Thursday, August 19, 2010


The tradition of wearing the wedding and engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand was passed down from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that a vein called the "vena amoris" ran down from the tip of this finger straight to the heart. We now know that no such vein exists, but the custom of wearing rings on this finger endures.

While the engagement ring is the first to be placed on the finger, it is removed for the wedding ceremony, during which the bride can either wear her engagement ring on her right hand or give it to her maid of honor for safekeeping. After the ceremony, the engagement ring can be placed back on the bride's finger on the outside of the wedding band.

A bride might never remove her wedding band from the moment her groom slips it on her finger. An engagement ring, however, usually has a more complicated design and one or more stones, so it's not practical to wear it for certain activities, like gardening or sports. Worn on the outside of the wedding band, it can easily be taken off, then returned to its place later.

We can thank Martha for this interesting info :-)

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