Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life. With all of the excitement, you may be wondering what hand and finger does the engagement ring and wedding ring go on?

Below are the answers to your questions:

What hand does the engagement ring go on?

The engagement ring is worn on the left hand in most Western countries.

What finger does the engagement ring go on?

The engagement ring is worn the fourth finger on the left hand.

Why are the engagement and wedding rings worn on the fourth finger of the left hand?

The wedding ring has been worn on the “ring finger” of the left hand since ancient Roman times. During that era, the Romans believed that the vein in this finger ran directly to one’s heart. They called that vein the “vena amoris” or vein of love. It therefore made sense to place a wedding ring symbolizing eternal love to be placed around this vein.

Do I have to wear my engagement and wedding rings on my left hand?

No. Many people wear their engagement and wedding rings on their left hands, but many cultures actually wear their engagement and wedding rings on their right hands. If you choose to wear your rings on your right hand, you will actually be in good company. Here are some countries that wear their rings on their right hand:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (some areas)
  • Bulgaria
  • Columbia
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Ukraine