A diamond engagement ring represents your unconditional love to one another.
For many years, women and men around the world have been wearing diamond engagement rings to represent their unconditional love for one another. But the question remains, where did this age-old tradition originate from and most importantly, why do we wear our rings on the left hand? Find out everything there is to know about the tradition that dates back to ancient times below:
HOW TO WEAR YOUR DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING
It’s tradition for a person to wear a wedding or engagement ring on the left hand.
It has been a tradition for many years for a person to wear a wedding or engagement ring on the left hand. In many cases, brides wear their diamond engagement ring on their ring finger up until the day they get married. On the wedding day, however, brides traditionally move their engagement ring to their right hand and reserve the left hand for their new wedding band.
After a couple says, ‘I do’ brides follow a different tradition around the world. Most brides decide to move their engagement ring to the left and wear it with their wedding band. Other brides keep their engagement ring on the right while wearing their wedding band on the left.
Once a couple is married a bride will sometimes opt for her wedding and engagement ring to be soldered together. Other brides decide to wear the engagement ring or wedding ring separately, depending on the occasion. Another option for brides is to replace the engagement ring with a diamond ring on the big day. In the end, there are no rules when it comes to the colour, design or shape of the diamond engagement ring. A groom will choose a diamond ring he feels fits perfectly with his fiancé’s personality and style.
WHY DO WE WEAR OUR DIAMOND RINGS ON THE LEFT HAND?
By wearing your engagement ring on your left hand you connect your heart to the love of your life.
The tradition of wearing your diamond engagement ring on the left hand dated back to ancient Rome, when the Romans believed your left-hand ring finger contained a vein that directly connects to the heart. This vein was called the ‘vena amoris’ which means the ‘vein of love’ in Latin. In addition, the circular shape of the ring symbolises eternity and unconditional love.
Therefore, by wearing your engagement ring on your left hand you connect your heart to the love of your life and at the same time, show the world that your partner is the closest person to your heart. Scientists, however, have discredited the belief, but the tradition has remained throughout the centuries.
OTHER WELL-KNOWN DIAMOND RING TRADITIONS
There are no rules when it comes to wearing your diamond engagement ring.
Even though most brides and grooms wear their diamond wedding bands and engagement rings on their left hand it’s not the norm in all countries. In fact, in other countries like Colombia, Greece and Russia the brides and grooms wear their diamond wedding rings on the right hand. If you’re left-handed and would like to avoid scratching your wedding ring, you could consider wearing your ring on the right hand.
There’s no right or wrong when it comes to wearing a diamond engagement ring. If you prefer wearing your wedding band on the left hand and your engagement ring on the right, it’s completely up to you. If you prefer only having an engagement ring, ask your future husband to slip the ring back onto your ring finger on your big day.
Other brides, who adore rings even have the option to opt for stack rings. Mix and match a variety of different wedding bands and diamond rings to complete your wedding day look. In the end, it’s up to personal presence as to what you would like to wear on your wedding day and for the rest of your life.