The modern trade of rings derived from the customs of Europe in the Middle Ages as part of Christendom.  In the US, wedding rings were at first only worn by wives, but became common for both husbands and wives in the course of the 20th century. Historical stylesGimmel ringsGimmel ring with the ring opened, in the British MuseumWedding ring of groom and a bride with shadow in kind of heart – symbolic sense of loveDuring the 16th and 17th centuries, European husbands bestowed a gimmel ring upon their wives. Similar to the puzzle ring, the gimmel ring consisted of two interlocking bands. The bride and groom both wore one of those bands after their engagement, and both bands were reunited during the bridal ceremony. Subsequently, the wife wore the mixed ring. Any engagement rings can then remain on the left hand or be transferred to the correct hand. In Germany, in has been widely wide-spread for both the bride and the groom to wear a wedding ring since at the least the 1870s and mentions of couples trade rings during the bridal ceremony in the Netherlands are available at least way back to 1815.  In Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain both sexes also wear engagement rings, and the groom’s ring often turns into a wedding ring in the nuptial exchange rite. Compositions and stylesIn Western international locations, wedding rings are often forged of rose, white, or yellow gold; palladium, platinum, argentium silver, or, more currently, silicone.  The perpetuity of noble metals symbolizes the permanence of the wedding. Common engravings on the inside the hoop include the name of one’s spouse, the names of both spouses, the date of the wedding, and/or a phrase of significance to the spouses.