Engagement ring - which hand is the right one?
The question of whether an engagement ring should be worn on the right or left hand is anything but simple to answer. As the name implies, an engagement ring should be worn on the ring finger - this is a matter of general agreement. But should it be worn on the ring finger of the right or left hand? That depends entirely on the country. In Germany and the majority of other countries, the engagement ring is traditionally worn on the left hand. The right hand is reserved for the wedding ring in Germany and Austria, whereas most other countries have a different custom: in Switzerland, Southern European countries and the USA wedding rings are worn on the left hand. After the wedding, the engagement ring is often simply changed over to the right hand in those countries, resulting in the reverse of the German habit. Find out more here about whether wedding rings are worn on the right or left hand: Wedding ring - which hand?
The ancient Egyptians and Romans already wore engagement rings on the ring finger of the left hand. They believed that a vein from the left ring finger led directly to the heart - the vena amoris. The heart, as the centre of love and emotions, and the engagement ring on the left ring finger thus have long-standing symbolic character.
Engagement ring - right or left?
It is therefore not easy to find the 'right' answer to the question. The tendency, in Germany at least, is to wear the engagement ring on the left hand and the wedding ring on the right. But whether you decide to wear your engagement ring on your left or right hand is, at least partly, a matter of personal choice. An engagement ring, whether it is worn on the left or right hand, remains a very special and highly personal piece of jewellery, and the most beautiful declaration of love in the world.
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The moment when the engagement ring is traditionally placed on the woman's hand is a very special moment in any relationship. For this reason a proposal should be well thought-out and, above all, should be in line with the wishes of the man as well as those of the woman. There are plenty of ideas for an unusual proposal - but as long as it comes from the heart, it will be perfect. Read more here: Ideas for Proposals.