Men and Ring
Are you a man that love rings or you love to put ring on any finger of your hand but you don’t know what it might translate to in the eyes of the people?
Do you often see people wear ring in different fingers of their hand but you don’t know what it means?
Maybe in your own case, you don’t even know the rings, the hand and the finger it’s being worn have any meaning. You are welcome aboard.
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Ring wearing rules
Actually, no rule says you can’t wear your ring as you wish. Culturally and traditionally we’ve all stuck to what we got and believe in.
For instance, in America most of their men will wear their wedding
band on their left ring finger. And many other people also do same these days. But in other climes, their married men put the ring on their right hand instead. Married men in Eastern Orthodox Church, for example, their married men put wedding ring on the right hand.
The maximum number of rings a guy should wear depend on the rings. Generally, you won’t wear more than one on any given finger. Exceptional case is when you see clusters of four or five wire-thin bands that are meant to be worn together.
But assuming only one ring per finger, two or three spread out across both hands is usually a safe at most and that will give you some striking attentions from people. If you don’t like drama, you may stay off this.
Quality over quantity.
Single bold ring in one hand that makes a powerful ‘statement’ is better for a man. Or else, just stick to your wedding band and you are good to go.
Concerning what it symbolizes, the right hand, the active and the dominant is the one that makes most of the gestures. The left is thought of as the “mental” hand, representing your character and beliefs.
Meanwhile, left hand man’s understanding of the symbolism matter about the most active hand or the mental hand, the character and belief is different from right hand man.
1. The Little (Pinky) Finger
Study shows that putting ring on this finger every night and especially 30 minutes before bed can stop or reduce snoring. The study is linked to the Chinese technique of acupressure.
Pinky ring is an eye-popping statement ring. No religious or cultural associations is attached to it in most cultures, unlike the ring finger. As a result, pinky rings tend to be among the “active” or flashiest of designs. It’s where you wear things when you want attention paid to them.
People who like astrological or palmistry-related symbolism will associate the littler finger with intelligence and persuasion. It represents Mercury.
2. The Fourth (Ring) Finger
This is the finger associated with wedding symbolism. A band on the right fourth finger indicates engagement, while a band on the left fourth finger indicates marriage.
That being said, nearly all men opt for a simple gold or silver band for
their wedding/engagement rings. A large ring with a jewel or a three-dimensional design on it is far less likely to be taken for something related to your marital status.
That’s not to say that people don’t wear some very strange and artistic things as wedding bands, from time to time, but it’s not the cultural norm. A distinctively decorative ring on the fourth finger probably won’t be assumed to be a wedding or engagement ring, while a plain metal band or one with minor, same-tone etchings or designs probably will be.
Symbolically, the ring finger is associated with Earth’s moon, creativity, and beauty, as well as its obvious associations with romantic relationships. The moon’s metal is silver, making silver rings a natural choice for non-wedding-related rings worn on the fourth finger.
3. The Middle Finger
Apart from the obvious hand gesture, the middle finger is your largest, boldest finger. Rings worn on the middle finger are surprisingly uncommon — in part, that’s because it’s adjacent to the index finger, and anything bulky can be quite a hindrance to fine manual tasks. It’s best to keep things small and simple if you’re wearing them on your middle finger.
A lot of first-time ring-wearers might feel more comfortable with the middle finger, purely because if feels so central, sturdy, and frankly, “manly.” If the idea of a pinky ring weirds you out, and you don’t want any confusion with wedding/engagement symbolism, the middle finger is a safe default.
Because of its central location, the middle finger is held to symbolize balance and responsibility, and is associated with Saturn. Since Saturn’s metal is lead, simple gray metals like steel are common middle finger choices.
4. The Index or Pointer Finger
There’s a natural instinct to keep the pointer finger clear, since we use it more than any other digit (except the thumb), but it turns out that a ring on the finger doesn’t interfere with it as much as one on the finger next to it.
If you go back hundreds of years the index finger was the most common location for a man’s ring (generally a signet or a Crest — in some parts of Europe, people below a certain rank were actually forbidden from wearing rings, because they denoted specific family status).
That makes the index finger a good place for things like class rings, fraternal rings, or family and membership crests, although many men (especially younger, unmarried men) opt for the ring finger out of habit instead.
Anything that you want to be used frequently and emphatically
in your gestures can go on the index finger. It’s not as dramatically isolated as something on the outer digits (thumb and pinky), but its prominence in our basic manual dexterity makes it noticeable.
The astrological association for the pointer finger is Jupiter. It symbolizes power, leadership, and authority. The metal association is tin, which you won’t find many rings made out of, but bright silver tones are a normal choice for the index finger.
5. The Thumb
Thumb gestures are associated with interaction and friendship. That’s why you hear, “thumbs up”
In most societies a thumb ring on a man is a sign of wealth or influence, and they tend to be broad or bulky to reflect that (also to fit comfortably on the thumb, of course).
A thumb ring is also often the natural choice for men who want to wear multiple rings on the same hand, since it’s at least somewhat distanced from the others.
A wedding band plus a pinky or middle finger ring can get quite crowded, both visually and physically, whereas a thumb ring gives everything some space.
Wear a ring that you want people to like — big and chunky is fine, but nothing incredibly gaudy or expensive-looking. It’s already going to be bigger than most rings, so if the design is extravagant as well it just becomes this massive anchor dragging your hand down. Keep it bold but simple.
The thumb doesn’t have an astrological association, but in classic mythology, it was believed to be an indicator of character: strong, straight thumbs meant an authoritative personality, while crooked ones were seen as a sign of wickedness or dishonesty.
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