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Also, in the Middle East the puzzle ring was a historical custom: this ring consisted of several pieces that joined together into a cohesive band when worn properly.The object of this style of ring was to render it very difficult to put on the finger properly such that, if the wife removed it, her husband would know.In many nations the engagement rings are plain while the bride's wedding ring commonly is bejeweled.Some customs include the wedding ring as the final of a series of gifts, which also may include the engagement ring, traditionally given as a betrothal present.
For example, see the image below of the Byzantine ring depicting Christ uniting bride and groom.
In Germany, in has been customary for both the bride and the groom to wear a wedding ring since at least the 1870s In Brazil, Mexico and Spain both sexes also wear engagement rings, and the groom's ring often becomes a wedding ring in the nuptial exchange ceremony.
In The Netherlands plain bands can be worn on either hand, left for Catholics and right for Protestants.
The fede ring, being a band consisting of two hands clasped in betrothal, is another historical custom of Europe that ostensibly dates from antiquity.
In 1942 during the Second World War, British wartime restrictions on the manufacture of jewelry resulted in "utility" wedding rings that were limited to a maximum mass of two pennyweights, being slightly heavier than 3 grams, and were forged of 9 carat gold rather than the traditional 22 carat.