The meaning of a ring on each finger
Rings have a long history with mankind. They have been used by kings, merchants, and just regular people to relay messages and at times show power, trust, and love. They are worn on different fingers depending with what they are meant to signify. In addition to admiring your beautiful jewellery, people may look at how you wear your rings and make inferences about your personality, relationship status, and other factors, so before putting on your rings, it is helpful to understand what each finger says about you and your lifestyle.
This blog is meant to give an insight to the meaning and symbolism of the rings you put on your fingers. It is important to note that both hands are acceptable for wearing rings.
The meaning of each finger
Each finger brings with it a different meaning. It is key to understand what each finger symbolizes in order to understand where to wear each ring.
The ‘pinky’ finger
Wearing a pinky ring for men has a long history of symbolism. For example, in Victorian times, men including Prince Albert would wear their wedding band on their pinky ring. Sometimes, it was also stacked underneath their signet ring which was also worn on their pinky finger. Pinky rings, on either hand, in US used to be associated with the culture of organized crime, on the other hand the little ‘pinky’ finger has become a fashion statement in recent years. People choose to wear rings on these fingers to bring added attention to the hand. They can be quite daring as they really do make a statement, but they can look amazing! It’s a way to say “I am a fashionista in my own right !
The “wedding” ring finger
The finger next to the “pinky” is mostly known as a “wedding” ring finger, however they are four reasons why one would wear a ring on this finger. These are:
-Interestingly, most people think the origin of this custom stems from an ancient Roman belief that a direct vein travels straight from your ring finger to your heart, called vena amoris or the “vein of love”. Because of that, it was the natural finger to wear a wedding ring on.
– on the other hand a ring worn on the left ring finger can also indicate that the wearer is engaged to be married, a tradition believed to date back to the time of ancient Romans. At the time of the wedding, the bride may choose to continue wearing her engagement ring on the left ring finger with her wedding ring or switch it to another finger.
– Some people choose to wear a promise ring on the left ring finger, although this is reserved for serious romantic promises.
– Many young people also choose to wear a chastity ring, or purity ring, on the left ring finger. This is to signify an abstinence from intimate relations until marriage.
Although they are four reasons one can wear a ring on this finger the main reasons are marriage and an indication that one is engaged.
The middle finger
A ring located at the centre of the hand is said to symbolize responsibility and balance, however rings worn on the middle finger are not common and it is advisable not to wear anything bulky on this finger as anything bulky can be quite a hindrance to fine manual tasks. Therefore it is best to keep things small and simple if you’re wearing them on your middle finger. Wearing a ring on your middle finger is a very bold choice that gets you noticed and maybe it can even be a conversation starter.
The index or pointer finger
The index finger a good place for things like class rings, fraternal rings, or family and membership crests, although many men (especially younger, unmarried men) opt for the ring finger out of habit instead. It is a very good place for showing off an important ring. It’s the most dominant finger, it symbolizes power or authority and leadership. If you want your ring to get noticed, wear it on your index finger.
In most societies, a thumb ring on a man is a sign of wealth or influence, and they tend to be broad or bulky to reflect that .A thumb ring on the left hand doesn’t make a statement about your relationship status, profession, or any other important part of your life. However, it is a great location for a fashion statement.
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