Why an engagement ring?

Autor: Piotr Zieliński

In Western cultures, it has been assumed that the person wearing it is committed to getting married. The ring is presented as an engagement gift by a proposing man. This type of jewelry is mainly worn by women on the ring finger of the right hand. In Anglo-Saxon countries, a ring is customarily worn on the ring finger of the left hand. As you can see, therefore, depending on the region, engagement customs differ. However, there are certain circumstances in which such jewelry should be removed from the finger.

Engagement ring and wedding band

Traditionally, an engagement ring or any other ring should not be worn during the wedding ceremony to make the marriage vows as legible as possible. It can be said that at the time of the wedding, the purpose of the engagement jewelry is fulfilled. Until now, it has testified to the promise of marriage. Now the contract is confirmed in front of witnesses and sealed with an oath and the handing out of wedding rings.

What happens next? Is an engagement ring worn after marriage? Once a marriage has been entered into, it is customary to wear an engagement ring with a wedding ring on one finger. Sometimes, with this in mind, the wedding ring is adjusted in a special way so that it fits perfectly to the ring. In this way, they form a single whole. You can also design a wedding ring pattern referring to the ring, mapping its characteristics so that both elements form a set with each other.

Rigid rules or what who likes?

Today, however, many of these traditions are dying out. Some people choose to wear an engagement ring on their left hand. He then tells a separate story of events from before the marriage. As a result, the wedding ring is emphasized and is assigned a more important role, as it is worn on the right side. Some of my clients put an engagement ring on the middle finger of their right hand, next to the wedding ring. It can be said that it is a kind of compromise between a ring + wedding ring set and wearing both products on separate hands.

Nowadays, when all rules are blurred, there is a certain freedom in wearing engagement jewelry after the wedding, when, with some kind of wedding guarantee, it becomes a priceless family heirloom. Maybe once an engagement was simpler, but thanks to the ring, strong feelings and fondness for this special event remain for much longer.


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