Post # 1
I’m going in to my last semester of undergrad and enjoying my last winter break, so needless to say I’ve spent the majority of time lounging on the couch watching TV and reading. Anyway, as I’m watching all this TV, I’ve noticed that a lot of characters (be it fictional or “reality” stars) are wearing their e-ring/set on their right hand instead of left.
Which hand do you wear your rings on? If you wear them on your right hand, why? I’ve never known anyone IRL who wore them on their right hand, so I was wondering if it may be a cultural thing to wear them on the right 🙂
Post # 3
Hmmm…my rings are definitely going on my left hand. I’ve seen people IRL wear their wedding band on their right hand with their ering on the left when they’re both sizable rings (my mom does this sometimes) and my Ukranian co-worker and her husband wear thin gold bands on their right ring finger, but other than that I’ve never seen someone wear their rings on their right hand.
Post # 4
@seahorsey: A friend of mine is Russian Orthodox that got in engaged and she said it’s a really common cultural thing for Russian/Eastern European cultures, that it’s on the right hand. Otherwise, I had never heard otherwise!
Post # 5
I’ve heard that you wear it on your left because the left ring finger is the only finger that has a vein that connects directly to your heart. Don’t know if that is really true or not, but I have seen some Europeans wear it on their right.
Post # 6
Yes, in the Russian Orthodox culture they do wear their rings on their right hand…in fact that is how the ceremony is performed in the church. However, everyone I know who was married in the Russian church put it on their right hand during the ceremony and just switched it after. I wear mine on my left, because that’s ‘traditional’ here. I never noticed people on TV wearing theirs on the other hand, now I’ll have to look!
Post # 7
My Future Mother-In-Law wears the ering on her left and her wedding ring on her right. She only wears her ring when she goes out somewhere too. She’s home most of the time.
Post # 8
My ex’s parent’s both wore theirs on their right hands. They are all Ukranian as well.
Post # 11
The left. I know a few ladies who split them up (e-ring on right, wedding band on left for instance) but I’ve never known anyone to JUST wear them on the right. That’s interesting.
Post # 12
I lied, I know one person who wears hers on the right but it was only because she had surgery on her left ring finger and can’t wear rings on it anymore. That’s a special circumstance though.
Post # 13
I wear my engagement ring on my right hand and will also wear my wedding band on the right once I get married. I am a professional musician and I play the viola, and it interferes with playing my instrument – the left hand fingers all of the notes and a ring gets in the way. I know some other professional musicians who change their ring from left to right before performing, but I would be afraid I would drop it or something.
I always think “traditions” and conventions are not the end all be all, especially since the reasons for doing certain things are not relevant to modern women. So, it bothers me when other people tell me I’m wearing it on the “wrong” hand. Sometimes I get pleasure from it and the looks on the uber-bridey Martha Stewart types. BUT, since wearing a ring on the left hand carries so much significance at least in the US, I will admit I sometimes switch my engagement ring to my left hand when going in to a bar or other public place where I want to make it clear to the majority of people I’m not on the market.
Post # 14
I wear it/them on my left ring finger!
Post # 15
Left… but I have worn it on my right just to see what it would be like. Nope. Like it on my left.
Post # 16
I’m left handed and I have a small ring, so I can comfortably wear my rings on my left hand… but in researching, I did find that a lot of lefties choose to wear the ring on the right hand so it’s less in the way. This is still a small percent of people but maybe it’s the case sometimes?
Also, for fictional characters, a lot of weird things like that happen. Ever notice in a shot that from one angle, the ponytail is hanging on one side, and at another angle, it’s hanging on the other? People are specifically positioned during acting so maybe some producers feel it looks better on the right hand? Who knows, haha. Just a though.