Are you aware of the symbolism of your rings? Your rings can reveal many personal details about you. Are you aware of the ring wearing etiquette, the symbolism associated with rings, and the social statement you can make without saying a word?
The most symbolic of rings today is the engagement and wedding ring as a symbol of love, but some other ring wearing customs will only be noticed by people belonging to the same “elite clubs."
Rings date back from ancient history. Throughout history, rings have been used to symbolize devotion, fidelity, commitment, eternity, power and control, deity. The hole in ancient Egyptian rings represented a gateway to an afterlife and immortal love.
Roman men offered their women a simple iron circle called Annulus Pronubus and were the first to have their rings engraved. The Claddagh ring, traditional Irish ring featuring two hands holding a crowned heart, as a symbol of friendship, love, and loyalty, is passed down from family member to family member. But rings also have a practical use, like in Chinese, Manchus, Turks, and Persians cultures where archers' thumb rings protected it from injury by the bowstring.
Romans believed that the ring finger on the left hand was the only one with a direct vein connected to the heart (“vena amoris”), which is why it has become the traditional finger for wedding rings in many cultures. Even though science proved them wrong later, it remains a very romantic notion.
However, in medieval times, many cultures throughout the world showed aversion for left-handed people (some were even tortured for that!). So how a “cursed” hand could then symbolize lasting love?
In India where the left hand is considered both unclean and lucky, wedding rings are worn on the right. And some northern European countries (Norway, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine), Orthodox Christians and Greeks too customarily wore bands on the right. Nowadays, same-sex couples also often choose to wear their engagement and wedding bands on the right-hand ring finger to differentiate from heterosexual practice.
In our modern times, the right hand is generally seen as the “physical” hand — the active, dominant one that makes most of your gestures. The left is thought of as the “mental” hand, representing your character and beliefs (and reverse for left-handed people).
The rings you wear send a signal. When celebrities stop wearing rings on their left hand, it immediately breaks the news in all tabloids! People always notice rings but they may have their own interpretation of what it means (relationship status, sexual preferences, social position…), so be careful about what messages you are sending and make sure your hands aren’t the only focal point! Also, know the story behind your ring if there is one.
No matter the story, your ring has the potential to be a great conversation starter.
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