Wedding rings in Italy

There are many aspects of bridal beauty and options for jewelry including gold or platinum, pearls and sparkling diamond engagement wedding rings!

There are so many options to choose from when purchasing wedding bands and rings. These items come in many different colors, styles and materials. For those individuals who do not have set types of wedding rings in mind when entering the jewelry store, they may become a bit overwhelmed. Therefore, there are certain things, which the bride and groom should keep in mind when choosing the right engagement or wedding ring.

If you whish to get married in Italy could be a pretty idea purchase your wedding ring in Italy with an Italian design and most of all the famous Gold of Valenza.

Valenza artisans have a very long tradition of jeweler and precious object making so you could take in consideration the possibility to have a special ring with a very special design, created from an Italian artisan that could be a lovely memory for a lifetime.

Traditionally, wedding rings are made of gold, but many options are available for couples that are looking for something out of the ordinary.

Pure gold, designated as 24K (karat), is too soft to be used for a daily wear item. A gold alloy ring makes a good choice because the metals are durable, plentiful and beautiful. Gold alloys are generally labeled as 750(18K). The number indicates the percentage of gold in the alloy.

Gold can also be mixed with palladium to make so-called white gold. White gold may be plated with rhodium, which can wear off with time. Rose gold is a mixture of gold and copper. Gold and silver will produce gold with a greenish cast.

Platinum, titanium and stainless steel are also being used in wedding rings. These metals are naturally harder than gold, making them more durable. They’re also substantially more expensive than gold alloy. Stainless steel has the added advantage of being hypoallergenic. Some couples choose rings with platinum or titanium settings to hold precious stones, while the remainder of the ring is made from a different metal.

Silver is rarely used in wedding rings, except among traditional Eastern Orthodox couples. Pure silver, like pure gold, is far too soft to withstand daily wear.

According to some customs, the wedding ring forms the last in a series of gifts, which also may include the engagement ring, traditionally given as a betrothal present. A European tradition encourages the engraving of the name of one's intended spouse and the date of one's intended marriage on the inside surface of wedding rings, thus strengthening the symbolism and sentimentality of the rings as they become family heirlooms.

In some weddings, a ring bearer (usually a young boy that is part of the family of the bride or groom) may assist in the ceremonial parading of the rings into the ceremony, often on a special cushion or pillow.

Wedding ring is worn on the left hand. This choice of finger relates to traditions dating to classical times, from an early usage reportedly referring to the fourth finger of the left hand as containing the vena amoris or "vein of love” or vena d'amore. At least in part due to this tradition, it became acceptable to wear the wedding ring on this finger. By wearing rings on the fourth finger of their left hands, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other. This has now become a matter of tradition and etiquette in these countries.

A ring is a circle and a circle has very strong magical connotations. The unbroken circle is an age-old symbol of eternity. It is endless and timeless suggesting a repetitive unbroken wholeness in time and space as eternal love should be.

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