For example, see the picture below of the Byzantine ring depicting Christ uniting bride and groom. Also, in the Middle East the puzzle ring was a historical custom: this ring consisted of several pieces that joined together into a cohesive band when worn correctly. The object of this style of ring was to render it very challenging to put on the finger correctly such that, if the wife got rid of it, her husband would know. The fede ring, being a band such as two hands clasped in betrothal, is an alternative old custom of Europe that ostensibly dates from antiquity. Limited gold content material in the United KingdomIn 1942 in the course of the Second World War, British wartime restrictions on the manufacture of jewellery led to “utility” wedding rings that were restricted to a greatest mass of two pennyweights, being a bit heavier than 3 grams, and were forged of 9 carat gold as opposed to the classic 22 carat.  The Regional Assayer Office hallmarked these rings, which guaranteed their gold content and compliance with the wartime laws with a different utility mark adjoining to the mark for the year on the within the band; the hallmark resembled a capital “U” with the ground curve absent or two parentheses enclosing an area, i. 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 meant to hand a leather-based purse filled with gold and silver coins to the bride.  It is a relic of the days when marriage was a contract among households, not individual lovers. Both households were then desperate to ensure the financial safety of the young couple. Sometimes it went as far as being a conditional trade as this old (and today previous) German formula shows: ‘I give you this ring as a sign of the wedding which has been promised between us, provided your father gives with you a marriage portion of 1000 Reichsthalers’. Post-marriage ceremony customsA gold banded engagement-wedding-anniversary ring aggregate welded together. Byzantine marriage ceremony ring, depicting Christ uniting the bride and groom, 7th century, nielloed gold (Mus�e du Louvre).