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Engagement Rings from Around the World
Bridal Rings from Around the World
I recently finished a hub article, featuring Irish bridal jewelry, and had so much fun writing it, I decided to do another piece. This time around, I thought I'd write about some unique wedding/engagement ring traditions from around the world.
As some of my loyal readers already know, I love writing about wedding traditions. Every bride couple needs lady luck on their side, for their big day! With divorce rates at an all time high in America, starting a marriage out on the right foot by embracing one of these engagement ring traditions, just might be what a marriage needs to make it last. After all- this is why we all love centuries old wedding folklore and myths.
Irish Wedding Rings
When it comes to famous wedding wear jewelry, Ireland takes the cake! The Claddagh wedding ring is one of the oldest, metalworking, designs still in existence today. First crafted by Richard Joyce, the Claddagh wedding ring is a symbol of love, friendship and loyalty. It is a beautiful reflection of why people get married. When I see the Claddagh wedding ring, I mostly think of a marriage built on friendship. What a wonderful way to put empowerment into your marriage.
French Wedding Rings
In France, and in some French-speaking countries, the most common celebrated pattern for the bridal couple, is a design of three interwoven rings or individual bands. Whether the bands are interwoven or separate from one another, the meaning of the French design remains the same. They stand for the Christian virtues of love, faith and hope.
Turkish Puzzle Wedding Ring
One of my favorite wedding ring designs, is the Turkish puzzle wedding ring. The story of this ring dates before the birth of Christ. As the story goes, the puzzle ring got its name from a Turkish nobleman. He was known in his community as being a very passionate man. It is actually written that this nobleman was deeply in love with a alluring woman, who was said to be the most beautiful woman in the land. Unfortunately, her overpowering beauty drove him mad with jealously induced fits of rage.
After several insane fits of uncertainty he decides to commission a ring to make her his forever. He trusted this task with one of the village's best jewelers. He tells the man to design a ring that would hold fast and always reveal to him certain secrets of loyalty to him. So one day his jeweler presented him with his uniquely designed ring. It was an interwoven band of gold. But unbeknownst to anyone else, the band was designed to only be reconfigured together, after following a special key of sequences.
The rich nobleman was soon asked to go on a journey, which would take him too far away from his beautiful bride to be. So in his hast to wed her, he presents her with this golden ring. What she did not realize was that if the ring was removed from her finger, it would fall completely apart. The Turkish nobleman was the only one who possessed the secret solution key that put it back together.
Nevertheless, he never needed to use it and thus, the Turkish puzzle ring tradition was born. It truly is a symbol of lasting loyalty and solidarity. It is the type of ring that beckons the strictest amnesty of love.
Russian Wedding Rings
Whilst most Russian wedding rings are usually plain gold bands, in the early 19th century they adopted a triple precious metal ring design. I have to say, it is a very sleek look from yesteryear. Much like that of the Celtic Trinity Knot ring of Northern Ireland, this look is an embodiment of Christian symbolism. It represents bride couples in every aspect of their lives together. It symbolizes that those about to be married, are unified under the divine trinity of God. Therefore not their separation from one another, nor the departures from this world can break the two soulmates apart.
It is a ring, interwoven in copper, silver, and gold. The most precious metals of this world that represent everlasting love.