The benediction of the ring was introduced into the Christian wedding ceremony in the 11th century, and continues today to be as a central part of the ceremony. Even the placement of the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is believed to be a Christian tradition. In early Christian marriage ceremonies, the priest would touch three fingers on the left hand while reciting "In the Name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit" and then with the fourth say "Amen". The wearing of rings symbolizes faith, loyalty and solemn dedication in all parts of the Christian tradition, and by expressing your faith in the design of your wedding bands, you bring to this legacy your union as a Christian couple.
Many jewelers make rings with carved or inlaid symbols such as the cross or the fish integrated into a graceful design. This can be done with combined metals (for example, a white gold cross on a yellow gold band), inlay of enamel or mother-of-pearl, or a shaped semi-precious stone (or even formed of small gemstones or diamonds). Besides an inlaid band, your ring could also be a carved or molded shape, whether tooled in relief or a hollow graphic outline. Your ring can be flashy or modest, modern or classic, depending on your style.
You may also choose to accent whatever symbol or combination of symbols you choose with a diamond. Other commonly used Christian images include the Celtic cross, the dove, praying hands, angels, and the crowned heart. However these images are represented on your ring is completely a matter of your expression.
If you prefer to express your faith on your Christian wedding rings without using an actual image, you may choose Christian engraved wedding rings instead. "Poesy" rings inscribed with poetry became popular in Shakespeare's time, and are widely produced these days engraved with Biblical verse. Many jewelers custom engrave rings, so you might personalize your rings with verse that is meaningful to you.
Another popular choice for Christian wedding rings is the use of puzzle rings, which are multiple bands linked together. These can be inscribed with multiple verses or symbols, and Jesus puzzle rings are a popular feature in Christian jewelry collections. Although puzzle rings are not considered "fancy" jewelry, they add a fun, lighthearted aspect and can be "dressed up" with gold, mixed metals and tiny diamonds or gemstones.
With a Christian wedding ring, you can reflect the faith you feel not only religiously but also in each other and your future together.