What Is the Meaning of Rings on the Left & Right Hands?

Updated February 21, 2017

People wear rings on a variety of fingers, but many people do not know the significance of most of these positions. Some are more well known than others, but most people likely just slide a ring on a particular finger without much thought. The reality is that there is a difference in the minds of some people.

Right and Left Hands

For those who are right-handed, the right hand is the active hand and the left hand the receptive hand. So a ring worn on the left hand symbolises that we are receiving or taking in the qualities indicated by a ring on a particular finger. A ring worn on the right hand means a person is giving or sharing the quality associated with a particular finger. The opposite is true for left-handed people.

Index Finger

Wearing a ring on the index finger symbolises self-confidence, ambition, leadership or spirituality. An individual in an executive role or who wishes to exude self-confidence should then wear a ring on her right index finger.

Ring Finger

The ring finger is so named because it is typically where people wear their wedding ring. This finger represents creativity, love, beauty and self-expression. Worn on the left hand, a ring symbolises the receiving of an expression of love from someone with whom the person is in a romantic relationship. The wedding ring naturally fits into this category. Although technically a left-handed person should wear this ring on the right hand, tradition has overridden this custom in most cases.


The pinky ring represents quick intelligence, intuition and the ability to communicate. This finger is symbolic of the way you give and receive information and how sensitive you are to the signals around you. A ring on the pinky finger can also indicate a tendency to be somewhat of a con artist and someone who gets easily carried away. A pinky-finger wearer may not always be the most trustworthy person in the room.


The thumb is a unique and very necessary digit, so wearing a ring on it may not always be the best idea. However, wearing a ring on this finger represents the quality of will. Nonetheless, wearing a ring on a thumb for an extended period of time is not recommended.

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About the Author

Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.