Within my tradition, a couple is officially married when one partner gives the other something of easily assessed value; which is probably the original reason why Jewish wedding bands don’t usually have stones — the addition of the gems makes easily assessing the value impossible. The result is that while we usually use a ring in a wedding, it doesn’t HAVE to be a ring. Yup, the object used in the ceremony CAN be a ring or it could be something like a watch or a coin; you name it. So long as you can easily determine the value, you are good to go.
So how might you cover all your bases? How about using a ring that WAS a coin. A craftsman from Columbus, Indiana is doing just that and the jewelry he is creating looks great! As he explains:
We offer Custom “handcrafted” double-sided coin rings and pendants. Each ring starts with a hand-selected circulated coin and is shaped from the flat coin to a custom ring that retains all the coin’s individual characteristics. War Eagle Rings does not cut or solder the ring, but forms it from the solid coin which saves the great details of the coin.
Here are some examples …
At prices that start at around $25, that is pretty awesome for an original, custom ring! You can check out more of the coin-rings here.