Ever wonder why we wear wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand?
It’s pretty much accepted that most of us know that a wedding ring is placed on that left ring finger.
But do we really know why we do this?
Wedding rings today are a billion dollar sentiment of love, but no one can really say for sure when this age-old tradition actually started.
There is no law in the UK that says you must wear a wedding ring on the left hand.
But the tradition stems back to the Roman times, before medical science was even discovered.
People believed that a vein ran straight from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart, which is just to the left of your body.
And that fourth finger on your left hand is also considered the closest to your heart – so it became traditional to wear the ring on that finger.
The Sun reports that the Chinese believe each finger represents a different relationship:
Your thumb represents your parents
Your index finger represents your siblings
Your middle finger represents yourself
Your fourth finger represents your life partner
The little finger represents your children
Another theory behind the wedding ring finger is that since most people are right-handed, the left hand isn’t used as much.
But not all countries wear the wedding ring on the left hand.
According to Wedding Details, in many countries today including Norway, Russia, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Spain, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand and not the left.
In Jewish tradition, the groom places the ring on the bride’s index finger, and not the wedding ring finger at all.
If you simply prefer your right hand to the left hand, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear the ring as you please.
The choice is yours.