Wedding bands do not directly have any religious historical significance, although there are spiritual interpretations to their use in modern day weddings. Historians believe that the use of a wedding ring originated from ancient Roman traditions, the ones before Christianity. During the First Century, it was usual for rich people to wear rings to display their rank and status in the society. Modern wedding bands may represent this detail too, as many people wear them to resemble prosperity and a happy wedded life.
Even though wedding bands are not mentioned directly in the Bible, other rings are mentioned all through several passages, especially in the Book of Genesis. For one, the servant of Abraham gave a nose ring to Rebekkah to claim her as the bride of Isaac, which is mentioned in Genesis chapter 24, verse 22. Another instance is in Genesis 41, where the Pharaoh presents a signet ring to Joseph as a token of authority.
Historians usually agree that ancient Egyptians started the tradition of using a wedding band for the purpose of marriage. It is believed that the first-ever wedding ring was made up of grass, entwined into a circular pattern. Since this kind of wedding band was too weak, it caused people to reconsider the material. As a result, people started to use other materials, comprising reed, hemp, as well as wood for wedding bands.
Of course, a wedding band is made up of precious metals nowadays, such as platinum, tungsten, and gold. The use of these precious metals is common when it comes to modern wedding bands for men and women, owing to their strong qualities. However, entwined metal bands that symbolize infinity knot or eternity, or something else, also exist today.
Even though wedding rings and bands do not have a direct connection to any of the religions, several religious phrases are used in modern day wedding ceremonies to somehow link them. In Jewish custom, for example, an orthodox Jewish groom will say, “You are consecrated to me with this ring according to the law of Moses and Israel.” Another example of a common religious phrase involving a wedding band in a Catholic wedding is to say, “Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity – In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”