Wedding Traditions: Origin of the Ring Finger?


Why do people wear wedding rings on their fourth finger, next to the pinky? Is there any historical significance behind this?


The Western tradition of the "ring finger" began with the Romans, who believed that the fourth finger was connected directly to the heart by a vein called "the vein of love." For this reason, the fourth finger of the left hand has been adopted through the ages as the ideal place for the wedding ring.

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