Engagement and wedding rings on the annular: a Roman tradition

The wedding ring tradition began in ancient Rome: in the I century A.C., Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis wrote that, during wedding celebration, the fiancé put an gold-plated iron ring (or a pure gold ring) on “the finger close to the little finger on the left hand”.

The choice of the finger was not random: within the annular, as Aulus Gellius said, “there was a very thin nerve that ties the annular finger with the heart. It is convenient to wear the wedding ring on this finger because of the strong connection between it and the main organ”.

A curiosity: the wedding ring is usually worn on the left hand. But in Eastern Europe and in Spain it is common to wear it at the right hand.

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