The Ring is common to
many cultures as the perfect symbol of love. Its unbroken shape represents
eternity and has symbolized a lover's pledge since the days of early
Rome. Rings given in affection were usually worn on the left ring finger or
the right middle finger, probably because ancient Egyptian physicians believed
nerves from these fingers led straight to the heart.
Spoons have also been used as love tokens through the ages, perhaps because they nestle together so closely. This may suggest the origin of the more contemporary term "spooning," which is still associated with courting. In the 1700s, young Welshmen began to carve intricate wooden spoons for their ladies, embellishing the designs with hearts for love, anchors for hope, keys for trust, and birds for affection. A lady might be so proud of her lover's handiwork that she would hang the spoon in her window, not only to display the elaborate carving but to announce the engagement to the world as well.