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Couple Promise Rings Set - WHICH HAND is the right one?

The engagement ring: Which hand you choose is entirely yours to decide

The marriage proposal has been planned until the very last detail, and the perfect engagement ring has been chosen - there is only one question to be answered what hand will the ring be put on? We want to explain how the tradition of an engagement ring was born.

What is the reason that the tradition of engagement rings in use today?



The engagement ring was worn as the promise to marry in the near future. This custom is rooted in the process of buying a bride. In the past bachelors would search for the perfect woman to marry. When they found the perfect bride and negotiated with her father for a dowry to be paid for the wedding they were planning to have. This tradition has been kept in this country and the person who proposes marriage to their partner, puts an engagement ring around their finger.

Where do you wear the engagement ring?

In the United States it is customary to put the engagement ring on the finger left hand. It stays there until the wedding ceremony. It is believed that the ring symbolizes the path between the partner's hand and the heart. You may be familiar with the saying"Left is good, Right is bad, and you don't want to forget it during the excitement of the wedding. The engagement ring is traditionally placed on the left of the finger that is the ring. But where did this tradition come from?

Why why is it that a band is typically worn on the right side?

It is believed that the reason we and many other nations wear engagement rings on the left finger dates to the past. The Greeks who used engagement rings as a sign of commitment and a planned marriage, are believed to wear these rings on the finger that holds the ring of the left hand. They believed that a vein – the "Vena Amoris" that ran through this finger and travelled directly to the heart.

Last but not least the ancient Egyptians and the Romans also attributed great importance to the ring finger on the left hand and utilized it to put on the engagement ring.

Modernity or tradition Who buys engagement rings?

In many relationships, the man is the one who decides to propose. In the process, they usually purchase engagement rings. But it is also possible for a woman to propose first, and have the rings that match. Some couples decide to marry together and pick the rings together. Everyone can express their own personal style with the design of the engagement ring and the choice. But what if a man also is looking to put an engagement ring on his wrist?

Do men wear engagement ring?

The person who wants to propose will typically purchase a ring for the partner. But of course everyone is free to choose what they want here Men may also want to wear a sign of their engagement and purchase a ring for men themselves at the same time. And women who propose to their partner often don't want to do without the ring that symbolizes their proposal themselves. In the past, it was even common for engaged couples to purchase engagement rings together. The rings were removed shortly prior to the wedding and then re-attached during the ceremony. You can buy an engagement ring that is only one or a piece of jewellery for each of you.

And where do you traditionally wear your wedding ring?

In the time of engagement, couples ask themselves: On which side will you wear your wedding ring? In Germany it is common to wear the wedding ring on the right hand. This tradition, which is founded in the Bible is particularly important for Catholics. In the Bible specifically, in Exodus 15:6, we read that the right hand is the most beneficial hand. And the left hand is regarded as an unclean hand in the strict Catholic faith. This categorization is also found in German. For instance, everyone has heard the saying "Everything is legal". The wedding ring has its traditional spot on the ring finger of the right hand. What happens to the engagement ring once the wedding is over? It is a piece of jewelry that has emotional value for the wearer in the time between wedding and engagement.

What happens to the engagement ring after the marriage?

Many women feel the same experience that they wear their beautiful engagement ring for months or even years prior the wedding. They become used to the ring and form a bond with it. This results in the desire to keep wearing the engagement ring even after the wedding and even after putting on the wedding ring. But what is the most effective method to achieve this? If you or your fiancée want to wear the engagement ring for a lifetime, you have various options.

What other options are there for wearing both rings simultaneously?

If the wedding and engagement rings appear visually in harmony it is possible to leave both on the finger. There's nothing wrong with this approach If you are comfortable with it. You continue to wear the engagement ring to the left hand side and the wedding ring on the right.

You could also swap fingers. Many people put the engagement rings on the middle finger of their right hand after the wedding.

You can also continue to wear the engagement ring as an ornament. This is a great option for those who do not want to let the engagement ring collect dust in a drawer, but is concerned that having two rings on one hand is too much.

It is also common to wear the engagement ring as a ring: This goes to the ring finger of the right hand and is worn immediately before the wedding ring.

If you feel comfortable wearing both rings, and they can be worn together, then you can. It is recommended to choose wedding bands and engagement rings simultaneously if you have this information prior to the engagement. Make sure that they match each other in terms design and material, and create a beautiful overall image. Contact our support for more details.

Engagement rings: In other countries where the ring is made, which side is chosen?

It isn't really understood why the ring should be worn on the right hand in this country or in other countries. This is the reason why customs differ in different countries.

In general, couples in Mediterranean countries usually wear their wedding rings on their left hand. This is true for instance in France, Switzerland or Portugal. The further north you go and the further north you go, the more likely your right hand will be chosen for the wedding ring.

In Germany as we have already mentioned, the right hand is the traditional wedding ring hand. But

Is this decision mandatory or is it an option? You can choose which hand you prefer for the symbol of your wedding?

No obligation

It is not mandatory to wear your wedding ring on the hand that is weaker. Perhaps, like a lot of couples today you'd rather wear the ring on the hand that is less able. The ring won't wear out as quickly. And it does not bother anyone who isn't familiar with wearing rings. The ring is a representation of your love, and that's all that matters. Whatever you decide, the wedding ring will be valid in any hand and serves its purpose.

Does it matter if you are right-handed or left-handed?

You can put your rings on the hand you use less frequently, i.e. the hand you use less often. If you are left-handed then it's likely to be your right hand.

The decision of which hand to wear the engagement ring is totally yours

There are a few uncertainties regarding the engagement ring you could face when planning your wedding placing it on your right hand is no longer one of them. You can decide if you want to wear the engagement rings left-handed or prefer a different design. You now have a variety of options to choose from for what to do with this piece of jewelry after the wedding is over.

We're happy to assist you in finding the perfect engagement ring for your future bride-to-be. In our online shop you will find a beautiful selection of ring models made from different materials and in different colors. We will also help you determine the appropriate ring size. Do you want to embosse your engagement or wedding rings? We can also do this with high-quality without a long wait time. And lastly our experienced team at JC Wedding Rings will be glad to help you with any queries you may have about engagement rings and wedding rings.

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