A wedding ring is usually worn on the same finger that you choose to wear your engagement ring – most commonly on the left ring finger. For practical reasons, such as a job where you work regularly with your hands, people may choose to wear a simple wedding band every day and only wear their engagement ring for special occasions. This is also a common practice when traveling, or in other situations where a person might be afraid of losing or damaging a diamond ring. Ultimately, however you wear your rings is up to you!
Which Hand Does A Wedding Ring Go On?
People typically wear their wedding ring on the same hand and finger as their engagement ring. In Western cultures, this is traditionally the ring finger on the left hand for both men and women.
What is the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring?
Despite the terms being used somewhat interchangeably, each ring signifies different milestones. There are a few differences between an engagement ring and a wedding ring, but the main difference between the two is when each ring is given. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of a proposal and a wedding ring is commonly given when a couple of exchanges marriage vows. According to Chinese tradition, wedding rings are worn on opposite hands by the bride and the groom. The bride wears a band on her right hand, while the groom wears his on the left. The Chinese believe that a woman is in charge of the household, so her ring should be on her right hand. The right hand exerts influence according to the custom of “nan zhuo, nu you,” male left, female right.
Popular metals Used In Wedding Rings
Our wedding rings for women and men span timeless plain-metal styles to more elaborate designs with diamonds or other gemstones. You'll find hundreds of options in the most popular metals used for wedding rings, including platinum, yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. Wedding rings made of platinum are widely admired in part because platinum is 95% pure and 30 times rarer than gold. Platinum is naturally hypoallergenic and its density and weight make it feel substantial and special. It also wears well over time. That said, platinum wedding bands are one of the more expensive options. Many people who prefer the look of white metal over yellow metal opt for a wedding ring in white gold, which has a platinum-like look with a lower price tag. If you're wondering about the best gold for wedding rings, you'll notice that our yellow gold wedding bands, rose gold wedding bands and white gold wedding bands are all available in 14k or 18k options because pure 24k gold is too soft for crafting wedding rings.
Finding Your Ring Size
We have some great tips and tools for how to measure your ring size. The first method explains how to figure out your ring size with our printable guide and a ring that you already own as a point of reference. The second option is the most accurate, but requires a little bit of patience as you'll need to order our free ring sizer.