(A beautiful statement Vilandi ring; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
Traditional finger rings are made of precious metals like gold, silver or white gold (which is said to burn a smaller hole in your pocket as compared to gold), studded with precious gemstones, carved in the precious metal it is made of or they are simple bands that go on the ring finger.
(Statement ring; image courtesy of Narayan Jewellers.)
The ring finger is the fourth finger, next to the pinkie a.k.a the little finger. The belief is that a vein runs from this finger straight to the heart; this connection marks the significance of wearing engagement or wedding bands on the ring finger in most cultures. Having said that, there are some cultures in which there is no particular finger on which the ring is to be worn and in certain cultures, the right hand is considered auspicious hence it becomes the ring bearing hand.
(Aishwarya Rai with a statement ring on her finger in a still from Jodha Akbar; image courtesy of Pinterest.)
As per Indian customs, certain gemstones are to be worn solely on the corresponding finger and this is with regard to the astrological belief system. The nine planetary gemstones are the Blue Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire (index finger), Red Coral (ring finger), Ruby, Emerald (little finger), Hessonite (middle finger), Diamond, Pearl (little finger) and the Cat’s Eye (little finger).
Wedding rings are most often ornately embellished although modern brides also tend to select designs that suggest minimalism and simplicity are in vogue.