Ohooo, I know, stop intimidating us by flaunting your engagement/wedding ring! we all know you are engaged/married.
Wedding rings are so beautiful, especially on the finger of anyone who wears them. They are good advisors that tell people to stay off a person, “he/she is married” it says.
Most women cannot wait for their lovers to put the ring on it, I can’t wait, I don’t know about you?
However, why is the wedding ring worn on the “ring finger” in the first place? . Can’t it be worn on another finger?, What’s the history behind putting the wedding ring on the fourth finger?
What Is the Ring Finger?
In many Western cultures, the ring finger is designated as the fourth finger on the left hand.
The tradition of wearing a wedding ring on this digit originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly to the heart.
The History of the Ring Finger
The tradition and symbolism of the ring finger can be traced back to ancient times.
According to a legend, “it was believed the ring finger had a vein that’s connected directly to the heart, so lovers’ hearts would be connected by their rings. The early Romans called this the Vena Amoris, or vein of love.”.
So, to solidify a union founded in love, a ring was placed on that specific finger to signify the romance that the newly wedded couple shared, essentially connecting their two hearts.
Sadly, our modern-day understanding of anatomy shows that all fingers have venous connections to the heart and no such singular vein exists, shattering the adorable symbolism.
However, tradition still holds true for many couples who designate their left-hand ring finger to signify their commitment to each other.
Engagement or Wedding Ring, Which should come First?
If you’ve decided to wear your engagement and wedding rings on the same finger, you may be wondering about stacking.
Married people conventionally wear their wedding bands closest to their hearts, meaning that the wedding ring comes first, then the engagement ring follows.
Most people do this on their wedding day, the most popular strategy, so as not to be confused is to switch over your engagement ring to your right hand just before you walk down the aisle, so that your spouse-to-be can slide the band right up your left finger. It can be topped off with the engagement ring during the ceremony, or later on.
Moreover, some brides opt to have their wedding and engagement rings soldered together into one unified piece, as it introduces an entirely new “marital bond”.
Can I Wear Rings on My Ring Finger If I’m Not Engaged or Married?
An old wives’ tale denotes that wearing a non-committal ring on your left-hand ring finger could be bad luck. Not the superstitious type? Because, wearing a ring on that finger could signify to others that you are in a committed relationship, which might not be ideal if you’re still single and searching.
Culled from BRIDES