Which order do you wear wedding, engagement and eternity rings?
19th April 2020
by Tara W.
There are different rings that will help you mark a special moment and during a marriage there are plenty. Hence, it can become a bit confusing to know how to wear them. But don’t panic, it is quite simple: when engaged, wear your engagement ring on the fourth finger of your left hand. When married, wedding ring should go first so it is closer to the heart, followed by the engagement ring. So what about the eternity ring? This one is up to you; you can wear on top of your wedding and engagement ring or wear it on the opposite hand.
So many options can daze anyone. But the key to avoiding any misstep is to know what each ring is used for. So here’s a rundown of the purpose of each and where to wear them to help you.
How to Wear an Engagement Ring
Engagement rings have been around for centuries. Anthropologists believe that they originated from the Roman tradition where women used to wear rings attached to small keys to symbolise their engagement. Gimmal rings, a ring that features two to three links that fit together that form one ring and posie rings, metal bands that featured a short inscription on their surface, were very popular during the 15th through the 17th centuries in England and France.
But the first-ever diamond engagement ring recorded was back in 1477, where Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented it to his fiancé, Mary of Burgundy. This became a trend among the European aristocracy helping it become the tradition that it is today.
Engagement rings are given by a partner to their prospective spouse to propose marriage to them. If this proposal is accepted, the person – usually the woman, will wear it indicating that they are engaged to be married. When the time of the wedding comes, the bride-to-be will remove her engagement ring and put it back on afterwards.
Which finger should you wear an engagement ring?
Traditionally, engagement rings are worn on the left ring finger in the UK. The left ring finger is the fourth finger (next to your pinky finger) on your left hand. After marriage the engagement ring is usually placed on top of the wedding ring.
How to Wear a Wedding Ring
A wedding ring symbolises the promise of a future together and its circular shape represents a love that is unbroken, that is eternal. Exchanged between the couple on their wedding, they are a universal symbol of love.
Wedding rings date back to the same period as the engagement ring, being popular among the ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowadays, both spouses wear them but before it was only the wives who were supposed to wear it. Some even had two, one to be worn inside and another to be worn in public. In the United States, the use of wedding rings for both spouses wasn’t customary until the 20th century.
Which finger should you wear a wedding ring on?
In most Western cultures, particularly in the UK, you would wear your wedding ring on the fourth finger of your left hand. This is otherwise known as your ring finger and is also the place to wear your engagement ring.
Wedding Ring Designs and Materials
- White gold
- Yellow gold
- Rose gold
How To Wear Eternity Rings
This ring is not one you would receive together with your engagement ring or wedding ring but on a marriage’s milestone.
Traditionally, eternity rings are given to celebrate an anniversary – being the first one the most popular one-, or the birth of the couple’s first child.
Eternity rings, also known as infinity rings, are a symbol of eternal love and, at the same time, luxury. These magnificent rings feature identical cut diamonds encrusted all around the metal band and have an exceptional sparkle that shines around the band, no matter which angle you are looking at it from. An alternative option for those who love colour is to use gemstones like sapphires or rubies combined with diamonds.
Half eternity rings are as luxurious as eternity rings but the bottom is pure metal.
Which finger should you wear an eternity ring on?
In the UK it is popular to wear your eternity ring on the ring finger of your left hand on top of your engagement ring and wedding band. If it is uncomfortable or doesn't fit nicely together, you can switch it to the same finger on the opposite hand.
Which order should you wear your engagement & wedding ring?
Tradition dictates that once you are married, you should wear your wedding ring first so it is closer to your heart and engagement ring second. Both of them are worn on your third finger of your left hand.
Some even choose to wear them separately, one on each hand. The wedding ring will go on your left hand and the engagement ring on your right hand. This will suit those with short fingers since sometimes having two rings on one single finger can make it look shorter.
Engagement, Wedding and Eternity Rings, which order?
Here is where it gets a little bit intricate. Traditionally, you should wear them on your ring finger on your left hand. But this can be uncomfortable for some, especially if you have a very active lifestyle. A good alternative that will help you avoid this is to wear both engagement and wedding ring on your left hand and the eternity ring on your third finger on your right hand.
There are many ways or rules to dictate how to wear these rings, you could follow the tradition or be a trendsetter and wear them in your own unique way, but the important thing is that fits comfortable on you. Discover a diamond ring that is right for you or check out our other blog post to learn how to clean your diamond rings at home.