This is one of the most exciting times in a girl’s life, when she gets engaged. It’s definitely the same for the groom, but us girls like to tell the world when we get engaged! So why is the engagement ring so symbolic? When worn, this ring indicates that the person wearing it is engaged to be married, especially in Western cultures. Depending on the culture, the woman wears the engagement ring or both the woman and the man wear an engagement ring.
Engagement rings come in a variety of shapes, including round, pear, princess or emerald. You can find engagement bands in a variety of metals, including platinum, gold, titanium, palladium, and even recycled metals!
With almost 150 couples tying the knot at The Bella Sera last year, it was impossible to post all of their gorgeous rings, so we chose a handful of beautiful and very unique rings to share with all of you. When it comes to engagement rings, everyone in the business has heard of “The 4 C’s” – cut, clarity, color and carat. The cut is all about the angles in the stone, which determines the diamond’s brilliance and shape. The clarity depends on how free of imperfections the engagement stone is. There are many colors of diamonds from colorless to light yellow or even brown. The carat refers to the diamond’s size.
These rings hold significant importance and are something most couples hold near and dear to their hearts. They are something that will remind them of their wedding day and their promise to love, honor, and cherish until death do them part.
In most western cultures, it’s worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, otherwise known as the ring finger. The circle was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end. The hole in the center of the ring also had significance. It was considered a gateway, or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a woman a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love. Wedding rings through different stages in history have been worn on different fingers. According to a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart. Despite this myth that has been proven to be false, it still remains regarded by many as the number one reason rings are worn on the fourth finger.
Most men today buy diamond rings for their beloved. The tradition of diamond engagement rings began with the Italians. In Italy it was once believed that diamonds were derived from the “flames of love” and therefore clearly represented the bonds of everlasting love. An engagement ring is a symbol of the promise of marriage. It is also a symbol of the commitment to join as one in a lifelong relationship as husband and wife.
In all cultures and religions, the wedding ring is a symbol of love and commitment. However, in a Jewish marriage, the wedding band has special meaning. In the time of the Talmud, a man would give a woman a coin worth a small amount of money. Today, in a Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom gives the bride a simple wedding band – one without engravings, gemstones, or other decorations. Traditionally, the ring is made of pure gold. However, a more contemporary version of the custom says that the ring may be made of any type of metal. The band must be completely flawless because it represents a marriage that is unharmed by conflict, flaw, or show. A Jewish wedding ring also symbolizes a chain that unites generations.
Today with the blessing of equality and LGBT weddings finally being recognized, you will see rings on either hand depending on the preference of the couple.
Just a little history for you, now enjoy all of these beautiful rings in different shapes and sizes. All photos were taken by the ever talented Mark Alison Photography team here at Bella Sera.
Cheers to all of our 2014 couples and their gorgeous rings. We look forward to celebrating your 1st Anniversary with you this year, and to welcoming in all of our new couples.
Photo Backdrops – Bella Sera Event Center
Photography – Mark Alison Photography
Rings – Chosen from our amazing Bella Sera couples in 2014