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January 31, 2013

Greek Trivial Pursuit


RANDOM GREEK FACT #4


WEDDING RINGS IN GREECE


These are samples of what Greek wedding rings look like! No, unfortunately, we don't have the custom of the engagement ring with the 'rock' (even though we do get these, too, they're just not signifying betrothal or wedding proposal -  just love.)

 


The most common are the plain gold ones, (almost always 18K) even though the last few years couples chose more elaborate rings that have at least some design (yes, they pick them out together!)...








    .... such as these...







 ...of course the couple wears matching wedding bands!


 

 
 

Many couples, instead of gold, chose platinum and white gold wedding rings that have also become very popular. There are so many beautiful designs! It's simply what you can afford. Traditionally, it's a cost that the groom picks up but lately young couples share all the expenses.





 


 Now, how about many little 'rocks' on the wedding ring? (I'm okay with that!!!!!)





 

In the USA, and in other countries as well, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. In Greece though it is worn on the right hand. 

When a Greek couple becomes engaged they do so in the presence of family and friends by exchanging rings. The priest blesses the rings and the couple will wear the rings on their left hand until the wedding.  (Of course after the engagement there is always a big feast.)

These same engagement rings will serve as the wedding rings! The engaged couple will not buy another pair. These rings have been blessed and are binding them. At the wedding ceremony, the priest once again blesses the rings at which time the bride and groom switch the rings to the right hand.



Right before the wedding the couple gives the rings to the goldsmith to have them polished and inscribed on the inside with their names and date of the wedding. After the ceremony, the man will be wearing his ring that has the name of his wife engraved and vice versa. 






"Wedding rings are symbols of eternal love and devotion just as the circle of these gold wedding rings has no beginning or end."

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29 comments:

  1. I love this! Lots of interesting things I didn't know! Very cool!

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  2. I like the idea of inscribing your names and wedding date inside the rings! How special!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. It is, isn't it? Plus, there's no excuse for forgetting an anniversary, right?!!!

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  3. love the rings. Awesome pictures. I am your new follower and found you via thursday blog hop. my blog is fortheloveofkids.ca
    Please feel free to visit and follow. Thanks :)

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  4. you can find me at http://kiddiesfan.blogspot.ca/. thank you again :)

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  6. Oh I love these rings! Just found your cute blog through the blog hop. I'm a new follower. Hope you'll stop by sometime!

    RebeccawithanR

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  7. Hi Vicki,
    The rings are absolutely beautiful. The inscriptions personalize them so much more. It's romantic and classic.
    Thank you for linking up with us at the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.

    Karina
    http://momintheusa.blogspot.com

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  8. Very interesting! So would the engagement in Greece be like the US engagement party? And while the couple have obviously talked about it and agreed before hand they aren't officially engaged till the party?

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    1. Yes, something like that, but there's also a priest present to bless the engagement and make it 'official'.

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  9. These are pretty. I like no rock required, it takes the pressure off of the young guys. :)

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  10. beautiful.


    xx,
    klee

    kisskissbyklee.blogspot.com

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  11. I love the idea off buying the set together. We did just that for our wedding. I did get a diamond before. They were tiny little gold bands (what we could afford at the time). I received a beautiful new set on my 15th anniversary. I still choose to wear my little band on my left hand. I love the inscriptions on your photo. So sentimental.

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  12. Aren't they romantic? I got my diamond ring at my son's birth and the matching earrings at my daughter's birth. What if I kept having kids?!?!?!?!!!

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  13. What a wonderful post! Your newest follower #170 from the blog hop. Cheers.
    http://www.feralturtle.com

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  14. Ok...that is too cool! I am in love with the diamond bands! Stopping by from the "Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop" Happy New Follower!

    Tif
    Ramblings of a Southern Belle
    http://www.rambling-southern-belle.com

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  15. my engagement ring has 8 small diamonds on the side....how remarkable that we now have 8 kids!!

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  16. Love these ring and I miss Greece so much.
    Your newest follower via weekend blog hop.

    Vickie
    ohabbyday.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for following! I'll follow you right back!

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  18. Loved seeing all of these different rings. :)

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