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Wedding rings are worn on the ring finger of the left hand in most Western countries, though it may be worn on the right hand's ring finger in other Eastern European and Asian countries including Poland, India and Russia. Wedding rings symbolize the European marriage commitment to fidelity.
In many cultures, wedding rings are the last in a series of pre-wedding gifts given to the bride by the groom. These gifts begin with the engagement ring and end with the wedding rings. The variety of different wedding rings and anniversary rings are part of the modern jewelry trade's efforts to expand their sales.
For example, when a man asks a woman to marry him, he may present her with an engagement ring or purchase one shortly thereafter. Wedding rings are purchased for both the bride and the groom. They can be bought individually or in matched sets. Other rings associated with wedding rings include promise rings that are given when a couple's dating becomes serious and eternity rings that are usually offered to wives after the birth of their first child.