Wedding Bands

Written by Serena Berger
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Wedding bands date back to ancient Egypt. The rings, through continuous circles, were thought to symbolize eternal love. The tradition at that time was to wear them on the third finger of the left hand, which was believed to contain a vein leading directly to the heart. The tradition has been augmented over the millennia, as it is now customary to wear them on the fourth finger of the left hand, which is now known as the ring finger.

There are a few options for men when it comes to selecting wedding bands. You will have to decide how thick a ring you want and from what metal you want it fashioned--usually either gold or platinum. You will also need to decide if you want a plain band, one set with diamonds, or an inlaid design. For example, milgrain or braided designs are fairly common for men's wedding bands.

Wedding Bands to Match Her Engagement Ring

When you purchase an engagement ring, you might want to give some thought to the wedding band that she will wear. Some engagement rings and wedding bands are designed as a set so that there is a unified appearance when she wears both rings on the same finger. Depending on the setting for the engagement ring, a matching wedding band may be a simple band of the same metal, it might have small diamonds around the band or in a cluster to complement the engagement ring.

You may want to get matching wedding bands, which may not necessarily match her engagement ring. It is becoming more common for women to select wedding bands that do not match their engagement rings. This modern approach frees a woman to create a unique style by pairing an engagement ring with any wedding band, but also preserve the tradition of matching her wedding band to her husband's.

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