The Roman Empire is the center of many fascinating contributions to the world. We have phrases such as “Et tu, brute?” Interesting leaders to learn about that ranged from Augustus to Caesar to Constantine X. We also continue to learn a great deal from their arts, from the way that they conducted governance and how society was formed within the great and powerful Roman Empire.
With that, we have also come to know about the pride, prejudice, and betrayal as well the lust for power within the hallowed halls of the Roman senate. This has taught us of the different facts that can cause a great empire to come crumbling down with events and situations that range from civil wars to ideological differences.
But one of the most intriguing and less crazy aspects of the Roman culture was in which they represented love through wedding bands.
Ancient Romans and Wedding Bands
Did you know that in ancient Roman times, the Roman culture instituted legal procedures in how love was represented between a couple?
Ancient Romans started to implement proper procedures in recording and implementing processes for all aspects of the progression from two strangers loving each other to formalizing it in an engagement, and then in a wedding as well. The Romans even had procedures for the dissolution of marriage.
Rome was surprisingly more sophisticated than we may give them credit for (and we give them a lot of credit). As such, their culture is one of the first recorded instances that outline the importance of custom engagement rings or custom wedding bands.
Art in ancient Rome shows that simple marriage ceremonies did, indeed, take place and that they took place in a very strict manner. Each union certainly followed the letter of the law and was very close to being that of a contract, in fact, it was seen as such and it was enforceable by law.
The women who were to be married were supposed to be given custom engagement rings or custom wedding bands prior to the marriage. It was customary and decreed by the laws of the Roman state.
Thus, both parties entered into a merger and everyone saw that these two families were now tied together. These ties were represented through the custom wedding bands. In Rome, the engagement ring symbolized the passage of the daughter from the father to the husband. It was the women who would wear the engagement rings and not the future husband.
Engagement rings in those times could have been quite intricate or they could have been simple. It really depended on the level of wealth of the parties involved in the marriage transaction. The wedding bands could have been the finest gold piece or it could have been something that the young roman couple had to make do with because of their financial situation.
Another interesting note about these engagement rings was that they usually came in a set of two.
Because individuals needed to wear one when they were in regular settings such as their home and the other in more prominent settings such as public squares. The need for two rings lied in the fact that one was for the sake of being able to show-off while was one was there for the purposes of practicality.
Through these many customary actions, the Romans set the foundation for what has become the modern etiquette for diamond engagement rings and diamond wedding bands.