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My fascination with men’s rings actually started in 2015 when I was in Berlin, Germany. At the flea market, I spotted this malachite sterling silver ring which cost just 10 euros and I liked the look of it and that started it all for me.
So what do rings on different fingers mean?
First of all, let’s start with the ring finger. Interestingly, before medical science was established, people thought that there was a direct vein from your ring finger to your heart, it was called the vena amoris or the vein of love. Because of that, it was the natural finger to wear a wedding ring on.
Which brings us to our next finger. The word pinky is derived from the Dutch word pink which means as much as little finger. The earliest recorded use of the term pinky goes back to Scotland in the year 1808. Wearing a pinky ring for men has a long history of symbolism. For example, in Victorian times, men including Prince Albert would wear their wedding band on their pinky ring. Sometimes, it was also stacked underneath their signet ring which was also worn on their pinky finger. On the other hand, in the US, pinky rings were sometimes associated with criminals and thugs.
Next up is the middle finger, also known as the long or the tall finger. It’s most well known for the obvious gesture you can make with it and because of that, very few men choose to wear a ring on this finger. If you ever put a ring on your middle finger, you can notice that it gets in the way of things and it feels odd on your hand. A ring located at the center of the hand is said to symbolize responsibility and balance. Wearing a ring on your middle finger is a very bold choice that gets you noticed and
maybe it can even be a conversation starter.
Next up is the index finger, also known as a trigger finger or pointer finger. It’s a most dominant finger, only second to the thumb and because of that, it symbolizes power or authority and leadership, maybe even more so than the middle finger. If you want your ring to get noticed, wear it on your index finger.
Now last but not least is the thumb. It is probably your most used finger and it’s usually associated with softer gestures such as the thumbs up which are less harsh as the index finger where we point at things. In my experience, the thumb is the key to any kind of a grip position so having a ring really restricts your movement and it’s just awkward.
How many rings can you wear? The simple answer is that’s up to you. There have been men who’ve worn rings on every finger, sometimes even stacked on the same finger. Others wear six rings or four. Personally, I’m a big believer in less is more.
What about wearing two or more rings in the same hand? The most traditional way is probably to stack your wedding band and your pinky ring all on your pinky finger.
Now what if you want to wear rings right next to each other, let’s say on your pinky and your ring finger? Personally, I’m not a big fan because the metal touches and it just feels awkward on my hand. A classic traditional safe way for men to wear rings is to have a single one on your ring finger. If you want to add two, you can put it on a different hand, either on your pinky or on your ring finger or you can stack them on your pinky.