The orthodox Christian Church of Greece has currently stopped appearing betrothal benefits separately, as these were often non-committing, and now a betrothal rite is the preliminary part of the wedding service. In many families a casual blessing is now carried out by the betrothed ones’ fogeys in a family dinner that formalizes the betrothal. The ceremony of betrothal is now most likely performed immediately before the marriage (or “crowning” as it is more correctly called), and the true symbolic act of marriage isn’t the exchange of rings, however the crowning. Historically, the wedding ring was attached to the trade of valuables at that time of the marriage instead of a logo of everlasting love and devotion, a sign of “earnest money”. According to the 1549 edition 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 intended at hand a leather purse full of gold and silver coins to the bride.  It is a relic of the times when marriage was a contract among families, not individual lovers. This was also the origin of the custom of dressed in the marriage ring on the ring finger of the left hand, because the historic Egyptians believed that this finger enclosed a unique vein that was connected directly to the heart, denominated in Latin the “Vena amoris”. The Western traditions of marriage ceremony rings can be traced to historic Rome and Greece, and were first associated with the marital dowry and later with a promise of constancy. The modern trade of rings derived from the customs of Europe in the Middle Ages as a part of Christendom.  In america, marriage ceremony rings were at first only worn by wives, but became general for both husbands and wives during the 20th century. Historical stylesGimmel ringsGimmel ring with the ring opened, in the British MuseumWedding ring of groom and a bride with shadow in sort 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.