There are endless ways to play sports, and your wedding ring is no different. It comes in many styles and materials, from gold to platinum to titanium. There are small bands that wrap around the finger for a more delicate look, or wider bands for more of a statement. You could even wear two wedding rings at once if you’re feeling especially daring!
How you choose to wear your wedding ring is an expression of yourself as a person and an individual. The main thing is that it’s something that makes you comfortable—as long as it fits well enough not to get stuck on your wrist while you go about your day, there’s little else that matters.
What’s important here isn’t what style or form of your wedding band it takes—it’s the commitment behind it all. Only once you’ve been with someone through thick and thin and still want them by your side do you get a ring like this: the one constant reminder of all those amazing memories.
If you’re already married, you’ve probably committed to wearing your wedding ring, but have you been doing it right all along?
If you’re already married, you’ve probably committed to wearing your wedding ring, but have you been doing it right all along? It can be easy to just slip on any finger of your dominant hand without thinking about it too much. But if you want to do things the traditional way, there’s a specific order in which you should wear them.
- Plain band at the base of your thumb 1) Plain band on top of your index finger
- Signet (or inner) ring on the index finger 2) Signet (or inner) ring at the base of your thumb
- Plain band on middle finger 3) Plain band at the base of your pointer finger
- Signet (or inner) ring at the base of your pointer finger 4) Signet (or inner) ring on top of your middle finger
It may feel strange at first to have these rings nestled so close together and perpendicular to one another, but if they are worn correctly they shouldn’t interfere with one another or cause discomfort.
The short answer is….it depends on your location and personal preference.
There are some countries where wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger is considered unlucky. In many of these places, the tradition of wearing a wedding ring on the left pinky finger has taken hold, so that instead of the customary location on the fourth finger, your wedding band can be worn on this spot. As you already know, this finger is said to be connected with love. The Egyptians believed that having your wedding band on this particular finger would cause it to feel more passion and could even lead to a lifelong romance that might include “love at first sight.”
But did you know that in other parts of the world, different fingers and hands are used to display this life-long commitment?
However, for the most part, Western culture has standardized the ways you wear your ring. In these societies, married people wear their wedding band on the fourth finger of their left hand—a tradition that originated in ancient Rome and Greece.
What you may not know is that other cultures have different traditions regarding which fingers to use when donning this important accessory. When you’re planning an international trip with your significant other and want to keep a low profile, be sure to keep in mind how the locals do things when it comes to wedding bands.
While it’s customary for Americans and Europeans to display their marriages on their left hands, many parts of the world like India or Eastern Europe follow different traditions when it comes time to show off their relationships. While some choose to place engagement rings on their right hands instead of a wedding band, others wear both on different fingers altogether. If you’re planning a trip abroad with your partner and plan on wearing your wedding band as you normally would back home, consider these alternatives so that you can fit into local culture more seamlessly!
Wear wedding rings on the right hand for good luck.
So why do we wear wedding rings on our right hands? It’s a tradition dating back to ancient times and has now spread to encompass different cultures.
Labeled as a lucky charm, wedding rings are intended to bring good fortune, but they can also be seen as a symbol of devotion. For example, wearing rings on the right hand signifies one’s willingness to stay faithful and honor his or her partner. There are numerous explanations for why this particular hand is used; however, there is no definitive answer about its origins.
The most popular story about it comes from Russia—a country that’s known for its weddings and chaotic roads—where it is believed that the left hand controls the brain; therefore, if you wear a ring on your left hand, you will likely get distracted (or even killed) by an oncoming vehicle while driving. On the other hand, engagement rings worn on the right ring finger have been said to have magical powers such as healing wounds and easing labor pain during childbirth.
More married women are opting for engagement rings on both hands as opposed to just one.
As marriage rates fall and more women take on leadership roles in offices and other workplaces, wedding rings are slowly becoming another thing we wear on both hands.
What does it mean to wear your wedding ring on the right hand?
It’s no longer just a sign that you’re married or engaged—it also says something about who you are. Wearers have been opting for multi-hand rings over the long-standing tradition of wearing one ring on their left hand. Even Pope Francis has worn his ring on both hands at various times since he became pope in 2013.
In 2016, the New York Times reported that women had begun switching up where they wore their engagement rings as well—to their right hands instead of just wearing one on their left hand. This is partly due to tradition, but mostly because it’s easier to keep track of only one ring when we really want two hands free for a variety of tasks throughout our daily lives. By getting an engagement band that complements your main ring, you could even feasibly leave them both on all the time without feeling weighed down or forgetting about either one! It’s all about embracing what makes sense for you and your lifestyle!
While some cultures allow both partners to wear their rings on either hand, others dictate right or left hand choices based on gender.
In the United States, Germany, and India, it is customary to wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand. In Russia, Germany, and India, this tradition is still followed by some, but in most other countries people have abandoned this custom.
The reason why both these traditions are still maintained in these three countries is because they have a long history of using rings as a symbol of marriage. While wearing rings has been common since ancient times (and was even worn by some other cultures before that), only in the last few centuries have wedding rings become commonplace amongst Westerners.
In ancient Rome and Greece, where gold jewelry was commonly used for adornment and personal ornamentation throughout much of their history, it wasn’t until very late into their history that actual jewelry became a status symbol associated with marriage. The first widespread use of wedding rings was during the early-to-mid Middle Ages (more specifically around 100 to 1000 AD), when religious courts began to enforce specific rules about when married people were allowed to wear certain types of jewelry such as engagement rings. By medieval times (1100 AD onward), a large number of universities had created written regulations regarding engagement ring etiquette and what could be worn with them. With so many strict restrictions on engagement ring wearing in place prior to 1200 AD/1300 AD, it isn’t hard to see why many cultures do not recognize modern Western traditions as being typical or acceptable ways for couples to express their commitment to one another at weddings today.
If you’re not planning on getting married anytime soon…well…we don’t have much advice besides keeping that rock sparkling! 😉
Treat your ring like the treasure it is! Cleaning it daily will not only keep it looking newer, but also prevent any unnecessary wear that could potentially ruin the shine.
Working with a microfiber cloth (which you can buy at your local drug store), you’ll want to gently wipe off any dirt or dust that may have settled on the surface of your ring over time. After wiping off any visible dirt, you’ll then want to clean out any grooves in between the prongs setting the gem (these are where a lot of grime and gunk tend to build up). Finally, using two different clean towels or cloths (one dry, one dampened slightly), use little circular motions to buff away any final debris. When finished cleaning your wedding band, remember to never wear it when doing housework or other chores and always store it separately from other jewelry so gems don’t get scratched or damaged.
We’ve got the low-down on which hands are *the* hands when it comes to wearing your wedding band.
If you’re getting married soon, it’s important to know the proper etiquette for wearing your wedding ring. Although most of us are accustomed to seeing married people wear their rings on their left hand, there’s a delicate dance when it comes to determining which hand is the correct one—and that can change depending on where you live. In some countries, including China and Japan, men wear the band on their right hands while women wear theirs on the left. In other countries with strong cultural ties to Catholicism (like Mexico and Italy), men typically wear their bands on their right hands while women wear them on their left. This practice has been adopted by those who want to show off others aspects of their weddings, such as engagement rings or other jewelry. Then there are cultures in which both genders might sport a ring on either hand, but never at the same time!
Other cultures even have different traditions around what finger should receive the band:
The Greeks: Rings are worn from thumb to pinky finger
The Hindus: Rings are worn from thumb to pinky finger
This is why it’s so important for newlyweds to make sure they check out local customs before choosing where and how they’ll show off this symbol of your love and commitment!
With the recent surge of couples opting for engagement rings, we thought it would be useful to look at this tradition from a practical perspective. Specifically, how should you wear your wedding band?
The US and UK are both powerful proponents of wearing a wedding band on the left hand (the ring finger). There are many claims about this, but one thing is certain: it’s considered common practice in those countries, and most people tend to follow suit. In other parts of the world—like Japan, for example—it’s different. By and large, women use their engagement rings as a constant reminder that they’re committed to their spouses until death do them part (or divorce them), whereas men usually keep their wedding bands on their right hands. Some parts of Asia also have a more “western” custom of keeping one’s engagement ring on the right hand while wearing one’s wedding ring on the left hand. Where you live largely determines which way you should go with this tradition; there isn’t any universal rule or standard because nobody really knows why these customs exist in some cultures but not others.
It does seem like an oft-repeated fact that older couples are more likely to adhere to traditions regarding weddings , but sometimes traditions change over time . This is true when it comes down to something so personal as jewelry design . Even if someone in her twenties or thirties wears her wedding ring on her fourth finger , she may end up doing so out of habit instead of intention . It doesn’t even have to be the same woman—in fact, there’s almost no correlation between who wears what and who were married first . Just ask Kate Middleton , whose mother wore her engagement ring on her right hand before she took hers off altogether as soon as she became Queen Consort.
If your partner has a better idea than yours about which ways he or she should wear his or her jewelry , then by all means let him or her know! Engagement rings can serve double duty.