A ring is simply a flat, circular band, typically made of precious metal, worn as decorative jewelry. The word “ring” itself, by itself, always refers to jewelry worn on just one finger; the same band is used as an ornament elsewhere, e.g. earrings, ankle rings, wrist rings, finger rings, etc. Rings can also be worn on both hands (two rings on each hand), and some rings are made with additional ornate designs. The term “wedding ring” is often used to refer to a ring used as a wedding band; other types of wedding bands are called “non-wedding” rings since they are worn after a wedding ceremony and therefore do not have any special significance or connections to the couple.
Many people wear multiple rings at once, so much so that the first ring may accidentally slip from the finger while the rest of the rings stay in place. This is known as the “ring rule”. When two rings are worn together, it is often difficult to see that ring is actually on which finger, especially for women. Because of this, many brides and grooms will purchase several rings at different times, until the absolute one is found that fits best.
There is another reason why some people may have more than one ring on their finger at once. Some cultures wear an ornamental item on each of their fingers, or on only one finger. Examples of these cultural rings include Chinese chopsticks, and Native American totepads. In the United States, Native American rings are typically worn on either the right hand or left hand. Either way, most men will wear one of their rings on the left hand and perhaps one of their bracelets on the right hand.
Another popular method of wearing multiple rings is with the use of thumb rings (also known as pinky rings). The thumb ring (or pinky ring) is a simple band of metal that fits over the knuckle of the pinky finger. Pinky fingers are usually designated with three digits (for the thinnest finger) in order to avoid the “ring finger” syndrome that can occur when wearing several rings on the same finger. Pinky rings are available in many styles and types. They are typically made of gold or some other precious metal and decorated with jewels.
The thumb ring (or pinky ring) is just one example of how a man might wear multiple rings on his fingers simultaneously. A lot of couples do this, especially when they are both working. In order to make their partner aware of where their rings are located, a lot of grooms will put their thumb rings on either the left hand or right hand.
If you are a woman, you should realize that there are a lot of benefits to wearing your rings on the opposite (or the opposite sex) hand. First, if you are left handed, it is more convenient to wear your engagement ring on your right hand, because it will not move around so much when you are wearing it. It is also easier for your hand to feel the smooth metal of the ring through the clothing you are wearing. Wearing the ring on the opposite (or right hand) finger also has practical value. For men, they tend to leave their wedding rings on their left hand mostly because they do not like to wear it with a wedding ring on the right hand.