Symbolism and meaning of wearing rings

Finger rings adds oneness, sophistication, and sometimes even chastity. They remind us about people we love, protect us from an evil eye and inspire confidence. According to psychologists, the special meaning lies not behind the shape of the ring or the size of the gemstone, but behind the finger on which this ring is worn. It reveals various features of our character. Why is it so? Read on to find out.

symbolism of wearing rings


If the ring is worn on the middle finger it is obvious that the wearer appreciates beauty; hand jewellery puts the accent on the pretty hands while the longest finger attracts the attention of the people around to the ring. The ring on the middle finger says a lot about love for oneself. The bigger the size of the gemstone in the ring, the more attention the wearer needs.

The wish for power is expressed wearing the ring on the index finger. If this ring is decorated with the gemstone, that means that its wearer has a strong character, is proud and has the lust for power. Worn on the index finger of the right hand the ring symbolizes exceptional insight, while the index finger of left hand symbolizes the megalomania and tendency towards hysteria.

It is not a secret that rings on this finger were worn by the greatest leaders and generals: Gaius Julius Caesar, Ivan the Terrible, Cardinal Richelieu and Henry VIII. The latter is pictured in all paintings with the rings on both hands.

If you see a person wearing a ring on the little finger, you can guess that he or she is an actor, painter or designer. Therefore, if you meet a person who doesn‘t belong to the world of art but wears the ring on his little finger you will probably soon make sure that you‘ve met and interesting and colourful personality having a distinctive and individual attitude towards life and managing to free oneself from the frames.

The ring on the thumb (especially if this hand belongs to a man :)) means the person is expecting for exceptional attention from other people. Psychologists claim that such person usually is very attentive to his sexuality. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the thumb is a symbol of male genital, and therefore tried to protect their masculine power with an iron ring on the thumb.

Everyone knows that the ring on the third finger indicates the family status of the wearer. To some purpose ancient Egyptians believed that there is a “love artery” in this finger, which can reach the heart. Egyptians used to wear rings made from various metals, glass and ceramic on this finger.

Ancient Romans used to give rings made from iron or bronze as a symbol of marriage reinforcement. Gold wedding rings gained their popularity only in III-IV ct.

The ring is universal piece of jewellery, because it is possible to use them as the decoration of the hand fingers as well as the decoration of the toes. This piece of jewellery tells that the person wants to distinguish and means undue self-estimation. Such person is always trying to be in the centre of attention and expects to receive praise, and it doesn’t matter if he is worth of this praise or not.

To conclude, a few tips for those who love to wear rings:

  • Rings with oval or elongated gemstones makes fingers appear longer than they really are.
  • Massive rings decorated with gemstones do not fit to short women having small short hand fingers.
  • Narrow and humble rings better suits young girls.
  • It is a best taste to wear a few rings on one finger.
  • Massive and extremely expensive rings should not be worn during the daytime.

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