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History of the Wedding Band

June 5th, 2023

A complex diamond ring inside a classic unadorned wedding band.

Wedding bands symbolize love and commitment. They have been an integral part of human culture for centuries. The tradition of exchanging wedding bands can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where couples would wear rings made from woven reeds to symbolize their love and commitment. The ring's circular shape represented eternity, while the opening in the center was believed to be a gateway to the future.


The tradition of wearing wedding bands on the left hand ring finger is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. It was believed that there was a vein in the fourth finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart, so wearing a ring on that finger symbolized a deep and lasting love.

Bands were also worn in Ancient Rome. They were made from iron, wood, and coral and were worn only by women. These rings were called "annulus pronubus", meaning “finger ring for marriage” or “ring of the bridegroom,” and were given to the bride as a symbol of ownership by her husband. It wasn't until the 2nd century AD that men also began to wear wedding bands.

Hand showing off a polished yellow gold band.

Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, wedding bands were made from precious metals such as gold and silver. These rings were often engraved with romantic sayings or symbols, such as hearts, arrows, and flowers. In some cultures, the wedding band was worn on the thumb rather than the ring finger.

During the Renaissance, wedding bands continued to be made from precious metals such as gold and silver, but they also began to incorporate more intricate and detailed designs. These designs often featured symbols of love and fidelity, such as hearts, doves, and flowers, as well as inscriptions of romantic sayings or the names of the couple. Wedding bands during the Renaissance were often highly ornate, with intricate metalwork and gemstones adding to their beauty and value. They were also worn on the left hand ring finger, as it was believed that this finger had a direct connection to the heart.

Fancy man straightening his tie clip with a gold band in clear view.

Modern Bands

In the early 20th century, the popularity of the diamond engagement ring began to rise, and wedding bands became simpler and more understated. However, during World War II, wedding bands took on new significance. Men who were leaving for war would often give their sweethearts a ring to wear as a symbol of their love and commitment, and many couples would exchange simple wedding bands to show their commitment to each other.

Today, wedding bands come in a wide range of styles and materials. Couples can choose from traditional gold and silver bands or opt for more modern designs made from titanium, tungsten, or ceramic. Some couples choose to have their wedding bands engraved with special messages or symbols, while others opt for minimalist designs that are simple yet elegant.

Bride and groom exchange wedding rings.

Discover Romantic Wedding Bands at Rogers Jewelry Co.

Rogers Jewelry Co. is the best place to buy wedding bands because of our commitment to providing our customers with high-quality jewelry that is both beautiful and meaningful. We understand that wedding bands are more than just a piece of jewelry; they are a symbol of love and commitment that will be cherished for a lifetime. We offer a wide selection of wedding bands, from classic and traditional designs to modern and contemporary styles. For a personalized touch, have our trained professionals create custom designed rings or include a meaningful engraving that will last as long as your love. Contact us at one of our jewelry stores near you with Rogers Jewelry Co. showrooms in Modesto, Folsom, San Luis Obispo, Elks Grove, Bakersfield, and Fresno in California and Reno, Nevada.