8 Wedding Ring Myths & Superstitions

8 Wedding Ring Myths & Superstitions

Dropping the Wedding Ring during the ceremony shakes out the evil spirits is just one of many Wedding Ring myths. Do you believe them?

When it comes to one of the most important and personal pieces of jewellery any person could have, a wedding ring is right up there alongside an engagement ring. Wedding rings not only signify love and commitment, but this ring has more than its fair share of myths and superstitions.

What does it mean when you have an itchy wedding ring finger? Why is the wedding ring worn on the third finger? Can a wedding ring determine the gender of your unborn child? These wedding myths and superstitions have been shared among generations of families for centuries. Whatever superstitions and myths that you hold, we’ve highlighted some of the most common wedding myths and superstitions held by people. 

Some wedding ring superstitions may turn out to be true, while others simply don’t exist.

1.What Does It Mean When Your Wedding Ring Falls Off?

A wedding ring that is too loose could mean a parting of ways through a careless act of forgetfulness. This particular superstition looks at the lack of care and attention which has gone into the buying of the rings. By not making sure the ring is a perfect fit, it shows complacency and being slightly forgetful, thus resulting in the parting of two "supposed" loved ones.

2.Can a Wedding Ring Determine the Gender of Your Unborn Child?

Probably one of the most peculiar wedding ring myths. This old wives tale suggests that if you tie some thread to a yellow gold wedding ring and dangle it over your bump, it's thought to determine the sex of your unborn child. If the ring swings back and forth your baby is going to be a boy and if it swings around in a circle then it is a girl.

3.What Does It Mean if Your Wedding Ring is Too Tight?

Similar to the previous myth, if the ring is too tight and simply doesn't fit, it is thought to be a clear indication that there are straints on your relationship. It is believed that a tight wedding ring points to painful jealousy, or the stifling of one party by the other.

4.What Does It Mean if You Drop Your Wedding Ring During the Ceremony?

This myth has been associated with wedding rings for many years. If the wedding ring is dropped by either the bride or groom on their wedding day, then it is thought to shake and release evil and negative spirits. By releasing these evil spirits, it is thought to cleanse the aura of the couple and allow for a long and harmonious future of love. So perhaps it is best to drop your wedding ring on your special day to bring good fortune to you and your loved one!

5.Why is the Wedding Ring Worn on the Third Finger?

This myth has been around long since marital tradition. The ring is worn on the third finger as ancient Greek physicians believed that it contains a vein which runs directly to your heart, symbolising eternal love. However, if you ask any medical professional they will inform you that there is no conclusive evidence that there is a vein that flows directly to the heart from any of the fingers.

It may have started as a myth, but it is now one of the most important wedding traditions to this day.

6.Why Are Gold and Silver Traditionally the Most Common Metal for Wedding Rings?

It is thought that a gold or silver wedding ring displays complete trust and faith of a loved one through gifting your partner with something valuable. In the past, this led to the giving of a key shaped ring to the bride when they arrived at their new/current marital abode.

7.What Does It Mean if Your Wedding Ring Breaks?

A commonly broken wedding ring meaning believed by many is the end of marriage through the loss of a husband. If it happens to fall off or break, it is believed that the husband must be the one to place it back on your finger.

8.What Does It Mean When Your Ring Finger Itches? 

The left ring finger has long been synonymous with love and marriage. When you begin to experience left ring finger itching, it is believed that you are soon to get engaged or married. An itchy ring finger could also mean that your future spouse or fiance is looking for you, which could spark a significant development in your love life.

As wedding rings are placed on the fourth finger of your left hand, an itchy ring finger signals that you are about to tie the knot with your fiance. Having an itchy ring finger can be a useful signal in knowing what is going to happen next with your love life, whether it's an engagement or marriage.

Those were just a few of the many wedding ring myths and superstitions which have been gracing marriages for many years. Some may be completely out of the ordinary and outrageous, but one thing is for certain: wearing a wedding ring symbolises true love for one another.

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Want to know some more ring orientated stories and myths?  Find out Why We Wear Engagement Rings.