Finger rings are one of the most accessible forms of jewelry for men. They can communicate a lot about a man’s status and interests, whether that be a ring to show you’re off the market, an allegiance to a particular club, or even just that you graduated from a certain university. But what many people don’t realize is that there are some specific rules when it comes to the fingers on which a ring can be worn. Each of the fingers on the hand has different cultural, traditional and mystical associations, which can influence what the ring means and how it is worn.
The index finger is considered the masculine finger, and it reflects confidence and power. It’s also believed that the finger is controlled by Mercury which symbolizes intelligence, institution, communication and persuasion. The most common choice of ring for this finger is a signet ring, a type of ring that is typically worn by royalty or high-level business professionals to indicate their rank and status.
While it’s not as prominent as the ring finger, the middle finger also has its own significance. It relates to balance and responsibility, and it is believed that this finger connects directly to the heart. This makes it a natural place for rings that imply commitment and devotion, especially wedding bands.
Although the pinky finger doesn’t have much of a history in terms of symbolism, it can still make for a subtle statement. Traditionally, men wear a ring on their left pinky to display a family crest, showing their ties to the old world and their lineage. More recently, this has also become a popular place to wear a ring that signifies mafia ties or gang connections.
While these traditions aren’t necessarily universal, they do provide a frame of reference that can be helpful in deciding what kind of ring to wear and on which finger. However, men are encouraged to determine what works best for them and their personal style. It is also important to note that wearing a ring on the wrong finger can lead to injury, particularly when it’s made from a sturdy material that fully encircles the digit and catches onto something immovable like machinery or a hard surface. This can cause the ring to be dislodged, and it could result in serious damage such as degloving or amputation of the finger. This is why it’s recommended to avoid wearing a ring while engaging in activities that might cause the fingers to swell, such as physical exertion or long periods of time sitting down.