The History of Wedding Rings

Have you ever wondered when the tradition of wedding rings began?  How they developed in various cultures around the world?  To read a fascinating article on the topic, just click on the image below; the article includes images of amazing works of art worn on fingers centuries ago.  The image below, by the way, is of my own wedding ring; it’s a runic ring designed by Sheila Fleet in Orkney, Scotland, and it says, “dreams of everlasting love”.

Runic Wedding Ring




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16 responses to “The History of Wedding Rings

  1. Stephanie, I’m totally amazed. Our text is in English, but the wedding bands are almost identical. (I designed ours, and they were then made by a cousin of my husband who is a goldsmith. I had no idea they were Irish until I found a similar picture years later, and now yours are from Orkney.)

  2. I’d love to see a picture of your rings! 🙂
    The text is actually Norse runes, not Irish, though there were a lot of Vikings in Ireland!

  3. I too have a similar runic wedding ring I designed a few decades back. I had a local goldsmith turn my design into reality. 😀

  4. Jennifer McCarthy

    where does the word dream start at on the ring

  5. The beginning of the phrase is marked with a ¦ divider.

  6. Jennifer McCarthy

    I have the same ring but I do not see the divider on the ring

  7. It should be just to the right of the rune that looks like an arrow (the “telwaz”) – between that and the “nyedis”. If your ring is newer, they may have changed the design slightly… If you’re not sure about the runes, just google “Futhark alphabet” image, and you’ll see the runes I’m referring to. I hope that helps!

  8. Jennifer McCarthy

    awe Yes! thanks bunches… I am going to add it to my motorcycle..

  9. That would be interesting to see! 🙂 Have fun in the creative process!

  10. Jennifer McCarthy

    Could you help me? I wanted to spell Ghost in runes as well. I tried looking on the internet but it gives to different ways. My given road name is “Ghost”.

  11. You could do it either of two ways, depending on how much space you have to use: 1) Spell it out with the runes in anglicized order: Gebo, Hagalaz, Ophila, Sowulo, Telwaz; or 2) Find runes that symbolize something close, such as riding-not-human (Raido, Naudiz, Mannaz). There are 6 different runic alphabets – check Wikipedia for a list; you could choose another one other than this (elder) Futhark… I hope that gives you some ideas!

  12. Jennifer McCarthy

    great idea!

  13. Jennifer McCarthy

    does naudiz mean not or needs?

  14. Jennifer McCarthy

    so sorry.. I saw it! Thanks Bunches!

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