Engagement and wedding rings: traditions and etiquette

Engagement and wedding rings: traditions and etiquette

The engagement and wedding are important milestones in life, full of traditions and etiquette. The wedding rings and the engagement ring symbolize eternal love and devotion to one another. But how should the bride wear both of those rings? The engagement ring in front of the wedding ring or rather the other way around? And why do people wear them on their left ring finger? There is still a lot of confusion regarding these ancient customs. 

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On your wedding day, you exceptionally wear your engagement ring on your right ring finger. During the wedding ceremony, your future husband slides your wedding ring on your left ring finger. This tradition dates back from Ancient Egyptian times. Back then, people believed the vain in your left ring finger was directly connected to the heart, a romantic thought indeed. As soon as you are married, according to tradition, you are supposed to wear the engagement ring on your left ring finger again. The ring is simply placed alongside the wedding ring. Some women ignore this ring etiquette and completely disregard this tradition. They add a personal touch to it. Whichever way you decide to wear your engagement and wedding ring, it is very important the rings are comfortable and the ring size is perfect. After all, the difference between your left and right finger can be one or two sizes. 

For years tradition demanded that the man should propose to his loved one with a simple diamond engagement ring. Times have changed though. Colourless diamonds are still the number one choice. However we can clearly see a rise in engagement rings set with coloured diamonds or precious stones beautifully displaying rubies and sapphires. When it comes to wedding rings, couples tend to go in a less traditional direction. They rarely choose matching wedding bands but rather wear a ring that matches each of their personality. Many women choose to blend their own unique style with traditional ring etiquette. Ultimately you choose whichever way you decide to wear your engagement and wedding ring.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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