(Closed) Does any type of ring on the left hand always mean engagement ring to you?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
8503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Left ring finger definitely indicates an engagement ring to me.

Post # 4
1374 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

If I saw a ring on someone’s left ring finger, and she is older than 18, I would assume it is her engagement/wedding ring. But if she explained that it wasn’t, I would just be like, “oh, okay!” – I don’t think you *can’t* wear a non-engagement ring on that finger, I just assume it is if I see it.

Post # 5
5486 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Unless it’s a diamond ring, I don’t think it’s an engagement ring. 

But being on this site so long, I’ve learned that any ring on your left hand can be considered your engagement ring. 

Post # 6
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

No, never.  Some people might not wear rings on their dominant hand, or even if it looks like a traditional engagement ring, maybe it’s an heirloom, or…etc.  Oh, and I’m 37.


Post # 8
7414 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

before being on the bee I wouldn’t have assumed a non-diamond was an engagement ring.  I know a few people with non-diamond erings but not very many.  I also know a few people who’s erings and wrings are on their right hand (different cultures etc) so if i see a diamond solitaire (or something that looks like an ering) on either ring finger i will often figure they’re engaged.  I just still associate diamonds with engagement rings.

Post # 9
2181 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In the past I probably wouldn’t necessarily assume it was an e-ring unless it was a diamond ring. BUT I now have a purple sapphire e-ring, so I’ll totally think it’s an e-ring!

A bit of a caveat though…if it’s just a simple or non “fancy” ring, I might think they’re just wearing it on that finger just for fun. I guess for non-diamond e-rings, there’s still a look about them that screams “I’m not just a normal ring!”

I wear lots of rings, but until I got my e-ring, that finger was reserved. It always confused me when I saw people wearing a ring on that finger when I knew they weren’t engaged. Although, when I was younger, it’s possible that a girl bought/was given a ring and that was the only finger it fit on (didn’t consider that until now haha).

so I know my answer didn’t help you very much…but I guess there are a lot of factors that play into whether or not I assume it’s an e-ring (age being one of them).

Post # 10
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’ve worn a ring on my left ring finger since I was 14/15. Granted, it was mostly obvious that I wasn’t old enough to be engaged, but I did wear a very wedding band-ish ring on that finger when I went to college. 

If it’s got a center stone, I usually think it’s an engagement or at least promise ring. I’ve never personally known anyone who had a non-clear center stone in their engagement ring, but I’m sure I’ve seen a few in passing.

Post # 12
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

if it has a center stone in it, especially a diamond, then yes engagment!

Post # 13
2181 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I did used to wear a ring on my middle finger on my left hand that had a rather large center stone. It was a light blue topaz, and actually was mistaken for an e-ring several times. Maybe like one PP said it’s the prominent center stone. It was also a very light blue, so perhaps it looked like a clear stone when glanced at quickly.

Post # 14
5317 posts
Bee Keeper

If it’s one ring and it’s diamond (solitare, three stone, eternity, etc.) and not very cocktail-like, I assume it’s an engagement ring. 

One colored gemstone ring is not necessarily much more ambiguous. If it is a colored gemstone ring and otherwise similar to a typical engagement ring (in size and style), I will lean strongly toward assuming the person’s engaged. Same thing for a carved all-metal ring, e.g., I know of one that features 3 carved metal flowers in the shape and size of a typical diamond 3-stone engagement ring.

Very large or loud rings, be they decorated with diamonds or colored gemstones or neither, I find confusing, and the less the ring has in common with the traditional types of engagment rings, size and style wise, the less likely I am to assume it’s an engagement ring.

All the above assumed the ring is made out of fine materials. If the ring is made out of fashion materials, I assume it’s a fashion ring.

Things get a lot clearer when there’s a wedding band.

One solid precious metal band by itself says “married” to me. 

Two rings, one engagement-type ring (categories #1 & #2 above) on the outside, and one band on the inside, says “married” to me just as much.

A less engagement-like ring (cat #3) on the outside and a band on the inside suggests “married” fairly strongly, even though by itself I’d have found it much more ambiguous.


… I guess overall I’d say my assumptions are based more on to what degree the ring is “engagement-y” overall (classic style and size, fine materials, the addition of a wedding band on the inside) rather than just diamond or no-diamond. Yes, diamonds are still strongly the norm, but if somone has, e.g., a .75 carat ruby solitare in gold, paired with a gold band on the inside of her finger, I’m not at all confused as to what it means.

Post # 15
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I usually do yes. Unless it is very petite which would make me think it may just be a promise ring.

Post # 16
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Left ring finger = engagement ring, to me.

I wear my non-engagement rings on my left index finger and know many other women who do the same.

But there’s no reason you can’t wear what you like on your left ring finger. 

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