On the Other Hand, Diamonds!

When a woman wears a diamond ring on her left hand, its significance is clear: She’s bound in holy matrimony or about to take the plunge. The custom developed from an ancient legend that a special nerve or vein runs from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart, and today’s sweethearts are reluctant to buck tradition. While the left hand is for pledges of betrothal, there’s nothing gauche about wearing a diamond ring on the right hand. For lucky folks born in April, it’s a birthstone ring. For the rest of us, it’s a ring that’s just for fun, one that sparkles at fancy parties and brilliantly reflects attention on the wearer. Although not matrimonial, right-hand diamond rings nonetheless may be symbolic, particularly those with three stones. “People associate three diamonds with the past, present, and future,” notes Joan Parker, director of the Diamond Informati
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