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- Which is your wedding ring hand?
The hand you wear your wedding ring and engagement ring on is different for each religion. In Christianity, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand while the engagement ring is worn on the left side. Wearing both rings on the left side comes from Roman traditions.
- Traditional Western religions
- Traditional Middle Eastern religions
- Traditional Eastern religions
- What are the differences between religions?
- How do you wear engagement and wedding rings together?
There are many traditions associated with wearing engagement and wedding rings. These traditions often depend on culture and place. Religion plays a big role in this even if you do not practice it. Which hand does your most symbolic jewellery belong to? Or rather, should you wear your wedding ring on the right or left if you want to respect both tradition and social convention?
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1. Traditional Western religions
How do Christians wear their rings?
Wearing an engagement ring on the left ring finger comes from the Romans.
What is the tradition for Protestants?
The wedding ring moves from right to left when the spouse dies. This tradition comes from old folklore that believes the left-hand side to be associated with evil.
Wedding rings are so heavy that it takes two people to bear them. Sometimes three.
How do engagement and wedding rings work in Judaism?
How do Jews receive and wear wedding rings?
2. Traditional Middle Eastern religions
What side are wedding rings worn on in Islam?
How strong is the influence of one's home country?
Confused? Just choose which tradition you want to follow when deciding whether to wear your wedding ring on the right or the left. Don't forget to take other aspects such as comfort and personal convenience into consideration.
3. Traditional Eastern religions
The religion has spread across south Asia and the Middle East and is especially present in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bali. Religion also often comes through the British Commonwealth due to the historic association between the United Kingdom with its former colonies.
Since weddings tend to follow secular rules, they are very receptive to new trends. Western trends are gaining more traction in Asia, meaning that more and more Buddhist couples are also choosing to have engagement rings and wedding rings.
Which hand do they wear their rings on?
In Japan, for example, many brides like to go for Western wedding trends. They wear white dresses, have wedding ceremonies based on Christian traditions and a large wedding cake. They are inspired by pop culture from the United States and so they often choose to wear their engagement and wedding rings on the left hand. More traditional Shaolin brides (pictured) should not wear wedding or engagement rings.
A brief overview
How do I combine different rings on the same finger?
Combining wedding and engagement rings
Engagement ring, wedding ring and... signet ring?
Cultural and regional differences also apply here. In Belgium, both men and women wear signet rings on the left little finger. In the United Kingdom, only men do so. French men choose the left ring finger whereas women go for the little finger on the left. And you? It is ultimately up to you which finger you choose to wear your ring on.
How do I combine other rings?
Combinations and stackable rings
Do you want to be sure that your rings will go together? Then go for stackable rings. These fine rings each have a unique design, but they are made specifically so that they can be worn on the same finger.