In the season of superstition, let’s take a look back at the best wedding ring urban legends.
The wedding ring goes far beyond “I’m yours” symbolism. At one point, only women were allowed to wear wedding rings. Women wore the rings that their husbands bought them as symbols of their husband’s wealth.
Dropping the Ring
Some legends claimed that dropping a wedding ring during the wedding service resulted in years of the wedding blues. Worse, the ring dropper would be the first to drop dead. Other legends said dropping the ring was a good thing because the potential evil spirits were also dropped. Either way, it’s a toss up. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to risk dropping my ring and losing it forever.
You might have always pictured your wedding day as magical, but many old wives’ tales claimed that wedding rings were infused with magical powers. (Hence, why it might have behooved the wearer to drop the ring. After all, there is good and bad magic.) Legend has it that rings around the heart offered protection. Since rings around the heart wouldn’t be practical or fashionable, many opted for the next best thing. The history of the wedding ring states that the third finger on the left hand was believed to be directly linked to the heart and, therefore, the most popular location for the ring.
Expect the Unexpected
Apart from having magical powers, rings were believed to be clairvoyant. Women used to tie the ring at the end of a piece of string and hold it over a pregnant belly. If the ring swung in a circle, then the baby was a girl. If the ring swung like a pendulum, then it was a boy.
The size of the ring used to be of extreme importance. The ring had to fit perfectly. If the ring was too tight, then the marriage would be smothering. If the ring was too loose, then others could come between the couple and adulterous affairs would be common.
What do you think? Do any of these ring true for you or is it time to ring out these old wives’ tales?