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12,450 Days

March 2, 2012 - Kim Collette
1. Most people in the United States, France and Canada wear their engagement rings on their left hand, because of the old tradition that a vein in the fourth finger of the right hand ran directly to the heart. But, in other countries, such as Germany, Russia, India and Norway, brides wear their engagement rings and wedding bands on the right hand instead.

2. In years gone by, the exchange of the wedding ring at the wedding ceremony was a part of an economic commitment, not a symbol of love and devotion. Men gave the rings to show the brides family they were financially stable to support her.

3. Although the sight of a man wearing a wedding ring is common these days, the popularity of double-ring ceremonies traces back only until the Great Depression of the 1930s. When World War II broke out, women gave their husbands wedding rings to symbolize their unbroken connection even as the men went off to war. By the 1940s, 80% of men wore wedding rings, although no male version of the engagement ring ever became popular in the U.S.

4. In Romania, there is a beautiful custom that celebrates long-lasting marriages. On their silver anniversary, the 25th, the couples exchange silver anniversary bands that they wear along with their gold wedding rings. It is a simple but lovely way to commemorate not only the commitment to the marriage, but the beauty of having spent their lives together.

Some fun facts: In 2006, the national average spent on wedding rings was about $3,000 to $4,000. The average size of the diamond given in the United States for engagement is .38 carats. The average women's ring size is about 6. The average man's is about 10. December is the most popular month for buying engagement rings and getting engaged. The most popular engagement ring cut is the round brilliant diamond.

12,450 Days is the number of days I lived before becoming engaged on February 12, 2012!

Until next time friends!


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