Not sure which hand the engagement ring goes on? You’re not alone. The arrangement of rings and how they are worn can be a little confusing. In the United States, traditionally the engagement ring is worn on the left ring finger.
So out of all the fingers, why the left ring finger? The significance traces back to the ancient Roman times when it was believed the left ring finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart. This vein was called the "Vein of Love” which of course symbolized romance and love. However, not all countries around the world wear the engagement ring on the left hand. In some cultures, the engagement ring is worn on the right hand before the wedding and then switched to the left hand after. Other cultures consider the left hand to be unlucky. So in cultures the believe that, rings are only worn on the ring hand.
What to do with the engagement ring during the wedding?
During the ceremony, it's suggested to move the engagement ring over to the right ring finger. This is to keep the left ring finger vacant for the ring exchange. After the ceremony, the engagement ring is then switched back to the left hand. It is stacked on top of the engagement ring making the wedding band the ring closest to the heart.
The best thing about jewelry is there's no concrete rule on how to wear it. It is all personal preference. Whether it's an engagement ring, wedding band or bracelet, it's ultimately up to the person wearing the piece to decide how it's going to be worn.
Mandy has been a jeweler for over 10 years and enjoys answering all diamond questions and clearing up any misconceptions. She is an expert when it comes to all things diamonds.