The bride and groom both wore one of those bands after their engagement, and the two bands were reunited during the wedding ceremony. Subsequently, the wife wore the mixed ring. Poesy ringsThe poesy ring was a mode of ring that was standard in the course of the Renaissance era. It was a band of sterling silver inscribed with a poem or “poesy”. Other stylesDifferent cultures used many other historical styles of marriage ceremony ring. For example, see the picture below of the Byzantine ring depicting Christ uniting bride and groom. Sometimes it went so far as being a conditional trade as this old (and today old-fashioned) German formula shows: ‘I come up with this ring as a sign of the wedding which has been promised between us, offered your father gives with you a wedding portion of 1000 Reichsthalers’. Post-wedding customsA gold banded engagement-marriage ceremony-anniversary ring aggregate welded together. Byzantine wedding ring, depicting Christ uniting the bride and groom, 7th century, nielloed gold (Mus�e du Louvre). Modernly, after marriage the marriage ring is worn on the hand on which it had been placed during the rite. By wearing rings on their fourth fingers, married spouses symbolically declare their life-long love for and constancy to each other. This symbol has public utility, and is presently anticipated as a matter of culture and etiquette, quite a bit so that its absence is usually interpreted as meaning that the man is single.  In the USA, wedding rings were in the beginning only worn by wives, but became commonly used 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 type 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 these bands after their engagement, and the two bands were reunited during the wedding ceremony. Subsequently, the wife wore the mixed ring. Poesy ringsThe poesy ring was a style of ring that was widely wide-spread during the Renaissance era.