Put A Right-Hand Ring On It
Right hand ring jewellery, is worn as a declaration of independence or to mark a milestone. Whatever their significance, right-hand rings are most definitely back as women want to show who they are.
Beyoncé’s hit song “put a ring on it” is her inspiring female power anthem ‘Single Ladies’. These days, independent women are spending their own hard-earned cash on extravagant diamond or gemstone rings. They proudly flaunting them – on their right hands for all to see.
What are right hand rings?
The term for this used to be cocktail rings. Now a days its normal for women to wear statement rings they are typically bold, colourful gemstones. Usually, women have bought for themselves, but some men are also commissioning a right had ring for their partner. The purchase of the ring is significant too, as women invest in a right-hand ring to mark a milestone. This could be a birthday, a professional achievement or even a divorce.
The best thing about right finger rings is that there are no rules. Some women choose to indulge in a diamond solitaire while others opt for a flamboyant statement ring.
Right hand ring: which finger?
Again, as with the style of ring, there are no hard and fast rules. When it comes to right hand rings, most people tend to wear them on the right ring or index finger. It is not uncommon to see women wearing a single ring, or one on every digit, from pinkie to thumb.
Traditionally, each finger had its own symbolism, with the index finger reserved for membership rings such as those bearing a family crest. Thumb rings are seen as a sign of wealth and empowerment. The right pinkie can also indicate professional status, often presented to graduates in the USA.
How do you wear right hand ring?
In keeping with the tradition set by the 1920s flappers, in Western countries the right hand is often reserved for fun, flamboyant jewels, such as cocktail rings. As most people are right handed, wearing a statement ring on this hand increases its visibility, making it more noticeable to other people.
With rings of a more minimal design, wearing them stacked vertically on one finger or spread across the whole hand can look very stylish. Rings that coil up the finger are also very fashionable now.
Some women also choose to wear eternity rings on their right-hand ring finger. These rings, usually feature channel set diamonds in a full or half circle, are usually given for a wedding anniversary or the birth of a child. Traditionally, worn on the ring finger of the left hand. However, some women prefer to wear the eternity ring on their right hand either because it is more comfortable or simply because they prefer the look.
What do right hand rings mean?
The 1920s concept that a ring worn on the right hand says ‘me’ while the left hand represents ‘we’ still resonates with women today. In 2003, De Beers launched its ‘Raise your Right Hand’ campaign targeting women with enough money to buy a diamond ring for themselves. The campaign, with catch lines such as “Your left-hand rocks the cradle. Your right-hand rules the world”, was a resounding success, boosting sales of non-bridal diamond rings by 15 per cent.
A right-hand ring may signify a woman’s economic independence, as well as family heirloom passed down from previous generations.
Gay and lesbian couples often choose to wear rings on their right hands instead. Within every communities, these right-handed rings have become instantly recognisable indicators of relationship or marital status.
If you’re under the impression that a wedding ring on the left hand was a way of determining someone’s married, think again. The tradition of wearing engagement rings and wedding bands on the left ring finger is not the same all over the world.
In many countries, such as Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Russia, Spain, Colombia and Poland, it is customary to wear wedding bands on the right hand. In Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria women wear their engagement ring on the right hand. The German tradition is that, the engagement ring moves from the left to the right hand after marriage.
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There are numerous variations across the globe. In China, for example, the bride wears the wedding ring on the right hand. This is the so-called ‘working hand’, to signify that she is in charge of the household. The groom wears his on the left hand.
These days the decision is often dictated by personal choice and preference as much as by tradition.
However you choose to wear it, the trend for right-hand rings is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself.