Whether you're thinking of proposing, tying the knot, or just curious we're revealing which finger you wear the engagement and wedding ring in our essential guide.
Which Finger Do You Wear Engagement and Wedding Ring?
In the UK it's traditional to wear an engagement and wedding ring together on the fourth finger of your left hand, as seen in the picture below. While the engagement ring is usually placed on top of the wedding ring, you can choose which way round you prefer.
Around the world you will find different customs on how to wear wedding rings. The Claddagh ring tradition in Ireland for instance means something different depending on how you wear it. Wearing a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown facing away from you indicates you are engaged, whereas wearing a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned inward shows you are married.
History of Wearing Engagement and Wedding Ring
You may wonder where the tradition of wearing a wedding ring comes from. Which finger we wear our wedding ring has roots from ancient Egypt - it was believed that a vein known as the vein of love courses its way directly from the ring finger to the heart.
The engagement ring came much later in 1477 after Archduke Maximilian presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring to celebrate their engagement.
Today you also have the eternity ring which represents relationship milestones such as an important anniversary, or the birth of a child. This ring is often worn on the same finger as the wedding and engagement ring, but which finger you wear an eternity ring is down to what's comfortable.
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