Papyruses going back to the traditional Egyptian civilization depict wedding rings, and historians credit the land of the Pharaohs with originating this custom.
The early Romans moved to guide, while other civilizations selected brass and copper. The color of the stones also held importance. The red ruby signified the heart, the blue sapphire signified the skies and the heavens, and the rare diamond's indestructible nature signified the indestructible bond of wedding. ( Note that mens marriage rings and men's marriage bands are interchangeable, both meaning a similar thing. They were pleased to make public their dedication to their other half by the wearing of a public symbol that announced that dedication to all. Given this practice of wearing men's marriage bands was reasonably new it was more creditable that these men were willing to refuse the marital obscurity open to them from not wearing a ring and actively selected to make a public statement about their choice. Today it is doubtless as common for a just married man to wear a ring as not. Fit played a similarly vital role in the area of superstition surrounding the marriage ring. Too tight a fit would doom the couple to a suffocating, unpleasant wedding. Early Christian weddings included a ritual that landed the marriage band on the 3rd finger : As the clergyman recited, "In the name of the daddy, the Boy , and the holy Ghost," he took the ring and touched the thumb, the 1st finger, and then the second finger. The marriage band has occupied the 3rd finger into the 21st century, excepting a brief period in the Elizabethan age, when caprice decreed the marriage ring reside on the thumb.