Generally, rings worn on the left-hand ring finger are associated with engagement and/or marriage.
But what do you do if you are neither engaged nor married and want to wear a ring on that finger anyway? Let’s talk!
No rule or law states that a girl must be in a relationship to wear a ring on her left finger. Many girls will wear fake/costume rings on their left hand to avoid being flirted with. However, when girls do wear rings on that specific finger, most people will assume she is in a relationship.
You might still want to know more and that’s okay! Here are some tips if you enjoy wearing rings on your left hand.
Why the Left Hand?
First, let’s talk about some common reasons women choose to wear rings on their left hand in the first place.
As mentioned above, the most common reason is that they do not want to be flirted with.
Wearing a false wedding ring will usually deter men from asking them out or flirting with/harassing them.
We talked to a woman who worked at a fast-food restaurant for several months and had the problem of being flirted with multiple times daily.
To prevent this from happening, she bought a cheap, fake diamond ring from Walmart and wore it to work every day.
She rarely had a problem with being hit on after that!
If your goal is to avoid dating, wearing a ring on your left ring finger is a surefire way to be successful!
Sometimes, though, the explanation is a lot simpler.
A lot of women just enjoy wearing rings for sentimental or fashion reasons. Some women cannot fit certain rings on their right hand so they go for the left instead.
There are plenty of reasons for wearing rings on the left hand and all of them are acceptable and valid!
Rings are eye-catching accessories that really can be worn on any finger.
In fact, there are dozens of variations on wedding rings in general, several of which involve wearing the wedding ring on a different hand and/or different finger.
However, you’re probably wondering what that has to do with women wearing rings on their left ring finger?
The point is that a ring on the left ring finger does not always mean marriage or engagement.
The left ring finger is always associated with marriage, but there is no actual written rule that says a wedding ring has to be worn on the left hand.
Nowadays, all that really matters is what the girl’s personal preference is and whatever feels the most significant to her and her husband or fiance.
General Assumptions: The Pros and Cons
Despite any variations on wedding rings or the left hand, there are still some general assumptions people are going to make about you if you are wearing a ring on your left ring finger.
These can be irritating if you don’t want to deal with them, so keep that in mind when you put your ring on.
First and foremost, people are obviously going to assume you are a married woman if you wear anything resembling a wedding ring on your left ring finger.
As mentioned above, this is not always a bad thing. For those who do not want to be harassed or flirted with, this provides a great “escape route” out of any flirtatious situation.
This is also a fine option for people who are just not interested in dating or love life in general.
Obviously, you don’t have to date if you don’t want to no matter what, but wearing a false ring will definitely be an easy way to keep men at bay.
On the other hand, if your goal is not to “ward off” potential suitors, but you enjoy wearing rings on your left ring finger, this assumption that you are taken could start to get old.
To avoid this, you can either just stop wearing rings, or be very forward about not being married.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, people often assume that women who are not wearing rings are single and completely unattached.
This assumption is not always true. A lot of women do not wear their wedding rings 24/7 due to a hobby or profession that might be dangerous or dirty.
A woman who is an EMT, for example, might worry about damaging or losing her ring because her job is fast-paced and hands-on.
In situations like this, women often choose not to wear their wedding rings daily.
Instead, they may leave their rings at home until they’re done with work, or even wear the rings on a chain around their neck.
Does everybody take this into account? Unfortunately not.
If you wear rings on your left hand without being married (or vice versa), chances are, you are going to have to brace yourself for questions and be prepared to give explanations.
Though the above might be true, keep in mind that other people’s assumptions do not need to deter you from doing what feels right.
You can wear rings on any finger you want, and never mind what anybody else thinks.
As mentioned above, wedding rings are not always strictly worn on the designated left ring finger.
In some cultures, the wedding band is worn on the right ring finger instead.
In other cultures, such as Jewish culture, the wedding band is often worn on the right or left index finger.
In certain countries, such as the Netherlands or Germany, the ring is sometimes switched to the left hand from the right hand after the wedding ceremony.
What most people do not realize is that nowadays you cannot assume one’s status just by looking at their hands.
In the US especially, yes a ring on the left ring finger usually means attachment.
However, as we’ve discussed, that is not always true, just as the lack of a ring does not always mean a woman is available.
What it really comes down to now is whether you are willing to change your ring-wearing to better send the message you want to send.
Conversely, if a guy wants to know you badly enough, he ought to be willing to ask the potentially deal-breaking question first.