Wedding rings have the oldest history by far, though they weren’t considered a universal symbol until recently.
The ancient Romans believed that a blood vessel ran directly from the third finger of the left hand to the heart. They called it thevena amoris, or vein of love.
In the centuries that followed, rings remained one of many symbols of love and commitment, along with other items such as lockets.
It wasn’t until the 1940s, during World War II, thatwedding rings became a well-recognized symbol.
For one of the first times in history, millions of men found themselves fighting for their lives half a world away from their loved ones. To remember them, loved ones wore rings, which became a symbol to remember their commitment.
The story of the engagement ring is much more modern.