It is commonly believed that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Ancient relics over 6,000 years old, including inscriptions on papyrus scrolls, provide evidence of the practice of exchanging braided rings of hemp or reeds between spouses. The Egyptians considered the circle to be a symbol of eternity, and the wedding rings served to signify the perpetual love of the spouses for each other. It is also in ancient Egypt that we find the origins of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand. The Egyptians believed that this finger enclosed a special vein that was connected directly to the heart, known in Latin as the "Vena amoris"1.
Over centuries, the wedding band evolved, and people substituted braided rings of hemp for more durable and attractive materials. Over time, young men began using precious metals such as gold for their wedding rings - as a sign of their ultimate affection towards their potential wives. Herein lies the history of the wedding ring; an valuable sign of never-ending love.