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Engagement ring: Which hand is the correct one?

Engagement ring is worn on the left hand

The ring finger of the left hand symbolizes the direct path to the heart of the beloved partner. In Germany and in most other countries the engagement ring is therefore worn on the left hand. After the wedding ceremony the engagement ring can be changed to the ring finger of the right hand and can then worn in front of the wedding ring.

Of course, there are no rules for wearing engagement rings. Whatever hand the woman prefers to wear the engagement ring - as a symbol of love it is valid on both hands!

Why is the engagement ring worn on the left hand?

For the ancient Egyptians and Romans, the left ring finger had a special meaning. The Greeks, who were the first to give engagement rings, also wore the ring on their left ring finger. At that time people believed that a vein led from the left ring finger to the heart - the "Vena Amoris". The engagement ring on the left ring finger has kept it's symbolic meaning until today: The direct connection to the heart, the place of all feelings of love.

Wearing the engagement ring: The differences

In Germany and Austria, it is common for a woman to wear the engagement ring on the ring finger of the left hand. The wedding ring is meant to be worn on the right hand. But on which hand is the engagement ring being worn in Switzerland?

Although Switzerland is very close to us, this Alpine country has its own rules. In Switzerland and some of the southern European countries, the engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand, the wedding ring on the left hand.

Engagement ring and wedding ring on which hand in which country?

Country Engagement ring Engagement and wedding ring
Bulgaria left right
Germany left right
Italy right left
Croatia right left
Netherlands right left
Norway left right
Austria left right
Poland left right
Portugal right left
Russia left right
Switzerland right left
Spain right left
Turkey left right
Ukraine left right
USA right left
Cyprus right left

 

Wear the engagement ring together with the wedding band

Especially as women usually develop a strong love for their engagement ring and do not want to miss it anymore, the engagement ring can of course still be worn on the left hand after the wedding ceremony and the wedding ring on the right.

However, it is much nicer to wear the engagement ring after the wedding in front of the wedding ring. Some engagement rings are difficult to combine with a wedding ring. Some jewellery manufacturers have recognised this problem and manufacture wedding rings to match the engagement ring.

For many of our engagement ring models we offer perfectly matching wedding rings. These models perfectly harmonise with the corresponding engagement ring, both in the shape of the ring band and in the colour of the precious metal.

If you would like to know whether there are wedding rings that perfectly match your engagement ring, just give us a call: + 44 20 380 832 99. Or discover now how easy it is to design your wedding rings yourself.

FAQs on the topic „Which hand“

Where is the engagement ring worn?

It is common for women in Europe to wear the engagement ring on their left hand. The romantic explanation: The ring finger of the left hand is connected to the heart of the beloved partner.
After the wedding ceremony, the engagement ring can be moved to the right hand and is then worn in front of the wedding ring.

Is it possible to wear the engagement ring on the right hand?

Yes, the engagement ring can be worn on the right hand. There are no rules for where the engagement ring should be worn. If the woman prefers to wear the engagement ring on her right hand that is perfect too. In the end of the day, the engagement ring is a symbol of love on both hands.

Which hand means engaged and which means married?

A ring on the left hand can mean that the person is engaged. A ring on the ring finger of the right hand usually means that the person is married.
However, there are women who like to wear their rings where they want to and do not respect the conventions mentioned.

What ring do you wear where?

In England for example, the engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand. Also the wedding rings are usually worn on the ring finger of the left hand.

Does the ring finger have a vein to the heart?

No, it's not. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans believed that the ring finger had a vein with a direct connection to the heart. It was called "Vena Amoris" (love vein). Even today, wearing the engagement ring on the left ring finger goes back to this myth.

Which finger is the right one for the engagement ring?

In England for example, the engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand. Even after the wedding, the engagement ring is often worn on the left hand together with the engagement ring.

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