The tradition of exchanging wedding rings has been around for thousands of years. Seen as a symbol of eternal love and commitment, these pieces of jewelry have been a symbol for couples who plan to be in relationship together, through thick and thin.
Just recently, a trend has begun for men, in particular, to opt out of wearing a wedding ring. One high profile example is Prince William, who decided not to wear a wedding ring because he’s just not a jewelry kind of guy. Kate is okay with it, so no conflict there.
The conflict arises when one of the mates objects to the other not wearing the ring. The ring is often seen as a public statement that the person is taken, so hands off. If one person objects, perhaps the relationship isn’t as secure as the couple hopes it would be. Personally, I think that as long as both people are okay with the idea of one or both partners not wearing a ring then so be it. The key is for the couple to discuss his, her, or their motive for not wearing the ring.
To learn about the history of wedding rings, click here.