Among all kinds of jewelry, a wedding band is one of the most emotionally-loaded pieces, the kind that carries a romantic, sentimental worth through the years.
More than just an adornment, couples exchange wedding bands on their big day as a symbol of love and a lifelong promise of commitment to each other.
So before you say “I do” to the perfect wedding band for you and your significant other, it is important to know its meaning and significance to help you zero in on what exactly you are looking for.
What is a Wedding Band?
A wedding band is the ring you give and receive as you exchange vows during the wedding ceremony. It is usually fairly plain, and is worn on the fourth finger, now commonly referred to as the “ring finger.”
But, why the fourth finger?
The tradition dates back to Ancient Egyptians and Romans who believed that our left hand’s fourth finger has a vein that runs directly to the heart – the Vena Amoris or Vein of Heart. Although the story is quite fascinating, science has long debunked the existence of such vein. Yet, the tradition of wearing engagement rings and wedding bands on the ring finger remains.
Traditionally, on the wedding day, brides wear their engagement ring on their right hand to “make room” for the wedding band. After the ceremony, the engagement ring is then stacked on top of the wedding band.
Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Band: What’s the difference?
An engagement ring is the ring given to someone during the proposal. The person who received the engagement ring is expected to wear it from the time of proposal until the wedding day. It is usually stylish, flashy, and adorned with stones – like natural or lab grown diamonds.
A wedding band, on the other hand, is worn both by the bride and the groom during the wedding ceremony, and from that day forward. Unlike an engagement ring, a wedding band is often much simpler, which makes it efficient for everyday wear.
Simply put, the engagement ring represents the start of your devotion, while the wedding band intends to solidify that devotion.
Picking the perfect Wedding Band
Unlike the changing seasons of life, you want your wedding band to fit you forever, don’t you?
With that, it’s time to ask yourself what type of wedding band suits your taste. You can opt for a matching band that is designed to match your engagement ring, or a stand-alone band that can be worn on its own. If you want accent stones around the entire shank, an eternity band is perfect for you.
You can also go for a curved nesting band that would fit harmoniously with your engagement ring, or a trendy stackable band that are crafted to be thin so you can mix and match your look.
Now that you know the wedding band basics, you can now explore stunning wedding bands in the jewelry capital of the Philippines.
Ultimately, it’s helpful to know that though your wedding band’s real value lies in the beautiful memory that comes with it, its form and quality is as equally important as its meaning.