Why is Wedding Ring Worn on the Ring Finger?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

This is cute, but I can separate my ring fingers, uh oh! Haha =)

Post # 4
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve always heard, and believed… that it was an old medical theory that the vein from the ring finger on the left hand went back straight to your heart… and that is what I’m gonna stick with believing… far more romantic.

PS… Your diagram with the fingers made me think of the nursery religious rhyme & actions…

Here is Church
Here is the Steeple
Open the Doors
And see all the People


Post # 5
8282 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had to try it, and I can’t separate mine.

Post # 6
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Step 4: Um, yep, they separate just like all the other fingers, just like they have for as long as I can remember.  I really don’t think my finger agility is going to change because I married someone lol.  I can fold my pinkie at a right angle over my other fingers, which freaks a lot of people out, but then my dad’s mother could do that too (he can’t).  Cute, but totally unrealistic graphic.  I can lean over backwards and put my hands on the floor but I don’t think that’s going to change either because I got married… unless I get fat… which I’m leaning towards but working on! 🙂

Other theories: I’ve heard long ago they believed it was the shortest distance to the heart (via nerve or blood vessel depending on the story)… I’ve never been able to figure out why… with the pinkie being shorter and the thumb even closer and shorter.

All the theories and history are fun to read at any rate!

@This Time Round:  I had the same rhyme come to mind looking at the graphic too!

Post # 7
1208 posts
Bumble bee

It came from the ancient Romans actually. They believed that the vein ran directly from the tip of your left ring finger to your heart. 

Post # 8
641 posts
Busy bee

Pretty silly concept, considering you could arbitrarily assign and finger to be any relationship finger. There’s no reason to not be like “oh, that is your parents finger, because no matter what, you will always be their child and you wear your ring on that finger to symbolize that your husband is part of your family tree!” Or “the ring finger is the mashed potato finger and you wear your ring there so when you think of how wonderful mashed potatos are, you are reminded of your spouse being wonderful too!” 

It’s worn there out of popular tradition and nothing more. There are lots of excuses that people give to this popular tradition, but they are ultimately just people trying to make up explanations for existing traditions. Hell, not only is the “vena amoris” thing scientifically false, it’s historically false. There is no record of the term prior to a guy’s book published at the end of the 17th century. It’s most likely just made up garbage from a man whose sources were never going to be called into question.

Historically, it’s been worn on ALL the fingers, including the thumb. Want to know who has not historically worn wedding bands? Chinese people. Want to know what finger is most popular for wedding bands for those who are trying to act within Chinese cultural traditions? The king (middle) finger. Want to know who absolutely didn’t come up with this infographic’s explanation? “The Chinese.”

Post # 9
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsGolden2Bee: Our vicar told us in our preparation, so that’s what I believed too 😉

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