Germany: What hand do you wear your engagement ring on?


Engagement ring and wedding band are initially put on different hands.

On which hand and finger is the engagement ring worn in Germany?

Like in many other countries, such as the USA, the UK, France, and Austria, Germans traditionally wear their engagement ring on the left hand´s ring finger - i.e. on the 4th finger going from the thumb.

This tradition seems to date back to the Romans who believed that the ring finger of the left hand had a vein of love - the "vena amoris" - which ran directly from that finger to the heart.

On which hand is the wedding band worn in Germany?

Unlike countries like the US or the UK, in Germany, the wedding band is traditionally put on the right hand´s ring finger. This could date back once more to the Romans, who believed that the right hand was symbolic of honor and trust.

On which hand is the engagement ring worn after the marriage?

After or even during the wedding ceremony, the engagement ring is usually relocated onto the right ring finger, to be stacked with the wedding band.

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Finding out the right ring size

Especially if you wish to follow traditional etiquette, you will most probably have to resize your engagement ring as one hand is usually bigger than the other. If the engagement ring fits until marriage, it may then be too big or too small afterward.

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