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Surprising Reason Why Wedding Rings Are Worn On The Fourth Finger Of The Left Hand

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It is every woman's dream to get married.

From the wedding dress, the church and venue decoration, and even to the wedding rings, we have everything planned out. It is part of a marriage ceremony for couples to exchange their vows and have the rings put unto their fingers.

But there is one essential question that I have always wished to ask, "why is the wedding ring placed on the left ring finger?".

You might have wondered about that too, so let me share to you the story behind the left hand ring placement. Though others do not follow this custom, there are still a lot of people who do.

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Back in the ancient times, the Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger) on the left hand ran directly to one's heart. Because of this belief, the vein has been called "vena amoris" or the vein of love. To signify the romance the newly married couple shares, they'd place the ring on that finger that housed the vein of love. It is an adorable physical representation of two hearts being connected, isn't it?

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Unfortunately, our modern-day understanding of biology suggests that all your fingers have vein connections to the heart. But, screw science! If you want to designate the fourth finger vein from the right on the left hand as the most special of veins, power to you.

However, there are a lot of countries that place their rings on their right finger. Here is a list of central and northern European couples who chose to do otherwise;


  • Norway
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Poland
  • Belgium (some areas)
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • Latvia
  • Bulgaria
  • Ukraine
And while contemporary Greek couples living in Western cultures often slip rings on the left, Greek brides and grooms have historically worn right-handed wedding rings. Orthodox Christians too customarily wore bands on the right.

In India, the left hand was considered both unclean and unlucky, so wedding rings were worn on the right. But, nowadays, you can choose to wear your ring in any hand or finger you are comfortable with.

Aside from the Wedding Rings, there are also a lot of other rings with different meanings that are worn by couples. The following are:

1. ENGAGEMENT RING


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This type of ring is often given and wore when the person is about to get married. Others wear the ring on their left finger while others choose to wear it on the right. 

2. PROMISE RING

The practice of promise rings could also arguably be traced back to ancient Roman times, when "betrothal rings" were made out of inexpensive iron. Next up in history, came the "posie rings" of England during the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. These round tokens sometimes had short love-poem inscriptions on their insides or outsides.

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The most common sentiments signified by a promise ring nowadays include:
  • Pre-engagement
  • Purity/Chastity Purposes
  • Exclusive Monogamy
  • Friendship
  • Personal Promises (Reminders to the wearer of a promise or commitment he/she made to a personal cause or goal)

Though rings may be a symbol of everlasting love for some, it is not a requirement for any couple. As long as you both stay faithful to each other, any marriage or relationship can prosper and also forever.

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