In our modern world, there are few customs that seem to persist, but the wearing of a wedding band is a significant one. Traceable back to ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, the practice is a long-standing one with symbolic significance beyond notifying that the wearer is married. Most cultures valued the unending circle of the ring and linked this to the idea of eternity and a married couple’s everlasting love and relationship. Through the centuries, different metals have increased and decreased in popularity. For example, during WWII nine carat gold was used more often than higher carats due to the restricted availability of gold.
Wedding bands today can be characterised by the sheer variety of styles available. In the Jewellery Auction on 10 October, there are wedding bands in yellow and white gold, platinum and palladium. Some are set with diamonds, such as lot 21 (£650-850) while others more classic such as lot 68 (£100-150) which is set in palladium.
Dedicated auctions of jewellery are held every three weeks. Come along to the Valuation Days at McTear’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week for complimentary auction advice.