The History of Wedding Bands Explained
As far as we know, betrothal rings (engagament rings) date back to cavemen, who would tie a
piece of grass around their mate’s finger (or wrist, or ankle, or waist) to control
her spirit. The progression of history has made the tradition of betrothal much
more romantic, and, fortunately, more democratic. The ancient Egyptians, infusing
some romance in the proceedings, wore silver or gold betrothal rings on the third finger of
the left hand. They believed that this finger contains a vein that runs directly to the heart.
Across the world and through history, wedding ring traditions have existed as variations
on this Egyptian theme. To wear a wedding band, is to participate in one of the most basic
and long-lasting traditions in our known history.