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Tradition: Why a Ring in the Left Hand?

And Not a Loop ora  Necklace?


Several meanings can explain this tradition.


For some, this legacy comes from a legend which states that the left annulus is on the The Vena Amoris, the "Vein of Love" that leads straight to the heart. At time, it seemed coherent for people in love to slide a ring, made of iron or terracotta, as a pledge of immortal love at the moment of union. The circular shape symbolizes the cycle of life and eternity. For others, this belief originates from the Christian religious ceremony, in the 17th century, when the priest touched the fingers of the hand and blessed them. Other sources would say that the alliance goes back to the Greeks who, in Antiquity, used to tie a rope at the level of the belt.