I?m With the Band

It?s the annual wedding season, so what better time to explore
the mysterious origins of the wedding band. Some 4,800 years ago,
Egyptians twisted plants such as hemp into rings that were meant to
represent immortal love and the supernatural. The Romans opted for
wedding bands made of iron. ?For Roman women, bands signified a
binding legal agreement of ownership by their husbands, who
regarded rings as tokens of purchase,? writes Nita Rao in The
Village Voice
. Both Romans and Egyptians were aware of the
vena amoris, or the love vein on the fourth finger, which serves as
a direct love line to the heart. And though later versions of the
wedding ring, which showed up 2,000 years ago in China and during
the Renaissance in Europe, may have varied stylistically, the
general idea stayed the same. Anyone in the market today for a
wedding ring will likely be looking at platinum or colorful ruby
and sapphires, but less traditional ways of advertising your
marital status can be worn as a tattoo, a gum wrapper, or whatever
gets the message across.
?Nick Garafola

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