Everybody knows that in the UK, alongside most countries from all the world, the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. However have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we do this? Or where this tradition came from?
Certainly, it all really started before medical science first discovered how the circulatory system truly functioned.
Before the discovery of the circulation system, first discovered and researched in Tudor times, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand, all the way to the heart.
On account of the left hand/heart connection, the descriptive name ‘vena amoris’, Latin for the vein of love, was chosen for this particular vein.
According to this name, ‘experts’ in the field of matrimonial etiquette wrote that it would only make sense for the wedding ring to be worn on this particular finger.
For a married couple, this would ultimately declare their eternal love for one another.
Do you know why we wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand?
That said, this is not the case for many other countries and culture, as many choose to wear the ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. And there are many reasons for this:
Freedom of choice
There is no law that says you must wear a wedding ring on the left hand. If you simply prefer your right hand to the left hand, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear the ring as you please.
A difference in culture
Apparently every culture has it’s own tradition. According to Wedding Details, people in lots of central and northern European couples wear wedding rings on their right ring fingers.
Countries including Austria, Denmark Poland and Germany are just a few to name that follow this tradition. In Germany, couples place a gold band on the left hand before the wedding. After they’re married, they move it to the right hand as a symbol of unity.
Health considerations can make left hand ring wearing difficult for some people, hence alternatively they wear it on the right.
Rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases can cause swelling of the knuckles on one hand, and it can become difficult to put on or take off a ring. To avoid pain or causing other problems to the hand, the ring is worn on the fourth finger of the right hand.
Surprisingly… if you’re left handed!
Wearing a wedding ring on the right hand can simply mean that person is left-handed and doesn’t their ring to be subjected to the wear and tear from their dominant hand. It’s a simple enough way to make sure it stays safe. You go left hand-ers.