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Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

by Oba Samuel
Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

 

It has become a general practice for every bride and bridegroom to wear  the engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand but many may not the reason for it. Do you really want to know why?

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

 

1.About 4800 years ago the ancient Egyptians twisted sedges, rushes or reeds into a ring.

2.The circle was a symbol of eternity – with no beginning or end – and was recognised by most cultures. Basically, to give a ring was a sign of eternal love.

3.It was thought the vein running through the finger led directly to the heart.

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

The vein was called ‘Vena Amoris’ – the ‘Vein of Love’ – in Roman times. Scientists have since disproved this, but it’s sort of true when you think all veins lead to your heart.

The Romans, rather than offering the ring as a symbol of love, used it as a symbol of ownership.

4.Practically, most people are right handed so the ring would get less worn if it was on the left hand.

5. The more ‘practical myth’ behind wearing the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand is that since most individuals are right handed, this means that the left hand is not used as much; the ring will not be as damaged than if it were used on the right hand. Also, the ring finger is one of the least used fingers after the pinkie.

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

6.The ring placement is just one of the many traditions passed on from the Egyptians and Romans.

7.The Chinese developed a theory, which is actually really interesting and a bit fun to try. If you look at your left hand, each finger is a representation of the past, present and future generations within your family. For example, the thumb represents your parents, your index finger represents your siblings, the middle finger represents yourself, your fourth finger represents your life-partner and the fifth finger, your pinkie, represents your future children.

Now it’s time for a little experiment. Place your hands together and bend your middle fingers together, allowing for your knuckles to touch. When doing this, allow for your other remaining fingers to touch.

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

Begin to pull each finger apart, individually. You will see that your thumbs will pull apart because you are not destined to be with your parents forever. Now do the same action with your index finger and pinkie; you will see the same results. According to the Chinese theory, you are not meant to be together forever with your siblings, as well as your future children as they will leave the home and start a family of their own.

Facts About Why Engagement Ring Is Worn On The Fourth Finger In The Left Hand

Now try to do the same action with your ring finger, which represents your life partner. When you try to separate these fingers apart, it doesn’t lift as easily as the other fingers, right? This is because you and your life partner are meant to be together forever.

  1. Did you know that not every country uses the wedding ring on the left hand? Countries such as Spain, Venezuela, Peru, India, Norway and Denmark wear their wedding bands on the right hand, however still on the fourth finger. It is said that the wedding ring is worn on the right hand because it is the more dominant of the two, symbolizing the strength of the marriage between a husband and a wife.

 

 

 

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