It is believed that the origins of bridal jewelry, such as the wedding ring, are from ancient Egypt. Archaeologists have found records of wedding bands dating back over 4,000 years ago. Though this bridal jewelry was created from natural materials (woven and twisted hemp) the original wedding rings stood for eternal love. The Egyptians wore these rings on the fourth finger of the left hands because they believed that the "love vein" ran through this finger.
As bridal jewelry expanded over the centuries and continent, the ancient Romans adapted their own version of the wedding band. Constructed not of natural hemp, but iron, the wedding band came to mean a symbol of ownership and possession as if the ring branded the wife to her spouse. The ancient Romans also wore their wedding bands on the fourth finger of the left hand sharing the belief in the "love vein."
During the Italian Renaissance silver became the preferred metal of choice for this bridal jewelry. Wedding rings became fashionable and intricately decorated. Silver became the standard in betrothal and wedding bridal jewelry.
It wasn't until Ireland adopted the custom of wedding bridal jewelry that they determined that if it wasn't made of gold, the marriage was doomed.
Today wedding rings are not bought under pretense of superstitious notions regarding size or materials used. Wedding rings vary from yellow gold, tri gold, white gold and some still prefer sterling silver. They may have inscriptions declaring and pledging love, or be a simple plain band. Often times, budget determines how elaborate the wedding ring will be. The tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left hand however has survived through the ages, and it is practically unheard of for a married couple to wear their wedding rings on any other finger. Though superstition has not determined the size or color of a wedding ring, most people agree that it is bad