New site feature:
Historically, wedding rings in many Western countries have been a moderately reliable indicator of someone’s marriage status (Figure 1).
However, as it has become more common for people to postpone marriage or not get married at all, the ring has become a less statistically reliable indicator of someone’s single-or-not status.
In addition to the classic wedding rings, other relationship statuses could be indicated by alternative ring designs.
PROS: Would allow wedding rings to convey more information, yet still remain fashionable.
CONS: Addressing all possible types of relationship status could result in an incredibly large and difficult-to-memorize number of ring designs.