The Symbolic Meaning Behind Rings and Fingers


Have you ever wondered what wearing jewellery says about you? And we’re not talking about the usual big personality vs small personality dribble. We’re talking, spiritually, mystically and cosmically. More specifically we’re talking about the hidden meaning behind what fingers you wear your rings on.  

I'm sure you never really thought about the meaning of the fingers on your hand, but you might be surprised to learn that wearing rings on certain fingers isn’t a new topic. 

Before rings, there were finger tattoos that were worn by early humans (before 10 000 BC) because people believed that wearing these symbols gave them power over life and then death itself!

In ancient times, the significance was on a person's hands rather than their feet. This is because people would swear to an oath by grabbing another person's hand and holding up one of their own in the air while doing so. 

The act of choosing your fingers for rings might be more significant than what meets the eye. We've compiled our favourite meanings, by taking into consideration the mystical and spiritual beliefs as well as modern interpretations found throughout pop culture!

To start, don't worry about right hand vs. left-hand rules. As far as symbolism goes, the right hand is generally seen as the “physical” hand — the active, dominant one that makes most of your gestures. The left is thought of as the “mental” hand, representing your character and beliefs. However, if you're a left-handed man, it would be the reverse. Therefore ignore those concepts and let's just focus on the fingers. 

Journal of Jian wearing The Envy and The Modest

The Little Pinky - A statement for the bold man.  Wearing a ring on your pinky can be traced back to the Mafia. Men in the Mafia use to wear a signet ring on their pinky finger to indicate their affiliation with certain organisations. The pinky ring was usually worn on the left-hand pinky finger and was adorned by a certain gemstone or crest. Nowadays the pinky ring is more of a statement piece. For the man who wants to stand out. 

If we delve a bit deeper, the little finger is a symbol of intelligence and persuasion. It represents Mercury, which was (for obvious reasons) associated with the element of mercury, which stands for intelligence, communication, persuasion, and intuition. 

For pinky, we recommend The Envy 

The Ring Finger - Stating the obvious, the ring finger has its name for a reason - a symbol of marital status, commitment, or chastity. One might say it's the ‘Love’ finger as it’s been mostly associated with romance throughout history. 

Symbolically, the ring finger is associated with Earth's moon, creativity, and beauty. The moon's metal is silver, making silver rings a natural choice for rings worn on the fourth finger. 

For the ring finger, we recommend going for The Modest

Recycled 925 Silver Ring

The Middle Finger -   Apart from the commonly used hand gesture, the middle finger is a bold choice for a ring. It stands out, adorned front and centre. 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 grey metals like steel are common to middle finger choices. 

For the middle finger, we recommend Poseidon's MistressThe Godfather, or The Howlite Trader. 

The Index Finger - There's a natural instinct to keep the pointer finger clear since we use it more than any others (except the thumb). 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. 

The perfect finger to wear The Sunwalker, or The Solywoda. 

Considering the above, it makes sense that the astrological association for the pointer finger is Jupiter, which symbolises self-confidence, leadership, ambition, and spirituality

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. 

And lastly...

The Thumb - A finger with the least interesting meaning if we’re being honest. The thumb is the only finger that isn’t associated with a Greek god, however wearing a finger on the thumb is said to represent self-assertion, willpower and royalty. It has a sort of outlandish feel to it and is strange without the accompaniment of other rings. 

We recommend The Blank or The Cherry Bomb.  

So knowing what you know now… how will you wear your rings? 

Drop a comment below and tell us if this has changed your opinion, or if you’ve been channelling the spiritual, mystical and cosmical powers of your rings without even realising it!?

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