~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant – Kari ~
“With this ring, I thee wed…..” a circle with no end, a symbol of the vows I have made to you
Many a wedding is not complete without an exchange of wedding rings.
A ring is not technically part of the legal aspect of a wedding ceremony.
But, in my celebrant experience, 98% of couples choose to enact this traditional ritual, and place a ring on each other’s fingers, generally the ring finger of the left hand. It is said to have a love vein connecting this finger to the heart.
Having said that, I have had one Bridegroom who chose an earing in is left ear rather than a wedding band on his left hand! And one down to earth couple made their rings from woven fibres.
HOWEVER, none that I know, have elected for a ring on the nose like the one chosen from the Piggy-wig by The Owl and the Pussycat.
ring by Eckart Schilingsa circle with no end…
A ring, as we know is a circle with no end, symbolic of a completeness, or a union with no end, a marriage to last forever; the unbroken circle of love between a husband and wife. Worn as a reminder of wedding vows made by one to the other, the wedding band holds great importance to most wedded couples.
It can be said at a wedding, “A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. In these rings it is the symbol of unity, in which your lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever you go, you will always return to one another and to your togetherness.”leaf ring by Eckart Schiling
The ring may or may not have enormous resale value but it does become absolutely precious to the wearer, an enduring and valuable symbol of promises made on their wedding day. It takes but a moment to say I love you, it takes a second to place a ring on the finger, but marriage is the promise of forever, and that is why most couples choose a precious metal – gold or platinum, reflective of the preciousness of their rings in their married lives.
I know of many women of my mother’s generation who have never taken their rings off after their husband first placed them on their third finger of the left hand at the marriage altar.
Some modern women may take their ring off now and again whilst doing jobs that may scratch of damage their wedding ring. But always it is a ring that one would wear constantly. Whilst other jewellery may come and go, or be worn for special occasions, the wedding ring endures as a timeless treasure.
So given it is something to cherish for many many years, most couples will take their time to choose the perfect ring, or even have them custom made.
by Eckart Schiling
finding the perfect wedding ring…
A meaningful alternative to mass production, is to have your wedding rings made for you by a local craftsman. These artisans are practising a craft centuries old. They dedicate their lives to a particular craft, and the skills required to keep their craft up to date. In an age where we are often disconnected to how our daily things are made, having your wedding ring designed for you especially is a memorable gift, a lasting reminder of your wedding day. You can even visit your rings and watch their progress.
Certainly, as a marriage celebrant, the rings I remember , are the ones that have been custom made.
local Peregian bespoke jeweller…
When you’d like the personal touch, here on the Sunshine Coast we have several fine jewellers who make bespoke products to fulfil your design wishes.
I think of Eckart Schillings and his business RingsForBrides. Eckart is a passionate gold and platinum-smith who creates bespoke, handforged fine jewellery. Not your average Jeweller, Eckart specialises in Engagement and Wedding Rings, and is at the peak of his profession. His artworks (rings) are of finest quality and reflect a creative approach.
Eckart Schillings at Work
In his own words:
‘I love the Wedding Industry. I get to work with people at the happiest moments in their lives. No other niche challenges me more to serve and create a piece of Jewellery that will be part of people’s lives for years to come. The joy I can give to people cannot be matched by any monetary means ’
Eckart’s business is definitely not your average Jewellery Store. You can make an appointment to meet Eckart in his Goldsmiths workshop at The Peregian Beach Community House. Consultations are free.
For more Info visit: Rings for Brides
If you want to do something really unusual, you can take it a step further and even make your own Wedding Rings!
Eckart offers a special service for those of you who dare to make their own Rings! How’s this for a truly romantic experience. You can spend one full day in the goldsmiths workshop. Now that’s quite a wedding preparation gift, to have a go at making your own wedding rings. For more info visit: Wedding Rings Made.
rings with a difference…
Awwwwhhh it makes want to get married again, just to rediscover the joy of choosing my wedding ring.