that it connected straight to the heart by "vena amoris," or the vein of love.

Christianity also later jumped on to this wedding bands bandwagon, incorporating them into marriage ceremonies as symbols of the divine union blessed by God todate. The circular shape represents the unending bond between husband and wife, mirroring the eternal love of Jehovah.

15th Century Byzantine ring Photo Credit:  With these rings

Wedding rings continued to evolve throughout the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, with gold bands taking center stage due to gold’s rarity and symbolic value. The more Intricate the designs and engravings, the more significant and cherished the symbol of love and commitment shone.

The Jewish Gold Ring Circa 10th Century Credit: With These Rings

In modern times, exchanging wedding rings remains a central part of marriage ceremonies across cultures and religions. While materials and designs differ, the symbolism remains constant: a promise of love, fidelity, and devotion that transcends time and space.

The bands continue to serveas tangible reminders of the vows made on that special day, symbolizing a lasting commitment between husband and wife. Whether simple gold bands or elaborately designed gemstones, they bear witness to the love story shared by two individuals embarking on the journey of marriage.

The modern wedding and engagement rings Credit: Nyom Planet

When couples exchange wedding rings, they uphold a tradition that spans centuries, weaving them together with generations past and future. Deeply rooted in ancient customs and symbolism, with the tradition evolving over thousands of years rings remain a cherished symbol of love and unity. In a rapidly evolving world rings serve as universal anchors and timeless symbols of the shared values of love, honour, and commitment.

In exchanging these rings, couples not only affirm tradition but also uphold their commitment to each other, creating a bond that is as enduring as the rings themselves. If you are looking for some rings or have any other need for your upcoming wedding, don’t be shy to write to us at or better still visit the vendor page at

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