Starling StyleWhat We’re Wearing – Classic Gold BandsRefreshing Our Wedding Bands
We've renamed our wedding bands! They are meant for all hands and all occasions. Wedded or not, we love these rings as a memory token for your everyday.
The bells are ringing. Wedding season is officially upon us. And while white dresses and sparkling diamond rings might be front and center, it’s the Classic Men’s Wedding Band and Classic Wedding Band that’s caught our attention. Because sometimes in the whirl of summer travel plans (and trekking to destination weddings) we’re all just looking for a fresh breath of simplicity.The sleek, weighted, 14k reclaimed gold ring gives us just that – a bold piece, no frills needed. Worn alone or stacked with a few other minimalist bands, the clean band is striking, without looking over-styled. There’s no running to match the piece with each new look in our suitcase, it’s an all ways, always piece. While we love a jewelbox filled with colorful gems that never fail to delight us, when we’re on the move we can’t help but agree with da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
So our Classic Men’s Wedding Band is now the Classic Wide Band, meant for all hands and all occasions. And our Classic Wedding Band is now the Classic Round Band. Wedded or not, we love these rings as a memory token for your everyday.
That said, we also love a good story. So if you’ve ever been interested in the history of the Men’s Wedding Band, this is your lucky day.
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As standard as a Men’s Wedding Band might seem for many today, in the United States, the practice didn’t gain wide popularity until the 20th century. Looking back to the band’s origins, the practice of placing the ring on the third finger of the left hand originated in ancient Egypt – the Egyptians believed that there was a vein of love’ that ran directly from that finger to the heart. The closest tradition came to having men wear wedding rings was with the Gimmel’ ring, which was a popular option in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe. Both the man and the woman would wear one band in the intertwining set after they were engaged. However, these rings did not remain with the man as a wedding ring; at the wedding ceremony the man would place his ring onto his bride’s finger, reuniting the gimmel as one.
The first efforts to bring men’s wedding rings to mainstream were in the late 19th and early 20th century, and largely unsuccessful as the campaign coincided with the Great Depression. At that point, double ring ceremonies’ only constituted 15% of all weddings. It wasn’t until World War II broke out and young couples were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control, that the male wedding band made its appearance again. By the end of the war, double ring ceremonies made up a whopping 80% of all registered weddings, and the concept of brides placing a ring on their groom’s finger was firmly entrenched in American culture.