Engagement ring: Which hand?
The customs concerning on which hand to wear your engagement ring vary from one country to another.
Most people agree on which finger to wear the engagement ring. But on which hand is it usually worn? Depending on country, culture, and religion, customs differ. We have an overview ready for you.
Engagement ring on the left hand: USA, UK, Germany, Austria, …
Wearing the engagement ring on the left hand goes back to a Roman myth: It was long believed that there was a vein of love - the "vena amoris" - leading directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart.
Here is a list of countries that adopted this tradition, and wear the engagement ring on the left hand:
Engagement ring on the right hand: Southern European countries, Russia, Switzerland, …
In Switzerland, Russia, and many southern European countries, engagement rings are usually worn on the ring finger´s right hand.
Here is a list of countries, just to name a few:
Where does the engagement ring go during the wedding ceremony?
During the wedding ceremony, wedding bands are exchanged between partners, as a symbol of their eternal love and commitment. Women can decide to keep or remove the engagement ring during the ceremony itself but as always, there is a traditional etiquette for this matter as well!
Where does the engagement ring go after the wedding?
Most countries keep the engagement ring on the hand where it was first worn - whether left or right - and simply stack it with the wedding band after the wedding ceremony. This includes:
- The United States
- The UK
- and many others.
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In some countries, however, things are slightly more "complicated":
- In Switzerland, the engagement ring stays on the right hand while the wedding band is worn on the left hand.
- In Germany, the engagement ring is worn on the left hand until the marriage. It then moves to the right hand, where it is stacked with the wedding band. This can cause ring size issues: the engagement ring used to fit the left hand and may become too big or too small for the right hand, depending on whether you are right or left-handed.
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But ultimately, this should be an individual choice: you should decide on which hand to wear your engagement ring and your wedding band, whether together or on separate fingers and/or hands.
Finding out the right ring size
No matter what hand or finger you wish to wear your engagement ring and your wedding band onto, they must be the right size! Finding out the right ring size is way easier than you may think!
MORE: Find out the right ring size
NOTE: If you buy your ring at My Diamond Ring, even if you get the wrong ring size, there is no need to worry. Every order comes with a free ring resizing.