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Based on which factors does one choose the correct hand for the engagement ring worldwide?

  • What difference does religion make?
  • What role does the region play?
  • What other factors can be decisive?

Globally, there are endless rules concerning which hand is right for your engagement ring or wedding ring. The side for both rings may differ, depending on faith and region. Which differences exist? How do I choose the correct hand for my ring?

What difference does religion make?

Every religion has its own rules and traditions concerning the correct hand for the right ring. In Islam, there are traditionally no engagement rings exchanged, while for Christians the custom of wearing an engagement ring on the left hand dates back to Ancient Egypt. In Judaism, the wedding ring is placed on the forefinger of the woman's right hand during the ceremony. Afterwards, she shifts it to the ring finger of the left hand, and the man also gets a ring.

Tip: Discover in detail which religions choose which hand for their engagement ring and wedding ring.

What role does the region play?

Regardless of the religion, the placement of the engagement ring can also shift across different countries. Christians, for example, traditionally choose the left hand, but in Catholic Italy and Switzerland, it is generally worn on the right hand.

Customs can not only vary from country to country but also from region to region. For example, different Belgian provinces have different rules depending on traditions from the past.

Tip: What does the region where I live say about which hand I should choose? Find out here.

What other factors can be decisive?

Regardless of religion and region, you simply choose for yourself on which finger you want to wear your engagement ring. Practical considerations in particular often play a role here. Are you right-handed? Then it can be easier, in a practical sense, to wear your engagement ring on the left so that it does not get in the way of your activities. Moreover, non-Western cultures usually practice other traditions. For example, Indian women often wear a toe ring to show their marital status.

Where can I get advice on which finger I should choose for my engagement ring? How do I know for sure that my engagement ring fits with tradition? Get advice from the jewellery experts at BAUNAT for your perfect choice.

 

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