Why do we exchange rings?

The wedding ring is a symbol of an unbroken circle of love. And wherever life takes the couple, it symbolises the hope that they will always return to their shared life together.

People often say wedding rings are a perfect circle, with no beginning and no end. But actually, these rings did have a beginning. The metal and stones were formed millions of years ago deep with the earth. Eventually, a series of lucky events caused them to rise to the surface and to be discovered. Metal was then moulded and cooled, and stones painstakingly shaped and polished. Something beautiful was made from raw elements.

Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, and through a combination of serendipity and effort, imperfect beings shape it into something extraordinary. It’s the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.

As our couples look at these rings over the years, they will remember that they have created something invaluable, and just as they protect the rings, they are reminded to protect the commitments they make on their wedding day.

These rings are placed on the third finger because the Egyptians believed that the vein in this finger led directly to the heart. May these rings always call to mind the power of the love in their hearts today.

Two white gold wedding rings are shown nestled among lavender and olive sprigs

Whether you choose matching rings or different styles, wedding rings are an ancient symbol of the commitment you made in your vows.

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