The History of the Ring Finger

In Western cultures at least, engagement rings and wedding rings have always been worn on the third finger of the left hand – but not many people actually understand the reason why. This tradition actually dates back to Ancient Greece, when people believed there was a vein in that finger that led directly to the heart. The vein was known as the vena amoris, which literally translates as ‘the vein of love’.


Although the vena amoris was later proved by medical science to be a fallacy, the tradition of the wedding ring finger remained, and most couples still abide by it to this day. In some countries, including Greece, Poland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Chile and India, the ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand instead. Other traditions state that the ring should be worn on the left hand throughout the engagement, and then moved to the right hand during the wedding ceremony.

If you need help choosing an engagement ring or wedding ring that will look beautiful regardless of which finger you choose to wear it on, pay a visit to the stores of Hatton Garden. With a great range of bands for men and women, you’re bound to find a ring that you can cherish for a lifetime.