The tradition of wearing a ring to commemorate one’s marriage is an ancient one. Ancient Egyptians are believed to have originated the tradition, though the practice has been confirmed to happen in the Roman Empire. Just as old is the custom of wearing the ring on the left ring finger under the belief the finger holds a vein that leads directly to the heart.

In the present day, wedding bands are worn in many countries, from the Americas and Europe to parts of Asia. Women commonly wear wedding rings, and men increasingly do so as well. After marriage some people stop wearing their engagement rings, replacing them with their wedding bands. Others choose to wear both rings on the same finger, one on top of the other.

Preferred materials for wedding rings are gold, platinum and diamonds, though other metal and gemstones may be used. The rings take on many styles, from simple metal band to an elaborate diamond covered confection.