Though the plain gold band remains a staple of tradition, there are plenty of other wedding bands out there to choose from. I myself like the Celtic knot designs. Titanium and black zirconium bands, like the flat band with rounded edges above from Absolute Titanium Designs, are gaining in popularity. Mixed metals that make bands more colorful and striking are also creating a stir.
Of course, regardless of shape, size, or color, that wedding band is most often worn firmly on the fourth finger, better known as the ring finger. But why? According to Cool Quiz:
Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein of blood ran directly from the third finger on the left hand to the heart. Because of the hand-heart connection, they chose the descriptive name vena amori, Latin for the vein of love, for this particular vein.
Based upon this name, their contemporaries, purported experts in the field of matrimonial etiquette, wrote that it would only be fitting that the wedding ring be worn on this finger. By wearing the ring on the third finger of the left hand, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other.
The vein of love. I like it.