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Does a Ring on That Finger Only Mean One Thing?

Since I'm neither married nor engaged, I've never thought twice about wearing a ring on my left-hand ring finger, especially a big, chunky ring that's a far cry from a solitaire diamond. But a few weeks ago, I was at a party, and some dude spotted one of the big, chunky rings in question and asked, "Are you engaged?" I wanted to answer, "um, yeah . . . to a clown."

Wedding rings are super-traditional, but they are a handy way to tell if people are attached or not. However, until you're betrothed, I say wear any ol' ring you want. Do you agree, or do you prefer to leave that finger blank until it's loaded with something symbolic?

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JerseyBecca JerseyBecca 6 years
Where did you get the ring? It's beautiful, just what I have been looking for?
Violence Violence 7 years
"And sometimes if I'm traveling alone, I wear a "wedding ring" so that nobody hits on me." I do this, too! It's so convenient, you automatically don't get any of those snarky, "So, do you have a boyfriend?" comments.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Leene, what a great comment! I Love that!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Before I was married I wore a single pearl ring (my birthstone) on my ring finger. Yes, I got quite a few questions about it, but I had no problem explaining why I wore it... I wore that ring as a promise to myself to never compromise my standards again. It was a good thing for me and reminded me to take an objective look at who was asking the question. It didn't bring me bad luck either! I've found my match, and now my wedding rings go there... Initially he asked me why I wore it and when I explained it he actually had a lot of respect for my reasoning. Now I've got a fire opal ring and plain band that are sometimes mistaken as 'just rings'. The fact that I forget them pretty regularly probably doesn't help (or make the hubby mad)!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I've been thinking about this obviously because I wore 2 rings on the ring finger on my right hand the other day & none on the left looked kind of cute actually! Some days I wear no rings at all (I just forget).
eunge eunge 8 years
i wear rings on either my ring finger or my index finger, because they're the only fingers that rings look nice (on me).. but alot of my guy friends told me to stop wearing rings on my ring finger because guys who might be interested in me would probably think i have a boyfriend and not come up to me.. i mean. i understand if i'm wearing like a simple band ring or something, but i wear cocktail style rings.. which would be impossible to mistake for a ring thats shared with someone..
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
I used to be superstitious about this - but then I said screw it! I'll wear my bling any old place I want to!
dootsie dootsie 8 years
I think that the rise of nontraditional engagement rings really makes it confusing to wear any ol' ring on the left hand. Personally, I think it's a ridiculous custom, but it's what we know.
lovy29 lovy29 8 years
You can definitely wear a ring on any finger you want, but if you're single and looking, you might miss out on a lot of guys who do the 'ring check' before approaching you.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I went without wearing anything on that finger a long time. I still don't wear anything there except on occasion, when I'm in the mood to wear costume jewelry.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
i have had bad luck even when it was only a wedding ring on that finger. who cares what hand you wear a's 2009.if you're not married or engaged you shouldn't be afraid to wear a ring on your finger.
Lili-Anne Lili-Anne 8 years
i belived that you should wear a ring in that finger only if its an engagement ring, because it will bring you bad luck if you put any other ring there, so i dont want to take any risk so i dont wear anything yet =)
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
I do the same as bellasugar. But one of my ex got jealous when I wore an engagement ring of someone else on that finger. I mean it's someone's engagement ring and it has no sentimental meaning to me whatsoever but it's a very nice diamond ring and to me, why not? P.S. size of someone's engagement ring only fits on that finger.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i wear my torqouise ring just cuz it only fits that finger. am i engaged? no i hope i dont meet a man that cheap to give me a old beat up ring. lol
ladylaw2010 ladylaw2010 8 years
I wear a pave diamond band on my left ring finger and a green amethyst/diamond ring on my right ring finger. I'm in a long term relationship, but not engaged yet. People always grab my right hand and ask if we got engaged, which is strange, but whatever. Maybe it's just because it's on "their left side." Regardless, I don't think it matters what you wear or where you wear it, but like everyone else said, people will ask questions.
bisou002 bisou002 8 years
i never ever ever wear rings on that finger. if my boyfriend wants other guys to think i'm engaged, he should just propose! ;)
heart-of-steele heart-of-steele 8 years
my bf gave me an antique garnet ring for my birthday, just as a nice thoughtful present not as any promise or engagement ring or anything. It fits on both ring fingers, and I am constantly switching hands depending on how many other rings I am wearing. It's just as meaningful to be wearing something he gave me, no matter what finger I have it on.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Nope. Before I was married or engaged, I always wore rings on that finger (as well as other fingers). However, personally, the only time I wore a DIAMOND ring on that finger was for engagement/marriage reasons. My other rings on that finger were non-diamond ones.
kmkitn kmkitn 8 years
i say wear whatever you want, just don't be surprised if men ask what it's all about. the only risk you take is that some shy guy might steer clear for fear of hitting on a married woman. remember that most guys probably aren't thinking about what style of ring it is. the distinction between a cocktail ring and a diamond solitaire is not something most guys think about. the upshot is that it could be a conversation starter.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Let's see. When I was engaged, I wore my ring. We both decided NOT be engaged since I wanted to wait a while before getting married, and he wanted to buy a different ring, etc. Basically do it over again, haha. I still have the same ring and wear it on that finger, as a symbol that I am committed to someone I intend on marrying. He wears a ring on his finger too for the same purpose -- or did, since now his finger is a size and a half bigger than what it was then!
emms emms 8 years
I don't wear any rings on that finger but I don't object to women who do. I do have a fake diamond ring though that I used to wear on that hand when I was a cocktail waitress. It made the night a lot easier. And Tres, feel free to say "Dude" as much as you want. I say "Dude" and I'm not in high school. Anyone who calls you out is just lameeeee!
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