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Promise Ring Right or Left

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

My boyfriend gave me a promise ring and I gave him one as well. We figured we were too young to get engaged, so this was the best way to show we want to spend the rest of our lives together. The only problem is we don't know for sure which finger the ring should go on. Should we both wear it on our wedding finger? But, would everyone think that we are engaged?


Curious girlfriend

Dear Curious girlfriend,

A promise ring can be worn on the right or left hand depending on the intent. It is very important to communicate with your boyfriend and agree on the meaning given the promise ring.

Between couples, a promise ring can symbolize a variety of meanings ranging from best friends to a pre-engagement ring with the intention to marry in the future. If you truly feel that you want to spend the rest of your lives together, then wearing the promise ring on the ring finger of the left hand indicates that you have made a significant commitment to each other.

Promise rings worn on the right hand can symbolize that you are best friends, love each other, will be faithful, but make no other future marriage commitment.