If you’re a jewellery lover, you’ve probably looked down at your hands at some point and thought – well, five fingers, why not five rings? Sure, this might be going a little far, but there’s nothing stopping you decorating each finger to show off your passion!
With that being said, you’re probably aware that every finger has a meaning when it comes to rings, and you will need to choose your jewellery based on these meanings. So what are the meanings of each finger and what rings should you be looking at? Here’s a quick run through:
The left pinky finger traditionally represented one of two things: in the 19th century it was normal for men to wear rings on their pinky finger to show they were married. If not this, then it was often associated with the Mafia. Yeesh…
This is both the engagement and wedding ring finger. It can also be used as the promise ring finger.
There is actually no particular meaning to the left middle finger, so we can pass this one by pretty quickly.
In the past, visitors to the King and Queen would kneel and kiss the ring on the index finger to indicate respect for royalty. Today, however, the index finger relates to both royalty and fashion.
The thumb is traditionally reserved for those of a higher class. This is because a ring on the thumb is a status symbol that represents wealth.
What Rings Should You Choose?
With all of this in mind, we’ve got a few ideas about how to utilise each finger in order to help you decide. Starting with the pinky finger…
Your Pinky Finger
Obviously, these days, there is a specific ring finger, and hopefully you’re not in the mafia, which means this finger is open to interpretation. In the twenty-first-century, the pinky finger is often the home of signet rings – rings that represent lineage and the family tree. If you don’t have a family symbol, perhaps choose a personalised ring that has your surname inscribed into it.
Your Ring Finger
Keep things simple for this finger. It should revolve around love in some way, so an engagement, wedding or promise ring will certainly suffice.
Your Middle Finger
This finger has no specific meaning, but we think it’s a great place to put a ring that relates to your spirituality or religion. For instance, if you are a member of the Jewish faith, there are plenty of jewish jewellery options that can be placed here to let your religion shine. Whatever faith you are, however, use your middle finger to represent it.
Your Index Finger
Unless you’re royalty, you’ll want this finger to be more of a fashion statement. Look for something cool and fashionable to add some colour and pizazz to that hand!
This is where you can treat yourself. Have you got a ring – or want a ring – that is a little expensive? If so, place it on your thumb and give it the stage it deserves. The thought that this finger only represents a certain class is outdated. Anyone can utilise the thumb, but if you want to remain in-keeping with meanings, then a slightly more expensive ring will certainly fit snugly there!
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