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The Ring

Which Is the Engagement Ring Finger?

Which Is the Engagement Ring Finger?

For hundreds of years now, diamond bands have been revolved as part of wedding conventions, and they have become accepted globally as symbols of eternal love, promise, and faithfulness. But which finger exactly should the engagement band be worn? In most European nations, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand which is also referred to as the ring finger. This established practice can be trailed back to Ancient Romans who held that the ring finger had a vein that ran precisely to the heart.

This theory has since been proven to be erroneous, but the tradition still stands in most societies even today. However, not all civilizations follow this heritage as there are individuals in countries such as Russia and India who wear engagement rings on the right hand. In most English speaking countries such as Britain, USA, Finland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, the man proposes to the woman with an engagement band which he puts it on the fourth finger of her left hand. After tying the knot, the woman can opt to wear both the wedding ring and the engagement ring on the same finger.

This is the prevailing routine even though a woman can still elect to don the wedding band alone. Both bands are therefore worn on the same finger; the ring finger on the left hand where the wedding ring is usually placed on the finger first followed by the engagement ring. This happens because a wedding ring is not supposed to be removed while the engagement ring is regularly taken off when a woman is performing her chores since it's bulky. In counties which prefer using the right hand for an engagement ring, they put the engagement band first followed by the wedding band.

In Venezuela, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, among other countries, this is the entrenched custom regardless of the religion, and they put the rings in that order because they are given in that very order. Present-day Jewish couples also put the wedding band on the fourth finger of the right hand during the bridal ceremony and change it to the left hands ring finger after the bridal service is over. Engagement rings are also used in several Islamic countries such as West Asia and South Asia, but the disparity is that they are worn by both men and women.

Women don them on the ring finger of the left hand while men wear them on the ring finger of the right hand. Traditionally, Muslim bridal ceremonies do not involve wedding bands, but in instances where they are used, they are worn on either of the ring fingers. Some of the Islamic countries that use a wedding ring during the wedding ceremony are such as Iran where it is worn on the right-hand ring finger. So the finger that holds the engagement ring is determined by the culture, lifestyle, and your country of origin. You can also decide not to follow the tradition and go for what feels right for you and your partner.