Engagement rings have long been a symbol of everlasting love in relationships. But did you know that the way you wear your engagement ring can actually mean a lot? Here is how to wear your engagement ring before and after marriage.

Before Marriage

Traditionally, the only ring you wear before you’re married is your engagement ring. In Canadian culture, the ring is worn on the second smallest finger on the left hand; nicknamed the “ring finger.” This finger is where the vein to your heart is believed to be and is called the vein of love. While this is true for countries like Canada and the United States, some countries like Portugal and other European countries have a custom where the engagement ring is worn on the right-hand side and transferred after the marriage ceremony. Ireland even has a specific ring called the Claddagh ring that symbolizes relationship status depending on the way that it is worn.

Wedding Rings

The debate surrounding which way a wedding band should be worn is ongoing to this day even. Many say the band should be worn on the inside closest to your heart, while others believe that it should be worn on the outside considering that’s the order they were received in. At the end of the day, your wedding ring is an extremely personal piece of jewelry and should be worn how you like it. After marriage, some people will fuse their engagement or wedding rings together to prevent losing one another. Yet again, this is not a traditional style or wearing them but it doesn’t really make that much difference, especially if it was your own decision.


There are a plethora of superstitions when it comes to wearing rings and what they mean. For example, losing or damaging your engagement ring is a sign of bad luck. Additionally, if you wear a ring on your ring finger before you’re engaged or married, that is believed to be a sign you will never get married. In good terms, though, a wedding ring that was passed down is said to bring the joys of that past marriage along with it. 

At the end of the day, how and where you wear your rings is completely up to you and your partner. If you are looking for the perfect engagement or wedding ring, let the diamond experts at Diamonds for Less make all your dreams come true. We offer a variety of services sure to blow away your partner and anyone who sees the jewelry. Call us today to book an appointment!