The ceremony of betrothal is now in all probability carried out automatically before the wedding (or “crowning” as it is more correctly called), and the actual symbolic act of marriage isn’t the trade of rings, but the crowning. Historically, the wedding ring was connected to the exchange of valuables at that time of the wedding rather than an emblem of everlasting love and devotion, a sign of “earnest money”. According to the 1549 version of the Book of Common Prayer: after the words ‘with this ring I thee wed’ follow the words ‘This gold and silver I give thee’, at which point the groom was supposed to hand a leather purse full of gold and silver coins to the bride.  It is a relic of the days when marriage was a contract between households, not particular person lovers. Both households were then desperate to make sure the economic safety of the young couple. Sometimes it went as far as being a conditional exchange as this old (and today outdated) German formulation shows: ‘I provide you with this ring as a sign of the wedding which has been promised between us, provided your father gives with you a marriage component of 1000 Reichsthalers’. One can get bangles too that are made from gold and diamonds. Bracelets are another part of jewellery that we wear and bracelets with stones add glitter to our hands. They can be matched with your dress and they can be used for formal and party wear. Women and men can carry simple bracelets that have diamonds and even other stones studded in them. Those who cannot afford to spend much money on bracelets with diamonds can get the bracelets embedded with coloured stones. Rubies, emeralds, opals, embers and sapphires are very regular and these bracelets with stones add glitter and they change the look of the bracelet.