Engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand in many Western cultures, including the United States and much of Europe. In India, Spain, Peru, Norway and Denmark, couples wear rings on the fourth finger of the right hand.Continue Reading
The tradition of wedding and engagement rings on the fourth finger goes back to ancient Egyptians who believed a nerve ran from that finger straight to the heart. Greeks and Romans also believed this, and they called it the "vena amoris." While the tradition remains, it is not anatomically correct.
More practically, the ring finger is one of the least-used fingers on the hand, and most people are right-handed. Therefore, an engagement ring generally receives less damage on the fourth finger of the left hand.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
The most traditional way to wear a wedding and engagement ring set is to wear both rings on the third finger of the left hand. It is left to personal preference whether the engagement ring or the wedding ring goes on the finger first.Full Answer >
The custom of wearing wedding rings on the left hand originated in the third century B.C. in Greece. Physicians of that time incorrectly believed that a vein in the third finger of the left hand ran directly into the heart. Therefore, it made compelling sense that this body part should be chosen to bear a symbol of eternal love. The vein was known as "Vena Amoris," the "Vein of Love."Full Answer >
A wedding ring goes on the finger closest to the pinky on the left hand. One legend says that the Romans originated this tradition, as they believed a vein went from the ring finger to the heart.Full Answer >
Traditionally the engagement finger is worn on the fourth finger on the left hand. In some parts of Europe it is worn on the fourth finger of the right hand.Full Answer >