As you approvingly admire your engagement or wedding ring, perhaps even this bold blue tanzanite encircled by a 14kt gold band,you might wonder why are engagement and wedding rings placed on your fourth finger and why on the left hand at that?
To begin with, if you are discerning enough to own a Tanzanite ring, stud earrings or pendant with the pulsating color that only a Tanzanite gemstone emits, you will make a statement no matter which finger, ear, or toe you wore it on!
But one theory that has been put forth is that because a higher proportion of the world’s population is right-handed, then jewelry would statistically survive longer on the left hand. Less movement of the left hand would mean less contact with foreign objects that could dent a gemstone or scratch the soft metal of a gold ring itself.
That sounds like a logical but not a very romantic theory. And it still doesn’t answer why the 4th finger?
From ancient Rome, there may be a simpler, more heartwarming reason: that particular finger was believed to have a vein, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ which flowed directly to the heart.
Unfortunately, modern medicine has since disputed that such a vein exists, but no one can dispute the “I Love You Forever” emotion that you will feel every time you look at your gold encircled Tanzanite engagement or wedding ring.
Tanzanite Ring Energy Goes Straight to Your Heart
Describing the possible derivation of the 4th finger of the left hand for engagement and wedding ring jewelry in our last post, we pointed to the tradition coming from the ancient Romans. But there’s more to the story when it comes to the meaning of gemstone colors— and that involves yet another ancient culture. Would you be interested in knowing what the blue of your Tanzanite ring means?
Then continue on a color filled journey of gemstones.
Jewelry is pretty, it has value be it gold, diamond or Tanzanite, and according to Brides.com the ancient Egyptians firmly held to the belief that gemstones were conduits of certain energies and by placing those gemstones of colors on a wedding ring, you were inviting those energies to not only enter your life but also your marriage.
What do the colors signify? First and foremost, let’s explore what a blue Tanzanite ring such as this would represent.
As you know, this gemstone is so rare that to date it has only been found in a single mine in Tanzania, Africa. It is also rare because Tanzanite is a pleochroic gem, meaning you will see different color variations, alternately sapphire blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation
Sounds like something from a fairytale, doesn’t it. It has been called the “stone of magic” and wearing it on your ring finger means your life together will be a real life fairytale.
What more could you ask for a ring
When selecting Tanzanite for an engagement or wedding ring— or for that matter a pendant or earring studs– keep in mind that it not only is an affordable gemstone but will also represent the emotional investment a loved one has made in the mutual growth of your relationship.