People fond of jewelry won't forget to put on rings every day. Whether it's your wedding ring or just part of your accessories to fit your style, putting a ring is a way of expressing your individuality or fashion.
However, there's more to them than just adding sparkle to your life. It's because each finger has different symbols, traits, and purposes. Hence, here's a quick description of each finger and what they symbolize:
The thumb represents fire and the universal consciousness. Meanwhile, the index finger means air and individual consciousness. The middle finger symbolizes akasha or connection. The ring finger signifies earth, and lastly, the pinky finger is for water elements.
Therefore, when you put on rings, there's more to dressing your fingers than the symbols they represent. There are many interpretations for each finger, and they vary from different cultures, events, astrology, and many more.
Some symbols are directed to health and the organs of the body.
To give you a more profound representation of each finger, continue reading below.
What does each finger represent?
If you need inspiration as to which finger you will wear your new ring, you need to know the difference of what each finger represents.
Though it may seem weird to wear a ring, the thumb is unique and prominent. If you wear a ring on this finger, it denotes strength and boldness.
When you wear a ring on your thumb, it means that you're a firm believer in willpower, which means you're free to think of whatever you want, but the opportunity to grasp that thing you want lies within you.
The thumb is a great location to wear traditional rings when it comes to rings. Usually, the fingers at the center of the hand are already occupied with specific bands, like the wedding ring and engagement ring.
So, if you want to create some space between those rings, the thumb is the perfect option to put on your newly bought ring. Moreover, it provides a far enough space, particularly spatially apart.
On the other hand, the index finger, known as the pointer, the trigger finger, the first finger, or the forefinger on the human hand, is usually the largest. It's the most dominant finger of all; that's why its main symbolism is leadership or being a team player.
When you wear a ring on your index finger, it represents your courage, pride, ambition, power, and authority.
But in terms of romance, putting a ring on this finger symbolizes your desire to be engaged or married. Because of its prominence, it's typically used to wear college, fraternal, and family-related rings, such as those with symbols, names, and family crests.
Of course, the middle finger became well-known because it can deliver insults. However, ironically speaking, this finger is associated with your heart. It has profound meaning regarding self-worth, personal identity, and individuality.
Therefore, when you wear a ring on the middle finger, it could be a statement of you being in love. It could also signify a period where you're going through life reflection and introspection.
Aside from the heartfelt meaning behind this finger, the bands worn on it could represent your style preference. You can wear bold statement rings, cocktail rings, and even personalized rings on this digit.
They make a great fit on your middle finger.
The ring finger is the most popular, and you know why. This finger has a name derived from the ring itself and usually holds the more profound symbolism for love and affection.
It's like when you wear on this finger; it says “I'm taken” without even saying it. But did you know that there's more beyond that?
Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding rings are worn on the ring finger to signify the love and commitment of the couple. Furthermore, wearing a ring on this digit denotes creativity, beauty, compassion, and adventure.
Lastly, the little finger or mostly called the pinky. You probably remember when you made a promise or an agreement with an old friend when you were your or your parents using this tiny finger. I
t's the reason they called it a pinky promise.
Because of this, the little finger is a statement of bonding and communication. When you wear a ring on this finger, it also signifies intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness, and intuition.
Nowadays, some rings are meant for pinky. Though it's not the best place to put a ring on, the little finger is still a well-accepted place if you want to wear a ring in a subtle and low-key way.
I also wrote an article about Spiritual Meaning of the Five Fingers, which you might find interesting.
What do rings on each finger mean spiritually?
From your marital status to your career, your rings tell a lot about you. Some fingers have special meaning, while others don't mean anything.
Try to remember all these symbols to decide where to wear your ring.
But before that, you must know the difference between the left-hand and right-hand ring wearers. The fingers attached with symbolism are also have something to do with the hand where you wear the ring.
In some cultures, it is believed that the left hand symbolizes character and belief. It's one of the main reasons wedding bands and engagement rings are worn on the left hand.
Moreover, the right hand is more dominant for many people than their left hand, making sense to wear it on the left hand. It's because the right hand is your working hand, so your expensive ring might expose the risk of damage.
If you are left-handed, you might think that the right hand is better for you. But there are other reasons people choose to wear rings on the right hand.
For one reason, it's to signal gay or lesbian relationships. Or it could be to indicate economic independence as a woman. If you inherit your late mother's ring, it's advisable to wear it on the right hand.
Now that you know the meaning of the left and right hands, it's now the time to discuss each finger of the hand. So, let's start with the left hand.
A ring on the left pinky finger can represent several different things. If a man wears two rings on the left pinky finger, it indicates that he's already married.
The bottom ring should be the wedding ring, followed by the signet ring on top. This belief was popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries, where even the American president Franklin Roosevelt followed this custom.
Meanwhile, pinky rings on either hand are believed to be associated with organized crime culture.
The left ring finger is used for weddings and engagement rings. However, some people prefer to wear a promise ring on this finger.
In Western countries, when you wear a ring on this finger, it means that you're married or are engaged to be married. But some young people choose to wear a chastity ring on the left ring finger to signify their abstinence from intimate acts before marriage.
A ring put on the left middle finger has no meaning. But since the middle finger is the center of the hand and usually the longest, it can symbolize power and responsibility.
In addition, the left index finger doesn't stand for anything too, but it's an excellent place to show off a significant or expensive ring.
Meanwhile, a left thumb ring doesn't symbolize love, profession, and relationship status. But it's an excellent location for a fashion statement.
Likewise, a ring on the right thumb doesn't have a specific meaning, but you can wear your favorite chunk of the ring here. The right index finger symbolizes marriage in some cultures, like in traditional Jewish ceremonies.
Usually, a plain gold ring goes on the index finger of the right hand, but some brides move it on the left ring finger after the ceremony.
This finger doesn't hold any special meaning like the left middle finger. It's open to interpretation when it comes to wearing a ring.
You can make your symbolism for a ring on this digit.
In some cultures, the right ring finger also signifies love and commitment for weddings and engagement, though the left ring finger is the more prominent one. Several countries practice using the right ring finger for the same purpose, including Russia, India, Germany, etc.
Lastly, the right pinky finger denotes professional status. In some professions, particularly ecology and engineering, wearing a pinky ring symbolizes that you've completed the degree in that field.
Graduates wear this pinky ring mostly on their dominant hand, the right pinky finger.
Which is the lucky finger?
If you feel that things aren't going well and you have experienced several bad lucks in life, you may find wearing a ring where you think it's most lucky.
It depends on your desires in life because each finger has its unique fortune to bring. For instance, the thumb signifies good health and longevity.
Therefore, it's more suitable for elders and seniors.
The index finger can enhance authority, power, and social status, making it suitable for business people. Meanwhile, the middle finger represents responsibility and money luck. The ring finger is connected to relationships, like marriage and engagement. At last, the pinky finger brings wealth and good luck.