Poesy ringsThe poesy ring was a mode of ring that was accepted during the Renaissance era. It was a band of sterling silver inscribed with a poem or “poesy”. Other stylesDifferent cultures used many other historical forms of marriage ceremony ring. For instance, see the image 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 a number of pieces that joined together into a cohesive band when worn properly. The object of this style of ring was to render it very challenging to put on the finger correctly such that, if the wife removed it, her husband would know. 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 marriage ceremony. Subsequently, the wife wore the combined ring. Poesy ringsThe poesy ring was a method of ring that was conventional during the Renaissance era. It was a band of sterling silver inscribed with a poem or “poesy”. Other stylesDifferent cultures used many other ancient sorts of marriage ceremony ring. Ancient Egypt considered the circle to be an emblem of eternity, and the ring served to signify the perpetual love of the spouses. This was also the origin of the custom of wearing the marriage ring on the ring finger of the left hand, as the historical Egyptians believed that this finger enclosed a unique vein that was attached at once to the heart, denominated in Latin the “Vena amoris”. The Western traditions of marriage ceremony rings can be traced to historical Rome and Greece, and were first linked to the marital dowry and later with a promise of constancy. The modern exchange of rings derived from the customs of Europe in the Middle Ages as a part of Christendom.  In the US, marriage ceremony rings were at first only worn by wives, but became normal 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 variety of heart – symbolic sense of loveDuring the 16th and 17th centuries, European husbands bestowed a gimmel ring upon their wives.