Which hand does a wedding ring go on?
27th Oct 2016
People often ask, ‘Which hand does a wedding ring go on?’ However, the real question is how often can this be answered with complete certainty? Well, here is the answer your wedding ring goes on the fourth finger of your left hand which is also known as ‘the ring finger’. A wedding ring is one of the most commonly worn pieces of jewellery by both men and women but it is rare for people to understand the symbolic meaning behind it and why it should be worn on the left hand. The history behind the use of wedding rings holds so much sentiment and tradition that it has been able to remain current for hundreds of years. Over time the hand on which the wedding ring has been worn has differed between fingers on both the right and left hands and has even been worn on the thumb! Ultimately though, as generations have passed, tradition has taken its toll with the fourth finger on the left earning the name of ‘the ring finger’. There are many different myths and stories as to why the left hand is the perfect choice, but which ones hold truth? The Ancient Romans set the tradition of wearing the ring on the left hand for a reasoning which is still wholeheartedly believed in to this day. The fourth finger of this hand was believed to be the only one with a vein connecting straight to the heart. This vein was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ which is Latin for the ‘vein of love’, and because of this held the symbolic meaning of eternal love. Even to this day this gorgeous theory has remained popular and remains the reason for many that the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. Being hopeless romantics, we find it hard not to fall in love with this beautiful and poetic theory. The most popular modern day theory is a little less affectionate and derives from a more practical mindset.Today, people will often choose to wear their wedding band on the ring finger due to gold being a soft and easily damaged metal. With most of us being right handed and rarely using our left, this provides the ring with a little more protection and is therefore less likely to get chipped or worn down. Whether you are a fairy tale chaser like us or the type of person that prefers the practicality of life, we can agree that the left hand is the one for the wedding ring. Why don’t you take a look at our stunning wedding ring collection at Browns Family Jewellers and find the perfect band for you? Image 1: http://www.trevifountain.net/description.htm Feature Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_ring