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Rings & Their Meaning, Symbolism For Men

In this article,we will discuss what ring works well on what finger, the symbolic meaning of each

finger, as well as the history behind it and rules to wearing multiple rings at the same time. 

Women have enjoyed wearing rings and bracelets throughout decades,in which the most popular is S925 sterling cross ring. For men, it has been a little bit outdated in the last few years but recently, they’ve come back into fashion and so men wear rings again. 

Now, it’s not always clear what statement you’re sending when you’re wearing your ring on your thumb or your index finger but as you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of rings and I wear them all the time so it’s a topic dear to my heart. 

My fascination with men’s rings actually started in 2015 when I was in Berlin, Germany. At the flea market, I spotted this malachite sterling silver ring which cost just 10 euros and I liked the look of it and that started it all for me. So what do rings on different fingers mean? First of all, let’s start with the ring finger. Interestingly, before medical science was established, people thought that there was a direct vein from your ring finger to your heart, it was called the vena amoris or the vein of love. 

Because of that, it was the natural finger to wear a wedding ring on. Now that being said, wedding rings on the ring finger haven’t actually been super popular until sometimes in the mid 20th century. Western men going to war in the early 20th century often had a ring that made them think about their loved ones at home. As such, wedding rings became more and more popular as it became more affordable for people to buy rings. For couples they also usually like to wear couple rings or couple bracelets 

(visit here https://www.umisoul.com/collections/couple-bracelets )to make it clearly says they are couple.

Nowadays, a married man going without a ring may elicit suspicion in the right circumstances. I was at a bar the other day, I saw a man sitting there discretely removing his ring and putting it in his jacket pocket when he noticed that there was attractive one sitting right next to him. Ironically, he had a tan line on his ring finger so it was still quite obvious and women often look on the hand of a man to determine very quickly if they’re married or not. 

Wedding rings are traditional in all parts of the world, however, traditionally, wedding bands are

more in the simpler side and more elaborate rings are typically not a wedding ring but they could be the engagement ring for women which is not something that is worn by men. So what hand should you wear your wedding ring on? Well, it depends on the culture. For example, in the former British Empire in the US and in certain countries in Europe, it is worn on your left ring finger. On the other hand, in more southern and eastern European countries in south and in central America, the wedding band for men is originally worn on the right hand. 

Today, I think they’ve relaxed a little more and some would wear it on their left hand. Since I live in the US now, I wear a wedding band on a left hand because that’s the traditional way to wear it. Of course, if you’re not married, you can also wear rings on your ring finger that could be something with a stone, it could be something like a signet ring, even though they’re more traditionally worn on your pinky finger. Which brings us to our next finger. The word pinky is derived from the Dutch word pink which means as much as little finger. The earliest recorded use of the term pinky goes back to Scotland in the year 1808. Wearing a pinky ring for men has a long history of symbolism. For example, in Victorian times, men including Prince Albert would wear

their wedding band on their pinky ring. Sometimes, it was also stacked underneath, their signet ring which was also worn on their pinky finger. On the other hand, in the US, pinky rings were sometimes associated with criminals and thugs. 

Next up is the middle finger, also known as the long or the tall finger. It’s most well known for the obvious gesture you can make with it and because of that, very few men choose to wear a ring on this finger. If you ever put a ring on your middle finger, you can notice that it gets in the way of things and it feels odd on your hand. A ring located at the center of the hand is said to symbolize responsibility and balance. Wearing a ring on your middle finger is a very bold choice that gets you noticed and maybe it can even be a conversation starter. Personally, I don’t like the look of it and I don’t like the feel and because of that, I don’t wear one.

Next up is the index finger, also known as a trigger finger or pointer finger. It’s a most dominant finger, only second to the thumb and because of that, it symbolizes power or authority and leadership, maybe even more so than the middle finger. If you want your ring to get noticed, wear it on your index finger. For many men, the index finger is the biggest which often means you need a bigger ring so it looks proportional.When my daughter plays with my ring collection, she often puts it on her index finger, of course, it’s way too big and it’s more play than anything else for her. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the look of a ring on my index finger. It also gets in the way of things. Clever, if you look at older pictures of powerful men, they often wore rings on their index finger. 

Now last but not least is the thumb. It is probably your most used finger and it’s usually associated with softer gestures such as the thumbs up which are less harsh as the index finger where we point at things. In my experience, the thumb is the key to any kind of a grip position so having a ring really restricts your movement and it’s just awkward. Probably because of its impracticality, wearing a ring on your thumb symbolizes wealth and influence because you don’t have to do any practical work with it. In my opinion, it’s definitely the boldest choice you can make for a ring and your thumb is quite thick so you need something substantial that still allows you to move your hand.

Because of that, it’s most typically chosen in a fashion setting. That being said, there are different ring cultures around the globe. So wearing a single ring is easy but what about putting multiple rings? Should you wear it together? How many rings should you wear? Should they be next to each other or not? What colors should they have? These are all questions that are a little more

tricky to answer. First of all, how many rings can you wear? The simple answer is that’s up to you. There have been men who’ve worn rings on every finger, sometimes even stacked on the same finger. Others wear six rings or four. Personally, I’m a big believer in less is more and so I usually go for one or two rings maximum. 

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