Wearing a wedding ring is a symbol of your eternal commitment to each other, but until fairly recently it was traditionally only the bride who put a band on her finger during the ceremony.
Nowadays, however, men’s wedding rings are far more commonplace and the likes of F.Hinds provide a wide range to suit all tastes and styles.
But how did we reach this change in attitudes when it comes to men donning jewellery to signify the status of their relationship?
The history of the wedding ring
That tradition of a bride receiving a ring on her wedding day dates back centuries, but it was not until the mid-1900s that men started to follow suit. During World War II, soldiers began to adopt the trend as a reminder of the loved ones they were leaving behind at home.
Rings are most frequently worn on the fourth finger – the least used in day to day activities – although the hand on which they sit does differ depending on the culture. Some wear it on the right hand, which is often used for oaths and promises, while others wear it on the left – partly due to the belief that the vena amoris, or the vein of love, runs directly from that finger to the heart.
The evolution of style and attitudes
Initially, male wedding rings were usually solid gold bands – simple, uncomplicated and far from flashy. But over time, tastes have diversified hugely, meaning grooms these days can be seen sporting all kinds of pieces.
Silver or platinum rings have increasingly become the norm, while the addition of diamonds and other gems are more common than ever before. Traditionally, only women had engagement rings – to sit on the same finger as their wedding band – but the increase of same sex marriages and women proposing to men mean it is not just the brides showing off a sparkly accessory ahead of the big day. It is also claimed that, on average, people in the UK spent 89% more on engagement rings in 2018 compared to the previous year.
In the not too distant past, a male member of the royal family opting against a wedding ring would not have been considered remotely noteworthy. But when Prince William married Kate Middleton and chose to leave his hand bare the story drew plenty of attention – a clear indication of the changing attitudes and traditions when it comes to men’s rings.
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