June 22, 2007, Newsletter Issue #38: Gold vs. Silver for Wedding Rings

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Love and Pride Tip: Gold is the traditional metal for wedding or commitment rings, but mainstream and gay and lesbian commitment rings have been moving away from the traditional, plain gold band for some time now. Here is the breakdown of gold vs. silver:

Gold is the metal associated with the sun, which symbolizes the male element in the universe.
Gold is also a symbol of wealth, and is long-lasting and unaffected by the passage of time, as gold doesn't tarnish.Silver is associated with the female moon. Silver represents peace and serenity, and as it withstands the test of fire without altering purity.
Silver is traditionally associated with chastity, but in pagan symbolism the association of silver and the moon represents protection, deflecting negative energy as the moon deflects the rays of the sun. Silver was one of the first metals to be crafted by humans.

Many gay and lesbian wedding rings make use of both silver and gold in designs. If you're looking for particular gay or lesbian designs, the use of gems, particularly in the colors of the rainbow pride flag, is also common.

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