Sometimes I get questions from men asking about a Russian or Ukrainian girl they have been talking to online through a dating site or in real life, who is wearing a ring on her left hand on the finger next to pinky. In western cultures of the USA, UK, and Australia it is the official “ring finger” and a jewellery item on it means the lady is married or engaged.
A ring on the “ring finger” on a hand of a Russian or Ukrainian girl: Does it mean she is married?
However, in Russia and Ukraine the meaning of a jewellery item on this finger is different. It actually means absolutely nothing if a lady wears a solitaire ring on her left hand on the finger next to pinky. It’s just an ornament.
Russian wedding rings are worn on the RIGHT hand
Traditionally Russians and Ukrainians were wearing a plain gold band on the right hand (in the same position as westerners use on the left hand) as the sign of being married. There were no engagement rings, only wedding bands.
It was not necessary for a Russian guy to have a little jewellery box when he offered his girlfriend to marry him. Even now, many guys do it by simply buying the lady a bunch of flowers rather than an expensive piece made of precious metals. However, some young Russians follow the western tradition and offer a prospective bride a costly metal circle with a diamond.
The rings the couple exchanges at their wedding ceremony as the sign of their eternal love are usually plain gold bands. Although girls love to have a little diamond to be encrusted in it. But some local couples on tight budgets get the cheapest available offerings in traditional, no bling designs.
What about Slavic girls living in western countries?
Ukrainian and Russian women living in the USA, Australia, Canada, or UK may not follow local customs of what a solitaire diamond piece in this position means. They could still follow their local traditions, especially if they moved recently.
- Ladies married to Russian men would probably obey Slavic rules.
- However, a Ukrainian or Slavic woman in a relationship with a western man will most likely display the correct marriage utility on her left hand.
So, if the lady you like lives abroad, you won’t know until you ask her directly (or ask people who know her) what her marital status is. She may be married or single. A golden circle with a stone could mean nothing.
The rule here: If in doubt, simply ask!