Monday, October 11, 2010

Object Captions: Carla's Wedding Ring

I made three captions. The first is about the wedding ring and marital tradition, the second is about divorce as Carla's ring is an artifact from one. The third is about the "double ring" tradition as this ring is one of a pair.

Caption 1- About Marriage

Wedding rings are a commonly understood symbol of marriage, a practice started in ancient Egypt. They are typically worn on the fourth finger as it contains an artery that leads to the heart. Although not required by law, exchanging rings can be a central part of the wedding ceremony.

Caption 2- About Divorce

Divorce is a legal process that ends a marital union. The first documented case in the colonies was in Massachusetts in 1639. Current estimates are that forty percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce. Divorcees commonly cease wearing the wedding ring on their finger to symbolize the divorce.

Caption 3- About the Double Band

Where the wedding ring was once worn only by the bride, the 1940’s and 1950’s saw an increase in the “double band”, rings worn by both the bride and groom. The “double band” concept was invented and promoted by the jewelry industry and has since become customary.

Written by John R. Pettit