Jewellery & Essentials in Scottish Borders

Symbolic of the conjoining of two people and the fidelity of the bond of marriage, the Wedding Band is usually made of a precious metal and is the one physical object of the ceremony expected to endure throughout a marriage.

Tradition in the West dictates that the Ring be worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, supposedly because of the ‘vena amoris’ or ‘love vein’ which runs from this finger to the heart, the organ synonymous with love. Many years ago, before the influence of Christianity, the band was sometimes worn on the thumb. Some cultures wear it on the right hand or a different finger of the left hand.

The origin of the ring of metal as a symbol of union is to be found in the use of chains and shackles which obliged the interdependence of people. While the Wedding Ring is symbolic of an interdependence, it is has discarded its sinister roots and become a positive token of love and commitment. Unlike the comparatively intricate Engagement Ring, the elegant simplicity of a complete and smooth surface reflects the notion of eternity. The ceremonial act of sliding it onto the finger is sometimes seen to represent passage into a new world.

With the numerous variations in style, thickness and surface combined with the various precious metals used to create this most enduring of Wedding Rings, it is worth consulting a good jeweler to make an informed choice. The further in advance of the event itself, the more time there is for alterations or the sourcing of a specific material or grade of metal.

Apart from the creation and fitting of these valued symbols of marriage, a jeweler who is sensitive to the needs of the wedding occasion will also be able to provide Bridal Gifts and various other items which may be required by either the bride and groom or any other members of the principal parties.