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THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE CUSTOMS CONCERNING THE BRIDE'S
RING. THE BRIDE'S RING IS PLAIN WITH NO DIAMONDS. THE
RING IS PLACED ON THE FOREFINGER OF THE LEFT HAND.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT AND HER FRIENDS HAVE ALWAYS PRACTICED
THIS CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 11-11-1971

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WEDDING RING IS WORN ON FOURTH FINGER OF LEFT HAND,
BECAUSE THERE IS AN ARTERY HERE WHICH LEADS TO THE
HEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 04-01-1970

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THE WEDDING RING IS WORN ON THE LEFT HAND, THIRD
FINGER, BECAUSE THE ANCIENTS BELIEVED THERE WAS A
VEIN IN THAT FINGER THAT LED DIRECTLY TO THE HEART.
A RING ON THAT FINGER SYMBOLIZED THE LOVE IN A
PERSON'S HEART FOR HIS PARTNER.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 10-06-1969

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THE WEDDING RING IS CUSTOMARILY WORN ON THE THIRD
FINGER OF THE LEFT HAND IN ITALY. THE ENGAGEMENT
RING IS GENERALLY NOT A DIAMOND, BUT SOME OTHER
PRECIOUS STONE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ITALY ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 00001968 FALL

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THE WEDDING RING IS PLACED ON THE GIRLS' LEFT
(FINGER) HAND BECAUSE THE VEIN IN THE LEFT FINGER
LEADS DIRECTLY TO THE HEART.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 11-14-1969

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GERMAN WEDDING CUSTOM

THE WEDDING RINGS IN GERMAN MARRIAGES ARE PLAIN GOLD
BANDS, NEVER DIAMONDS. THEY ARE PLACED ON THE RIGHT
HAND INSTEAD OF THE LEFT AND IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT
THE MAN WEARS A RING THAN THE WOMAN.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS CUSTOM FROM HIS GERMAN
PARENTS AS A YOUNG BOY IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN, WHICH IS
A STRONGLY GERMAN COMMUNITY. THESE CUSTOMS WHICH ARE
ALMOST THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF AMERICAN ONES, ARE NOT
PRACTICED TO A GREAT EXTENT IN AMERICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GERMANY ; OWOSSO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Worn on left hand

Date learned: 12-22-1963

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