It is customary for the engagement ring not to be worn
publicly until the engagement is announced. Diamonds are still a popular choice for
engagement rings. It is said that a diamon, the hardest and most lustrous gem, will
make people lucky in love as well as strong and courageous. Presumably because men are
already thought of as courageous they do not normally wear diamon engagement rings.
Wedding rings are normally made of gold, one of the world's most precious
metals. It is the best man's responsibility to ensure that the ring is kept safe on
the day of the wedding until it is required at the ceremony. The wedding ring is worn on
the third finger of the left hand because the Romans believed that a nerve led from this
finger straight to the heart, the seat of love and faithfulness.
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