Right-hand rings are the accessory of the moment. Heidi Klum’s done it, Jessica Biel’s done it and the Duchess of Cambridge caused much excitement earlier this year when she was seen sporting a ruby and gold ring on her right hand. And the current trend for right-hand decoration doesn’t stop at gold rings either: from rhodium to platinum to sterling silver, these fashion statements have been causing a storm. Why? Well, many people see them as a direct challenge to the tradition of wearing rings on your left-hand ring finger to signify engagement or marriage.
The Origins of the Right-Hand Ring
Contrary to what you might think, 21st-century celebrities such as Beyonce did not start the right-hand ring trend. For many cultures in the world, gold wedding rings are worn on the right hand rather than the left, as is common in Western society. Eastern European countries such as Greece and Poland retain this habit as part of their faith, while in India brides have been known to extend this tradition to their right-foot toes.