Ring etiquette

It’s been a long time since our last post as… we are expecting a baby soon! So you can imagine, other things have taken priority for now… Nonetheless a dear friend’s recent engagement has reminded us of a lovely card she sent us when we got engaged ourselves with an insert message:

 Left hand ring looks so right on you

… which prompted us to share with you a few bits on ring etiquette.

A ring symbolises eternity, with no beginning and no end, and signifies never-ending love. A ring is often given at engagement to represent commitment for each other, but how it is worn can be different across the globe.

In Western cultures, e.g. in the UK, USA, Brazil and Australia, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger (the one next to your pinky) of the left hand, while in some Eastern European countries, e.g. Poland and Ukraine, the ring is worn on the same finger but on the right hand. That is why the fourth finger is also called the ‘ring finger’. The fourth finger of the left hand was believed to be connected to the ‘vein of love’, which supposedly ran directly from the left ring finger to the heart, the organ associated with love. This is now considered to be a myth, which can be traced back to ancient Egypt and probably came to existence because the human heart leans slightly to the left. In some Asian and African counties, the engagement ring is worn on the middle finger, which is probably to do with local traditions.

Around the world, rings are exchanged at weddings to symbolise a vow of love for each other. A way not to part from your engagement ring for your special occasion is that, prior to the ceremony, the engagement ring should be moved to the opposite hand to make space for the wedding band.

Depending on traditions and personal preferences, the engagement ring is often worn on top of the wedding band, which should always be worn ‘closest to your heart’. It is important to remember while the engagement ring is typically the ‘bling’, it only signifies the intention of marriage; the wedding band stands for the commitment to marriage itself and is considered to be more significant.

With many congratulations on the engagement to our dear friend and we look forward to celebrating the beginning of your life together!

See this link for reference.

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