Welcome to another gem of a blog from your trusted jeweler, Diamond Designs. Today, we're delving into the rich history and symbolism behind the placement of engagement rings. From designer engagement rings to custom jewelry, each piece we craft is imbued with tradition and significance. So let's unravel this fascinating question together: What hand does an engagement ring go on?

Historical Perspective on Ring Placement

Like many aspects of love and marriage, the tradition of wearing engagement rings spans centuries and crosses continents. The ancient Romans believed that the fourth finger on the left hand housed the 'vena amoris’—the vein of love—which led directly to the heart. This romantic notion has informed the ring-wearing custom in many Western cultures.

But it’s not the same worldwide. Traditions differ across cultures, creating a rich and diverse tapestry of practices that all celebrate the bond of love.

Engagement Ring Placement in Different Cultures

In the Western tradition, the fourth finger of the left hand is typically chosen for the engagement ring—a custom rooted in the ancient belief we just discussed. However, across the ocean in Eastern Europe, you'll find engagement rings adorning the right hand instead.

Indian traditions can vary widely depending on region, with rings worn on either the left or the right hand. During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the ring is initially placed on the right index finger but is usually moved to the left hand, and fourth finger afterward.

The Reason Behind the "Ring Finger" Tradition

Beyond the romantic concept of the 'vena amoris,' there is a practical side to the "ring finger" tradition. The fourth finger on the left hand is often less used than the others, providing a bit more protection for the ring's precious stones and impeccable craftsmanship.

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Is There a Difference in Placement?

Both engagement and wedding rings symbolize love and commitment, but they each have their place. Traditionally, upon marriage, the engagement ring is moved to the right hand, making space for the wedding ring on the left. However, it's becoming more common to wear both rings on the left hand. At Diamond Designs, we celebrate these traditions while also valuing and honoring the unique preferences and tastes of our customers.

Changing Trends and Personal Preference

The landscape of love is constantly evolving. As societal norms shift, so do the customs around ring placement. Same-sex marriages and the rise of gender-neutral jewelry have paved the way for increased personalization and freedom in choosing how to wear engagement rings.

Here at Diamond Designs, we believe in creating a personalized experience that honors your love story. We're here to guide you, offering our deep knowledge and extensive background in the jewelry business.


Whether you lean toward tradition or carve your own path, the choice is deeply personal. The placement of your engagement ring should resonate with your own beliefs and your unique love story. At Diamond Designs, we're not just your trusted jeweler—we're a part of your community. We've been creating designer engagement rings and custom jewelry for the Greater New Haven community for years, earning your trust and appreciation.

We encourage you to explore our vast variety of designer brands and experience our custom design services. Discover the magic of Diamond Designs, where every piece is crafted with love. We invite you to join the Diamond Designs family. Make an appointment today and let us guide you in creating your perfect piece. Our in-depth knowledge, impeccable craftsmanship, and a personalized experience are always at your service.