Traditionally, and in most cultures, your engagement ring and wedding ring are worn together on the same finger commonly known as the ring finger. It’s the fourth finger on your left hand, right next to your pinky. The wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it resides closest to your heart, with the engagement ring following on the outside.
Exchanging rings as symbols of love is believed to have originated in Egypt. They believed that the vein in the fourth finger ran directly to the heart, strengthening the pledge of love and commitment. Romans adopted this tradition, spreading the practice throughout Europe, thus becoming the basis for the U.S. tradition. In reality, there’s no such vein, but the symbolism and tradition remain strong.
As most people have preferred to wear these two rings together, bridal sets that are specially designed to match and wear well together are popular choices when planning for both rings.
This ensures the rings will sit nicely on your finger next to one another without unnecessary rubbing or even scratching of metal by stones. For some, they may choose to solder their two rings together to prevent movement and twisting around the finger making the rings misaligned.
We’ve worked with clients to create an engagement ring and wedding ring set that are perfectly matched in style and format, while other clients prefer their rings to have a bit of contrast, whether by mixing metals or styles.