There are a variety of different traditions associated with wearing engagement rings, and often these traditions depend on culture, country, religion and individual preference. But, have you ever wondered what the significance of which finger you wear your ring on is? Continue reading to learn more.

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Where Does the Engagement Ring Finger Tradition Come From?

In Western countries, the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand can be traced back to Ancient Rome, where it was believed this finger connects directly to the heart. The Romans called it the ‘Vena Amoris’ or ‘vein of love’.

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What is the Traditional Engagement Finger for Females Across Different Cultures?

  • Christianity - the hand you choose for your engagement and wedding ring as a Christian depends on where you live. Most commonly, the engagement ring is worn on the left hand and the wedding ring on the right.
  • Judaism - According to Jewish tradition, wedding rings are essential, while engagement rings are not. Today, more and more Jewish women choose to wear engagement rings.
  • Islam - In Islam, the finger a woman wears an engagement ring on depends on the country. For example, Muslims wear the wedding ring on the right in Jordan but on the left in Iran.


Learn more about the many traditions associated with wearing engagement and wedding rings in our guide: What Hand Do You Wear Your Engagement and Wedding Ring On, Right or Left?.
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Which Finger Does a Man Wear an Engagement Ring?

Across cultures, such as in Mexico and in the United Kingdom, men are increasingly wearing engagement rings. Like women, the most common way to wear an engagement is on the fourth finger of their left hand.

For same-sex couples, there are no fixed rules on which finger an engagement or wedding ring should be worn on. In some gay couples, both men will use the same engagement ring when exchange wedding vows on their big day.

What Happens to the Engagement Ring Once you Start Wearing a Wedding Ring?

According to tradition, once you are married you move your engagement band back to the third finger on your left hand. The symbolism here is that your wedding band should remain closest to the Vena Amoris and your heart.

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