The 5 Golden Rules of Wearing Rings

30.4.21

If you asked anyone what their favourite item of jewellery was, you'll probably find that most answer with 'rings'. Of course highly popular for symbolic reasons (I have worn my engagement and wedding rings religiously since they were presented to me), they are also easy and stylish to wear for many other occasions. But have you ever thought about the golden rules of ring wearing?


Which Finger?
Of course you can wear rings on any finger. However you may want to consider the symbolism that certain fingers have. The ‘ring finger’ (the one between the middle finger and little finger) tends to be used for engagement rings and wedding rings. In other words, wearing a ring on this finger could suggest to people that you are engaged or married.

When it comes to wearing a ring for fashion purposes though, the little finger tends to be the most common choice. Professional rings and signet rings are also commonly worn on this finger. Wearing a ring on your index finger can symbolise power - many people in positions of authority have traditionally worn a ring on this finger.

Right or Left Hand?
When it comes to rings as a fashion accessory, it’s often worth putting them on your non-dominant hand so that they don’t get in the way - so if you’re right handed for example, you might want to put rings on your left hand. As with engagement and wedding rings, these are traditionally worn on the left hand, so again do bare this in mind if you want to avoid constant questions about marriage.

How Many?
Less is usually more when it comes to jewellery, however there can be an exception when it comes to rings. Stacking rings is actually a really popular way to wear them in current fashion. Make sure to choose rings that complement each other - picking similar metals or gems for example to avoid clashing. But this is definitely an area you can make a statement!

What’s the Occasion?
Certain styles of ring can suit certain occasions. For instance, diamond rings are most often a token of engagement, while gold or silver bands are more commonly used as wedding rings.

When it comes to rings for fashion purposes, it can be wise to consider the formality of the occasion. Big chunky statement rings are suitable for parties or casual wear, but often not suitable for the workplace. In professional settings, it might be best to stick to slimmer rings (the exception being professional signet rings), especially if you use your hands a lot for your job.

What Type of Metal?
It is mostly personal preference when it comes to the metal you choose for rings, especially as both gold and silver can be appropriate for most occasions. Gold tends to look better on those with a warmer tone to their skin, while silver looks better on those that have a cooler tone to their skin.

Just be wary that skin allergies to nickel, copper, gold and silver are common. In such cases you may want to stick to hypoallergenic materials like titanium, which rarely produce allergic symptoms. Cheaper rings can also tarnish quickly if exposed to water or products often, so watch out for green fingers!

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