Engagement Rings

The question whether the engagement rings and wedding rings now left or right should be divided every couple must decide for themselves. No later than when purchasing a ring, the question on which hand the future wedding rings to be worn is for every bride and groom. Because for most people the finger of the right and left hand are different. Accordingly, often not correctly fit a ring on the left and right ring finger but must be adapted in size to exactly one of the two fingers. In deciding these questions historical as well as country-specific aspects can be consulted now.

Antiquity: In the Hochkultuer of the ancient Egyptians, and later in the Empire of the Romans, the wedding ring on the left hand, the so-called ring finger, second finger was worn. The background for this was the view that a vein of this finger runs directly to the heart and thus also to the Centre of human emotions and love. However, only the young women wore an engagement ring in ancient Rome and after the vows Wedding ring. This ring was often forged in iron and was considered a symbol of marital connection as well as and as confirmation of the receipt of the dowry. The man, however, wore no wedding ring in the Roman culture.

Modern times: The custom of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger that is named after him has been preserved up to the present. But in contrast to the iron ring of the Romans, the wedding ring of modern times mostly from a precious metal such as gold, Platinum, or Palladium is made. In Germany, one historically carries the wedding rings on the ring finger of the right hand. The reason for this lay in the view that the right is associated usually with good. Phrases like do right, law and order, right you are the hand, legal relations, knives right, fork left, write with right underline this view even today. Next to the men and women in Germany, the Russians, Austrians, Norwegians, and Bulgarians traditionally wear wedding ring on the right hand. In all other countries of the world, you will Wedding rings traditionally worn by men and women on the left ring finger. Also, you can drag some practical points of everyday life in the decision into account. Since it is quite common in the current time to choose something larger and wider ring models as wedding rings, this can appear for example right registered in a vigorous handshake quite painful. BTW, the political views of brides and grooms to “right” or “left” at any time played a role in the decision on which hand the ring was worn. There is also no “green” finger politically. Markus Spuhler from Zurich