Diamond engagement rings have been exchanged as part of wedding traditions for hundreds of years. They’ve become universally recognised as symbols of promise, devotion and everlasting love – A Diamond Is Forever. But on which hand and finger should your engagement and wedding rings be worn, and how are they worn around the world ?

With all the flutter and excitement of an engagement, you may ask: What is the correct hand and finger to wear my engagement ring on?

In many Western countries, the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth finger on the left hand, (the left ring finger on the ring finger guide below), can be traced back to the Ancient Romans. They believed this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart, the Vena Amoris, meaning ‘vein of love’. With the heart at the centre of your emotions, this was thought to be the best finger to wear your engagement ring on. It showed to all the symbol of your Forever love and that your heart had been claimed by another.

This norm was adopted and it currently widely practiced by various communities and religion globally. Having the ring in the finger symbolises partners commitment to the vows made to each other during their wedding.

That is how the fourth finger on the left hand was identified a the most suitable finger to put on the wedding ring. Scientists however believe the work of the heart is to pump blood.

Of course, in western culture, many traditional rules surrounding betrothals, weddings and marriages have since taken a leaf out of the dodo bird’s book. For example, your sentimental rings no longer need mirror your partner’s in metal or design, nor do they need to be worn on your left ring finger. In fact, many European nations – including Norway, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Poland and Spain (the motherland of our Founder, Arabel!) – have looked to the right hand as the ideal spot for the engagement ring and wedding band. This is because it’s used for oaths and vows, inherently symbolising honour and trust.

Though many people enjoy wearing their engagement rings and wedding bands together on the same finger in a unique stack, there’s no rule that states this is a must. Your engagement ring is an incredibly precious piece of jewellery, and if you don’t fancy making it share space then the freedom is yours to wear it however and whenever you like! For practical reasons, some opt only to wear their engagement ring on special occasions. Others might wish to secure it a special everyday spot over on the right ring finger once the wedding band comes along. Some might not wear their rings on their fingers at all, but instead hang them with pride on a necklace.

All in all, just like your unique love story, the choice is all yours.