Many Romans could buy the hand of a bride through bribery of her father. In that culture, a ring of a hard metal would be seen more as a symbol of ownership than true love. Around 900 AD, intricately engraved wedding bands were used in Christian ceremonies. The church later deemed the rings to be overly worldly, and a more simple gold band was adopted. In cultures where jewelry was considered frivolous, such as early Puritan America, a more practical thimble was occasionally given to show affection. Today, the ring is used to solidify the bond between two individuals in love, and rings are normally made of a pure, soft metal.