(Closed) Cultural and international differences with rings…

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3799 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My male friend in Sweden got to have an engagement ring too (though it’s not blingy). That’s pretty special I think.

Post # 4
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That is weird they wear them on the right hand!! People need to quit hating!

Post # 5
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

In Russia they wear them on their right hand as well!

Post # 7
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m from Brazil originally. And when I grew up, there was never an engagement ring per se. When a couple got engaged they would BOTH wear their wedding bands but on their RIGHT hand during the engagement period. I thought that was cute as I’ve always felt that it sort of sucks men don’t have anything during the engagement period (not to mention it being quite cost effective).

I then moved to Florida and got used to the sparkles.

I then moved to New Jersey and worked in NYC and got used to HUGE sparkles! And sadly, got too used to them and unfortunately got spoiled to loving rings around the 1-2 ct mark.

I know live in the UK where 1ct is viewed as quite big. And that’s what I have. It’s funny bc here a lot of people may think that’s huge.

But when I go to NYC to visit my friends, I’m always the one with the smallest ring :/


I sort of fit in Florida though hehehehe


so even in the US there are huge differences..

Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m from Russia and people wear their wedding bands on their right hand as well.  When I was living there there were no engagement rings at all because there was no engagement in the American sense.  The man didn’t ask the woman to get married.  Instead the couple decided together to get married.  I’m not sure how it is now though, (haven’t lived there in 20 years).

Oddly enough I often times wear my wedding rings on my right hand even though I live in America.  No idea why but I prefer them on my right and my engagement ring on my left.

Post # 9
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

British engagement rings tend to be much smaller than US engagement rings. There’s also less of a taboo about gemstone rings. The Princess Diana/Duchess Kate ring was a very common style in lots of differen varieties.

It’s pretty much unheard of to ask for an upgrade too. Large diamonds (and heavy jewellery in general) are considered gaudy on younger women (under 40) other than for formal occasions.

Post # 10
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t think there’s any one right way to do it. You just have to go what feels comfortable. If you want a big ring on your left hand, even though you’re in Germany, go for it. It’s your ring and your hand. You can explain to anyone who asks that it’s your tradition and it may start a good conversation.

Post # 12
7 posts
  • Wedding: February 2013

In Germany people wear their wedding band on a right hand because it symbolizes a contract between two people and right hand is so-called contract hand. (like when you shake hands as an agreement). The second reason is that they want to show their marritial status when meeting someone new and shake hands.

Post # 13
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Wow! All this is really interesting! I will have to keep this all in mind if we ever travel to a different country!

Post # 14
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have a friend whose culture says she wears the engagement ring on the right hand. People ask her about it all the time! 

Post # 15
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

“When a couple got engaged they would BOTH wear their wedding bands but on their RIGHT hand during the engagement period. “

I have a question about this…

Do people have the same sized ring finger on the left and right hands?  Becasue my ring only fits my left ring finger so I could not wear it on my other hand if a tried.

Post # 16
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There is a saying in Chinese about “woman right, man left”. I’m not sure of the actual saying, but it generally means that women wear their wedding rings on the right hand, and their husbands on the left hand.

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