Nina's guide to wedding ring finger meaning & other bridal jewellery traditions

Nina's guide to wedding ring finger meaning & other bridal jewellery traditions

Nina's guide to wedding ring finger meaning & other bridal jewellery traditions

Many of us know that the wedding ring symbolises a never-ending circle, a promise of eternal love and commitment to one another. This significant statement is represented by the ring's design, but have you ever wondered what the placement of the wedding ring means?

Let Nina's be your guide through the many bridal jewellery traditions as we explore the meaning of the wedding ring finger and shed light on many common questions brides may ask, from who should buy the engagement to other bridal jewellery traditions.


Which is the wedding ring finger and why?

In many Western cultures, the wedding ring finger is on the left hand on the fourth finger. It is a tradition that stems back further than you may have thought to Ancient Rome where they thought that a vein, called the "vena amoris" or the "vein of love," ran directly from that finger to the heart. As your designated cupid, Nina’s regretfully has to inform you that we now know this isn’t true, although we like to acknowledge the historical origins of this tradition and appreciate its continued significance in contemporary times.


What does it mean to wear a wedding ring on your right hand?

Personal preference and your set of cultural customs are at the heart of all things wedding related, and this extends to the bridal jewellery itself. In Westernised cultures, wearing the wedding ring on the left hand is customary, though, in some European countries, they wear them on the right. Of course, you may choose which hand you would like to be bling-ed to perfection! 

For some, it is customary to wear the wedding ring on the right hand only when a couple decides to renew their vows. There is no predetermined time frame when a couple can - or even if they must - renew their vows. Again, it all depends on the couple's preferences. (But really, who wouldn't want to celebrate their eternal love with beautiful diamonds again and again?) 


What is the most popular style of an engagement ring? 

The Solitaire Diamond engagement ring is elegant and timeless. It is no surprise that they are one of the most popular styles of engagement rings! Nina’s shares a love for the classic and chic appearance of the solitaire diamond. Not only do we offer exquisite solitaire diamond designs, but we pride ourselves on the quality of the diamonds themselves and the fine craftsmanship that goes into making them from our master jewellers.  Browse Nina’s Solitaire Diamonds.

popular types of engagement rings

Should you wear your engagement ring on your wedding day?

Short answer, YES! If you can’t dream of parting with your beautiful ring, even just for a day, do not worry because you can wear your engagement ring on your wedding day. Traditional etiquette would suggest wearing the engagement ring on the right hand; after the ceremony, the ring may be placed back on the left hand.


Which order should you wear, the wedding ring & engagement ring?

Traditionally the wedding ring is placed first, and the engagement ring follows. If you are searching for a complimentary bridal jewellery set like no other, Nina’s specialises in customising one-off pieces. Let us help you bring your dream set to life


Looking to match your engagement ring to your wedding ring?

Why not customise them!


What is a promise ring? 

A promise ring is a symbolic gift representing the love, devotion and commitment from one person to another. For some, it is the precursor to an engagement ring. For a sparkly place to start your bridal jewellery collection, browse Nina's Rainbow Diamond Collection.


rainbow diamond engagement rings

What finger do you wear a promise ring on?

A promise ring can be interpreted and worn on whichever finger you choose. If you have received a promise ring to symbolise the promise of an engagement ring, you may want to wear it on the left hand. Ultimately the final decision is up to you!

Who traditionally buys the rings?

Traditionally engagement etiquette dictated that the groom buys the engagement ring for his partner. As for the wedding ring, the groom's family traditionally purchases the bride's wedding ring and vice versa. Some may still adopt this method.

Others make the financially significant purchase together. For couples who wish to collectively research, explore and discover their forever rings and other bridal jewellery together Nina's offers one-on-one services with a GIA Certified Diamond & Design specialist who will guide you to your forever ring. We’re only a click away.


Should men buy their own wedding ring? 

Traditionally, it was expected that the bride, with or without assistance from her family, would be responsible for purchasing the wedding ring for her groom. However, in modern society, many stereotypes and traditions have evolved, allowing for more personal and individualized practices to take their place.

Within the sacred bond of marriage, there exists room for both tradition and individualism. The decision of who purchases the wedding ring now rests solely on what aligns best with the couple's preferences, desires, and attitudes, as well as their budget. It is a deeply personal choice that allows couples to honour their unique relationship and make decisions that reflect their shared journey together.


What’s the most popular style of men’s wedding rings? 

While the most popular men's wedding ring style remains a classic plain yellow or white gold band or even platinum, we understand that you may be seeking something more distinctive that truly reflects your personal style. At Nina's, we proudly offer a diverse range of men's wedding rings in various colours, metals, and price points, allowing you to find the perfect ring that resonates with your unique taste and preferences. Whether you're drawn to alternative metals, intricate designs, or contemporary styles, our collection is designed to cater to every individual's desire for a truly special and meaningful wedding ring. Explore our collection today! 


popular styles for mens wedding rings


Do you have to wear your wedding/engagement ring every day?

No! You do not need to wear your wedding or engagement ring every day. You wouldn’t wear an oversized woolly coat on a 30-degree day, so why would you wear your most prized procession in scenarios where you may lose or damage it?

We know you want to show it to the world, but every ring deserves some TLC. Remember, long-lasting love, must shimmer and sparkle instead of flicker and fizzle.


What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is traditionally worn on the left hand, alongside the engagement and wedding rings, symbolising eternal love and commitment. Originally, diamonds were given to commemorate the 60th wedding anniversary, signifying a lifetime of love and devotion.

However, the concept of the eternity ring has evolved over time, and its meaning now varies among different couples. The reasons for gifting an eternity ring have also expanded beyond the traditional milestone. Eternity rings are now exchanged on various special occasions and milestones, including significant anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day, or even to celebrate the birth of a child. They have become a beautiful symbol of love and celebration that can be cherished and worn throughout life's precious moments.


 Let Nina’s help with the perfect ring for your perfect day! 

Nina’s only uses the best quality natural materials, crafted with skill guaranteed to make a statement.  This ensures you can shop with confidence for the jewellery you will love.

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