Which finger is the engagement ring? Engagement rings: photo
Today, few of us adhere to the customs and traditions that were revered in ancient Russia. Unfortunately, these are the flaws of the "Soviet" upbringing, which was based on completely different principles. But now an increasing number of people show interest in the rituals of the past, and the most important of them, of course, is engagement. Few people know about the specifics of this tradition: how it happens, how it is announced and when, not to mention on which finger the engagement ring is worn. It should be noted that, presenting this exquisite jewelry accessory in ancient times, the groom thus confirmed the honesty of his intentions towards the bride, who, accepting him as a gift, seemed to give her consent to the marriage.
Before analyzing in detail the question on which finger the engagement ring is worn, it should be emphasized that in Slavic and American (European) culture the above ritual is called differently.
The fact that in the USA it is considered to be an engagement in Russia was called matchmaking, which was a whole ceremony, painted “by notes”.
Nowadays, when it comes to engagement, there is a “Western” (European) variation of the tradition in question. However, it cannot be said that the modern ceremony is devoid of romanticism and a beautiful script. On the contrary, this is a wonderful sight.
And, of course, every young lady who is ready to try on a wedding dress, simultaneously with trepidation and impatience, is waiting for the main gift from her beau - an engagement ring.
A bit of history
The future brides, who really want to know about which finger they wear the engagement ring, will certainly be interested to know when the tradition to give this jewelry appeared.
In the second half of the 15th century, one of the dukes of Austria, not fully convinced that his beloved, daughter of the French king, Mary of Burgundy, would agree to marry him, reinforced his intentions with a diamond ring. The princess gave her consent - and after that the tradition of making such gifts to future wives was strictly observed.If the girl did not want to bind herself to marriage, then she simply did not accept the ring.
Since the jewelry is decorated with precious metals, it is inherited as a family relic. However, let us return to the question of which finger is used for the engagement ring.
As for our country, the tradition prescribes to wear jewelry on the ring finger.
How do they wear an engagement ring in Europe? On which hand and on which finger? The inhabitants of the Old World adhere to several other rules. They also wear a jewelry accessory on the ring finger, but on the left hand.
Do wedding and engagement rings come together?
Of course, a huge number of representatives of the weaker sex are interested in the question of whether it is possible to wear an engagement ring with a wedding ring.
It should be noted that in most cases, the engagement ornament on the wedding day is removed either for a while or forever. However, it is not prohibited for the bride to wear two rings at once: she puts the wedding ring on her ring finger, and the engagement ring on any other one, as long as it is on time.Some young ladies wear the two above-mentioned jewelry on one finger.
However, do not forget about some of the nuances. In particular, the engagement ring should not be placed on the ring finger of the left hand, since it is believed that women who are divorced wear jewelry like this.
What is the difference
So, you expect your lover to give you an engagement ring? How to wear this accessory, you already know. However, can you distinguish engagement from engagement?
The first version of jewelry is usually made smooth, without any frills in the decor. As for the second, it is usually encrusted with a gemstone (diamond, ruby, topaz). It would seem that the engagement rings, the photos of which can be found on the pages of many printed publications covering the subject of jewelry, simply cannot be confused with other precious items. However, this sometimes happens.
Today, the future newlyweds do not exclude the option of buying wedding rings, which are decorated with precious stones, diamond cut, various patterns. As for the engagement decorations, they are often completely forgotten about them, or they are used as cheap products.If you delve more into the comparison of the engagement and the engagement ring, the difference becomes significant. We emphasize once again that expensive jewelry for matchmaking in most cases becomes a family jewel and is passed from parents to children. But if we talk about rings that the young people put on each other in their hands directly at the wedding ceremony, then the owners of such jewelry can not change. In any case, it is not accepted.
If in Russia it’s generally accepted that after the official marriage ceremony, a wife can wear two jewelery on her arm at once (engagement and engagement), then in Western European countries the jewelery presented by the groom before the wedding should be removed once and for all after the boyfriend and girl legalize their relationship.
At the same time, the tradition of transferring jewelry from generation to generation abroad is also holy. Yes, and the rite of engagement originated in European countries. As already emphasized, in our country it also existed, only in a different way was called matchmaking.
Very curious is the fact that in Germany, for example, the engagement ring the future wives put on their left hand - and only after receiving the marriage certificate, it “migrates” to the right. And Polish ladies, on the contrary, wear it exclusively on the right.
Of course, in our country there are no strict regulations on how to wear the half-ring ring. Even if you mistakenly put it on the wrong hand, no one will blame you for it. The main thing is that you feel comfortable and convenient!