Sunday 17 December 2017

Martina Devlin: Shane should forfeit his €40,000 wedding ring before it turns into a big millstone

THERE'S something elementally symbolic in its simplicity about a plain gold band worn on the third finger of the left hand – whose vein, the vena amoris, was once believed to run directly to the heart.

Simplicity isn't for everyone, of course, but it has a transcendent purity. As for that "gentleman's platinum two-row channel-set 31.41 carat baguette diamond wedding ring" worn by Shane Filan – it's also emblematic, but in quite a different way.

It's not for us to judge whether blingtastic rings are tasteful or trashy: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But a flamboyant marriage ring within twinkling distance of a €40,000 price tag is so much more than a symbol – by design, it's a statement.

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