Which Hand for Engagement Rings – Left or Right Hand?

Engagement ring worn on the correct hand and finger

Which hand does the engagement ring go on?

By tradition, the engagement ring goes on the third finger of the left hand. This is the official ring finger.

Before marriage or after marriage. For male or female hands. Both the engagement ring and wedding ring are worn on the left hand.

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Which goes on first, the wedding ring or engagement ring?

Once married, the engagement ring is placed on the finger after the wedding ring. Because the engagement ring is removed for day-to-day tasks, this is a more practical way to wear the rings. The removal of the engagement ring for day-to-day tasks ensures protection to ensure the continued shine and sparkle of the ring.

Which hand for engagement rings? Showing both the wedding ring and engagement ring on the hand

Worn together on the left hand, the wedding ring is placed on before the engagement ring.

Why is the engagement ring worn on the left hand?

The main reason the left hand was adopted by tradition as the engagement ring hand stems from ancient tradition. Some ancient cultures believed in a vein flowing from the left hand to the heart.

Does the Vena Amoris vein flow directly to the heart?

Many romantics quote a very old myth that the ring finger has a vein flowing directly to the heart—aka the Vena Amoris. Although very romantic, this simply is not true. There is no specific vein in the ring finger directly connected to the heart.

A practical explanation for wearing an engagement ring on the left hand

Since most people are right-handed, there is a certain practical sense to wearing an engagement ring on the left hand. An engagement ring and wedding ring receive less wear than if worn on the dominant hand.

Which hand does the engagement ring go on before marriage?

What to do with your engagement ring on your wedding day

Before marriage, the engagement ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand. There are many opinions about how to wear your engagement ring on the big day. Most brides place their engagement ring on the right hand before the ceremony. After the wedding ceremony, the engagement ring goes back onto the ring finger of the left hand.

What if your engagement ring won’t fit onto your right hand? Or what if your engagement ring cannot be removed?

There are two suggestions in this instance. Either leave your engagement ring on the existing finger. If you can remove your engagement ring, you could leave it in trust with a relative during the ceremony. Worn for many years, without removal, your ring might be difficult to remove due to swollen fingers, or even due to enlarged knuckles. If you really cannot remove the ring, our advice would be to seek professional help. It simply is not healthy to wear a ring, so tight, that it cannot be removed.

Why do some photographs show engagement rings and wedding rings on the right hand?

Some bridal photos show the engagement ring and wedding ring worn on the right hand. This can be a result of the photograph itself appearing in reverse and the opposite way around to when the photograph was taken.

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark co-founded Serendipity Diamonds in 2007 after 20 years working with loose diamonds and jewellery. Mark is a keen jewellery and gemstone photographer, blogger and content writer. He works alongside a small team in their Ryde showroom and spends his spare time working on jewellery photography projects and with his two young children. I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username ukmarkj

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark co-founded Serendipity Diamonds in 2007 after 20 years working with loose diamonds and jewellery. Mark is a keen jewellery and gemstone photographer, blogger and content writer. He works alongside a small team in their Ryde showroom and spends his spare time working on jewellery photography projects and with his two young children. I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username ukmarkj