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It's National Wedding Ring Day!

February 2, 2011 |  7:00 am


Yes, there is more than the usual reason to celebrate Thursday. Feb. 3 is National Wedding Ring Day. Yes, wedding rings are among the plethora of items, ideas, events and people that get their own "national days."

I'm not sure who decided this. But who cares? Nuptial rings have been traditional in cultures and eras around the world for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore them; Pope Nicolas I decreed that an engagement ring was required for all engaged couples in AD 860. Double-ring ceremonies became popular in post-World War II America in the 1950s. Wedding rings have been around long enough; they deserve a little recognition.

But more than that, it's just fun to look at wedding and engagement rings. So here to start your day off are a few notables.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Natalie Portman. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images