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Why is a wedding ring worn on the
third finger of the left hand?

Hieroglyphic Wedding Band

As far as we know, the ancient Egyptians were the first to place
a ring on the third finger of the left hand to signify the marriage
union. It was placed on that finger because Egyptians believed
that the "vein of love" ran from this finger to the heart. They
They used a ring because they believed that the circle was the
symbol for eternity. It represented perfection because
it had no beginning and no end.

Rings found in ancient Egyptian tombs were made of pure gold.
The name or title of the owner was engraved on the ring in
hieroglyphs. The poorer citizens of Egypt wore rings of silver,
bronze, amber, ivory, or simply glazed pottery. Because gold
was precious to the early Romans, a gold ring symbolized
everlasting love and commitment.

King Edward VI of England decreed that the third finger on the
left hand was to be the ring finger. In the 1549 Book of Common
Prayer, the left hand was designated as the marriage hand. From
the earliest times in our history, people have always given advice
to newly married couples such as "comfort each other," "respect one
another," and "listen to each other." One of my personal favorites
is "Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire!"

From ... "What Makes Flamingos Pink?" by Bill McLain

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