Choose your alliances

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The choice of alliances is a very important and symbolic moment in the preparation of your marriage . The wedding ring is the symbol of your union ; the only jewel that we wear throughout life without ever taking it off… or almost.

So how do you choose such an important jewel? How not to be mistaken if I am a man and I never wear a ring? Do our two alliances have to be identical? Does a wedding ring necessarily have to take the form of a metal ring or can it include stones?

Questions that many couples ask themselves when choosing the most important jewel of their life … So, after our guide on how to choose your engagement ring , we wanted to help you in this new big step!

Why are we confident that we can help you?

For more than 10 years, we have accompanied thousands of couples in the choice of this very special jewel. Over time, our teams have developed real expertise to guide our customers in choosing the perfect jewel . This expertise is entirely delivered to you here in the form of a guide intended to accompany you in this very important choice.

The basics

Before getting to the heart of the matter, let’s start by reviewing together some essential concepts:

——    What is a wedding ring?

A wedding ring is a precious metal ring and symbolizes the union between two people .

Wedding rings are usually exchanged at the time of a wedding ceremony , after consent, and to seal the union.

Historically, traces of this symbol can be found since ancient Egypt when braided reed rings were exchanged between bride and groom. The Egyptians saw in the circle a symbol of eternity and therefore imagined through the wearing of a wedding ring the perfect ritual to mark the love which must last a lifetime … and even more.

These are the same Egyptians who began to wear this ring on the left ring finger finger since they thought that a vein of this finger was directly connected to the heart… legend resumed later, we will come back to it.

Originally, the alliance was a very simple ring, made of reed, ivory or wood. It was not until much later that it became an accessory in precious metal, thus modernizing over the centuries . However, it has kept its first and essential characteristic: the round shape, symbol of infinity. Today we find alliances of all types: simple gold bangles, rings paved with diamonds or colored stones, and even more creative rings…

——    Which finger to wear your wedding ring on?

For those who don’t want to bother with explanations, let’s go straight to the point: in France, a wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand .

For the most curious among you, here is what history teaches us on this subject:

First, why the ring finger? Well, there are a lot of hypotheses on this subject: some say that the ring finger is the least used finger of the hand , and that you risk less damaging your jewelry by wearing it on this finger. Another legend mentions the fact that the Egyptians thought that a vein connected the ring finger directly to the heart , called Vena Amoris​ (literally “Vein of Love”) and so they chose this precise finger to wear the ring sealing a union. In Chinese culture, each finger was symbolically associated with a family member, with the ring finger being the life partner. . Thus, we can see that since always, in most cultures, the ring finger is the finger on which we wear a wedding ring .

Regarding the hand, on the other hand, things get a little trickier and wearing your wedding ring on the right or left hand is a much less universal rule. In Mexico, Poland, Greece or even Germany, for example, the wedding ring is traditionally worn on the right hand. In France, on the other hand, the alliance is mainly worn on the left hand, as in the United Kingdom and in most Nordic countries.

——    Should you wear your wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger?

Traditionally, the wedding ring is worn next to the engagement ring , on the left ring finger. To be even more precise, it is often said that the wedding ring must be worn first, closest to the heart , and that the engagement ring is put on behind, like an additional ornament which is superimposed on the wedding ring. If this rule is respected most of the time, you should not focus on it either…

Indeed, it happens that two jewels cannot technically be assembled correctly. This is often the case for engagement rings adorned with a significant stone. The frame does not then make it possible to harmoniously associate an alliance, without space between the two jewels. In this case, a simple and elegant solution is to wear the engagement ring on the right hand. , alone, without her alliance. It is the choice of many customers who prefer to favor creative engagement rings with a perfect harmony between ring and alliance. Other people don’t mind having a little play between the wedding band and the engagement ring…in which case they can perfectly wear the wedding band and the engagement ring on the same finger!

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