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Why do some wear their wedding ring on their right hand?

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2010-03-19 13:48:13
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Some people wear wedding rings on their right hand but are not married. for example, I wear a wedding ring on my right hand because it was my grandmother's ring, I inherited it when she passed away, and I want to wear it because it was a very special ring to her and my grandmother and I were very close. Some people think I am married because I have the ring on my right ring finger but the proper place for a wedding ring is on the left ring finger when married.

There is no law that says you have to wear a ring nor, if you choose to, where you have to wear it. It is merely a convention.

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The wedding ring goes on the left hand; the finger next to the pinkie. With some Europeans the wedding ring goes on the right hand.

The engagement ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand and is then moved to the right hand after the wedding or you can wear both the rings on the same finger.

Left hand. For some people wear it on right.

No. In some European countries, they wear the wedding ring on the right hand, third finger.

The grooms wedding ring goes on the left hand and second finger to the pinkie finger. Some European men will wear the wedding band on the right hand.

The wedding ring is traditionally worn on the left hand. However, that is not universal. Members of some Eastern European, Orthodox Christian religions wear them on their right hand.

No. It depends on the country, culture and religion of the wearer. For example:European Jews always wear the ring on the left hand.In some Orthodox Christian countries place the ring on the left hand prior to the wedding, and the right hand after.England places the ring on the left hand.

In the US, third finger , left hand. Some Europeans wear it on the right hand.

Many European women wear their engagement rings or wedding bands on the right hand. Sometimes there is a "promise to get engaged ring" (I could never quite figure that one out ... either you are engaged or you aren't) and that can be worn on the right hand. Perhaps a friend gave her the ring and she wears it on her right hand. Depending on the culture, some women that are widows will take the wedding band off the left hand and put it on the right hand (it's out of respect for her late husband.) Our culture is an engagement ring and wedding ring go on the left hand, but many women will even wear their good jewelry on that particular finger even if they aren't married.

maybe its not their wedding ring.. its just a ring they thought was neat or has some other special value to them

Some people who are divorced prefer not to wear the ring at all and some may wear the ring on the middle finger of either the left or right hand.

In the US, 3rd finger , left hand. Some countries , men wear it on the right hand. When in doubt, ask.

In the US, a man wears his wedding ring on the ring finger of his left hand. This stems from the belief that people used to have about a vein that ran from the fourth finger directly to the heart. In Orthodox Christian, and some Roman Catholic and Protestant countries the ring is worn on the right hand.

Technically you are supposed to where your wedding ring on the third finger of your left hand. In America anyway.

It depends on the individual widower. Some widowers will leave their wedding band where it has always been; some may switch the wedding band to the right hand and others may take the wedding band off.

It depends on what type of ring. A wedding or engagement ring should be worn on the left hand ring finger (the finger in between the pinky finger and the middle finger). A mother's ring should be worn on the right hand ring finger. Also, usually when people are widowed they change their wedding rings from their left hand ring finger to their right hand ring finger. The rest is just a matter of choice. Some people wear rings on all fingers and even the thumbs.

Usually it's because some countries do it that way . Some left-handed people are not comfortable with their ring on their dominant hand.

In some Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic and Protestant countries such as Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Venezuela, and India, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand. In other countries, such as Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Mexico, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK, it is generally worn on the ring finger of the left hand, although right hand wearing is becoming more common. In Brazil, the ring is worn on the right hand until the actual wedding day, when it's exchanged to the left hand. The ring is more noticeable on the right hand due to the traditional shaking of right hands in greeting; however it may be better protected from wear in the majority right-handed wearers by being on the left. Several traditions exist in traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies: most commonly today, the ring is placed on the index finger; but other traditions record placing it on the middle finger or the thumb.Today the ring usually is moved to the ring finger after the ceremony. Some Jewish grooms have adopted wearing a wedding ring. A wedding ring is not a traditional part of the religious Muslim wedding; wedding rings are not included in most Islamic countries. However, if a wedding ring is worn in an Islamic country, it may be worn on either the left (such is the custom in Iran) or the right ring finger. As opposed to the wedding ring, use of a ring to denote betrothal or engagement is quite prevalent in Muslim countries, especially those in West and South Asia. Rings are not traditional in an Indian wedding. However, in modern society it is becoming a practice to wear rings for engagements and not for actual marriage. Though the left hand is considered inauspicious for religious activities, a ring (not to be called wedding ring) is still worn on the left hand. Men generally wear the rings on the right hand and the women on the left hands. In Sinhala and Tamil culture, the groom wears the wedding ring on his right hand and bride wears it on her left hand ring finger. This can be seen in countries like Sri Lanka where there is a richS inhala and Tamil cultural influence in the society.

* Many women of all ages wear rings on their right hand as generally the left ring finger is for an engagement ring or a wedding band. This girl could have gotten the ring as a gift from her parents or a good friend. However, some European women do wear their wedding band on the right hand ring finger. * I wear a diamond anniversary ring on my right ring finger. It was my grandmother's ring and I inherited it on her passing. We were very close and I wear it always as it helps me feel closer to her. I do get some questions regarding the ring oftentimes. People think I might be married or separated.

It is the custom in most of the English speaking world (also including America) to wear the wedding ring on the left hand. However in continental Europe, it is the custom to wear the ring on the right hand. So it probably means he is European, and not single. Some wear one to note they are engaged, much in the same way a woman wears one on the left, and some ware one just to wear it.

If you're talking about American society, what you may be seeing is women who continue to wear their engagement ring as well as a wedding band. Some women opt to wear the engagement ring on the right hand and their wedding band on the left; others wear both rings on the same finger of their left hand. Hope that helps!

German wear their wedding ring in the right hand. Some cultures actually do. Though if this man is not German or anything it's quite hard to tell what he is trying to say by doing so.

An engagement ring is given to someone at the time of a marriage proposal and the most common type has a diamond or another type of gemstone. It is worn on the third finger of the left hand. Wedding rings are exchanged during the wedding ceremony. They are simpler bands and do not have a center diamond or gemstone unlike the engagement ring. Wedding rings are worn on the third fingers of the left hands and the engagement ring is moved to the right hand.

If your married then seperate/divorce then you will remove your wedding ring if you want. Some people will continue to wear their rings on their ring finger (left) but there is no moving to the right unless you just decide on your own to wear in on your right. While married you wear your wedding band on your left finger - if for some reason that relationships dissolves then you do whatever it is you want with your wedding band. There is no ritual, law or special practice of "moving" your ring in the US/CAN - (other religions or countries may practice this but I wouldn't know as I have never heard of this)


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