The tradition of wedding rings originated from ancient times, tracing back as early to the Greek and Roman periods, when rings were as simple as a woven ring of olive leaves.
The tradition continued through the Victorian ages and slowly blossomed today, but this tradition did not include rings for men. The tradition of wedding rings had all along been one where only women were the only party in marriage to put on wedding rings.
The practice of men’s wedding rings started to gain popularity during the first World War, where many men who had left wives behind wore a piece of jewelry to hold and remember their loved ones close to them.
Following the close of both World Wars, many jewellers had begun to include men as their marketing targets and started to introduce the concept of a double ring wedding, which would later become the common feature of weddings today.
But even then, many men continue to not wear wedding rings for many reasons in today’s society. Some men refuse to declare their marriage status through being identified by jewellery. Others may hold objectionable views towards precious metals or precious stones.
More often than not, most men reject the idea of a wedding band because of the connotation jewelry has with being effeminate. But in fact, men’s wedding bands are especially designed to differentiate them from women’s rings.
Whether you wear a ring or not is not so much an issue of whether you are a man or woman, but more about comfort, convenience, and most importantly, whether you like it or not. It makes no sense if you were to wear a wedding just for the sake of it being a status symbol when it causes you discomfort.
Some jobs even require employees not wear jewelry, their wedding rings included, at work due to safety reasons. For example, an electrician puts himself at great risk if he were to work on circuits with an electricity-conducting ring band on his finger.
And if all those aren’t part of your concern, then whether you wear it or not is simply a matter of choice. Our forefathers many years ago never did, and that didn’t stop them from being happily married.