Where Do I Wear My Promise Ring: On Which Finger?
If you are thinking of wearing a Promise Ring, you need to bear in mind that there are many different types of Promise Ring and this will have a bearing on where to wear your ring; which finger to wear your ring on.
So, on what finger do you wear a promise ring?
In the USA and the UK, the ring finger (fourth finger) of the left hand holds the greatest significance; engagement rings and wedding rings are worn on this finger almost without exception. However, in Europe, outside the UK, these rings are worn on the ring finger of the right hand. The following guide is therefore aimed at the USA and the UK.
If you want to wear a Promise Ring, you have to determine how your promise ring correlates with this accepted practice. If you do not mind your promise ring being mistaken for an engagement ring or a wedding band – or if the nature of the vow implies strong similarities with engagement or marriage – the choice is simple. You wear the promise Ring on your fourth (ring) finger of your left hand.
Otherwise you can wear the promise ring on the right ring finger, where its significance is less and it won’t be taken for an engagement ring.
This issue, in fact, can be quite sensitive. If the vows associated with your Promise Ring involve another person, it is a good idea to discuss with them, where you should wear your rings. It is very easy to get into trouble with your guy/girl on such issues.
The rules regarding other rings such as friendship rings are much more relaxed. These Promise Rings can really be worn on any finger ….. but again bear in mind that any ring worn on the ring (fourth) finger of the left hand will attract attention.
Usually, if a promise ring is worn on the left hand ring finger, it is then usually replaced with an engagement ring at the time of a more formal engagement.
As you can see from this, there are some people who believe that the wearing of a promise ring on the left hand ring finger could be confusing; people can mistake it for an engagement ring! You will therefore find a number of people wearing their (pre-engagement) Promise Ring on the ring finger of the right hand.
A Purity or Chastity Ring is worn as a commitment to abstain from sexual activity abstinence until marriage and there are other Promise Rings that symbolize other commitments such as abstinence from other habits like drinking or smoking. In such cases, the ring should ideally be worn on the left hand ring finger as it would then be replaced by a wedding band after marriage. If a promise ring is worn to signify abstinence from other habits, it can be worn on any finger – but the left hand ring finger is still preferred.
Friendship Rings of all kinds are given or exchanged between very close friends – with no romantic relationship involved. Such promise rings can be worn on any finger including the thumb. However, it is best to exclude the left ring finger to eliminate any misinterpretation or misunderstanding of romantic intentions.