This little ring, worn on the left ring finger, dates from the time of Ancient Rome. At that time, couples began to exchange a metal ring as a sign of their union.
The Egyptians established the practice of wearing it on the third finger of the left hand, because for them the "vein of love" left the heart and ended in the left ring finger.
Several centuries later, under the influence of Christian marriage, the nobler gold replaced iron. The husband then used to slip a gold wedding ring on his bride's finger.
As its French name, "alliance", suggests, the wedding ring unites the couple for better or for worse. It is plain and simple, in gold or silver and sometimes set with a stone, often a diamond, which symbolises purity and commitment.
Today, the wedding ring remains a strong symbol of marriage, every couple still exchanging this little ring to confirm their union.