Published at Saturday, 21 September 2019. Wedding Ring. By Zacharie Auberjonois.
In 2011, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com published an in-depth report on engagement and wedding statistics in the United States. It looked at how much the engagement ring and wedding jewelry is worth, what kind of rings the grooms are purchasing and how people are proposing nowadays. ”Jewelry is a significant part of the wedding experience and the 2011 Engagement & Jewelry Study provides unparalleled insight into the multibillion-dollar industry,” said Kristyn Clement, Senior Director of The Knot Market Intelligence at XO Group Inc.
And, not all male royals are seen without a ring on their fingers. According to a report by the BBC, Prince William’s father, Prince Charles wears a wedding ring as a mark of his second marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. Prince Andrew, Duke of York also wore one before his divorce and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, still has one on his finger.
The Egyptians were the first recorded civilization to use the wedding ring. In Egyptian hieroglyphics a circle represented eternity. Once a woman accepted the ring she became the ”property” of the person who gave it to her and she was in a sense ”his.” The first wedding ring could have been made of braided grass or hay (which would have been changed often), ivory, bone, or leather. Eventually, metal was used, but the first wedding bands were crude and lumpy. However, the sentiment remained the same-eternal commitment and love.
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