Choosing your best engagement ring style means more than just finding a pretty ring in your budget. When you wear your engagement ring on your left hand, you also need to consider how you use that hand and how your ring will be affected every day.
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Why Engagement Rings Are Worn on the Left Hand
In many western countries, including much of western Europe as well as the United States and Canada, engagement rings are traditionally worn on the left hand. In part, this stems from an ancient Roman
belief that the “vena amoris” or “vein of love” runs directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart, and therefore provides a connection between one’s engagement ring and the heart. While there is no such vein, the romantic notion has persisted and many people choose to wear their engagement ring on that finger.
For some couples, the left hand is preferred simply because it is the non-dominant hand. Approximately
90 percent of the world’s population is right-handed, making the left hand non-dominant and therefore used less. This keeps an engagement ring more protected because the hand is not under as much stress from holding, gripping, and other activities that could damage a delicate ring.
There is no absolutely correct hand or finger for an engagement ring to be worn on, and the choice is ultimately a matter of personal preference. If you do wear your ring on the left hand, however, it is best to choose a style that will complement the hand and keep the ring protected.
Best Left Hand Engagement Ring Styles
Any style of engagement ring can look stunning on the left hand, depending on how that hand is used. If you are left-handed, it may be best to opt for a more robust ring setting that will hold a diamond or gemstone securely and protect it from damage, such as a bezel or channel setting. Consider avoiding very high profile settings or sharp corners such as princess cuts, since these are more easily damaged. A halo setting can help protect the center stone from damage, and many antique engagement rings have detailed settings with gorgeous stone arrangements ideal to symbolize your romantic commitment while still protecting the center stone.
It is also important to take your hand’s proportions into account when choosing the best engagement ring style. The dominant hand – either left or right – does tend to be very slightly larger than the non- dominant hand due to extra muscle use and development in the fingers, which can affect the appropriate ring size. Also choose a ring style that works well with the finger shape and overall hand
length, to be sure the ring is neither lost on a large hand nor overwhelming on a smaller hand.
Even if you are right-handed and will wear your engagement ring on your left hand, consider how you typically use that hand when you choose an engagement ring style. If you put your left hand in your pocket or a purse frequently, you may still want a lower profile ring. Similarly, if you frequently play sports, visit the gym, or perform a lot of two-handed tasks that could put your ring at risk, it is best to
choose a ring style that will work well with your lifestyle.
Ultimately, choose the engagement ring style you love, with quality that will fit comfortably within your budget. Consider trying a variety of styles to see how they really look on your left hand, and practice using that hand in typical ways to ensure the ring fits well and is comfortable on your hand. You can easily find a beautiful left hand engagement ring from any era, from Edwardian and Victorian styles to mid-century modern vintage pieces, that will suit not only your hand, but also your style preferences and the symbolism of your relationship.
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