In Ireland, the engagement ring should go on the fourth finger of the left hand (the ring finger). This is because in Roman times, the vein running through that finger was thought to run directly to the heart – it was called ‘Vena Amoris’ – the ‘Vein of Love’. The truth is the vein doesn’t go directly to the heart but the tradition remains.
Some same-sex couples choose to wear their rings on the right hand. This is because before same-sex marriage was widely available, having a ring on that finger was seen as a sign of being in a monogamous relationship.
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