Ever wonder why wedding rings are typically worn on the left hand finger between the pinky and middle finger? This finger, rightfully known as the “ring finger,” is where most husbands and wives wear their wedding rings. While most people in the U.S. are familiar with the etiquette surrounding the ring finger, few people know its true origin. If you’re interested in learning more about the ring finger and how it came to be, keep reading.
The roots of the ring finger date back several hundred years ago to a time when medical science was lacking. Back then, it was believed that a large blood-carrying vein ran from this finger (only on the left hand) to the heart. Although there was no sound evidence supporting this theory, it became widely accepted by many. This nonexistent vein was even given a name: vena amoris, which translates from the Latin language into “vein of love.”
Wedding etiquette specialists came to the decision that it would only make sense for married couples to wear their wedding ring on the ring finger. With a vein connecting the heart to the ring finger, wearing a ring here would symbolize a greater connection with more meaning. The wedding ring is a true symbol of the endless love and devotion two newlyweds have for one another. And so this is essentially how the left hand finger between the pinkie and the middle finger between became known as the ring finger.
Today, the majority of husbands and wives throughout the U.S., Mexico, Finland, Finland, France, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil and Egypt wear their wedding rings on this finger.
Of course, there are still some regions where newlywed couples wear their wedding ring on the right hand. Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic countries such as Russia, Greece, Georgia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia India.
Some cultures prefer the right hand over the left hand simply because it’s more noticeable. It’s estimated that approximately 90% of the world’s population are right-handed; therefore, this hand is more noticeable in public. When a person shakes another person’s hand or waves in the air, they are likely using their right hand. Only a mere 10% of the world’s population are left-handed.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the ring finger and how it came to be.