By Rashim Nabanja
Both wedding and engagement rings represent marriage in some way. The finger on which the ring is worn shows whether you are married or soon to be married (engaged).
When it comes to religion, Muslims are not allowed to wear an engagement or wedding ring, especially because may accompany it with a belief that not wearing one any more is a sign that the relationship has been terminated.
However, when it comes to Christianity, a ring is a way of sealing off a relationship between a man and a woman. It is supposed to be worn all the time and if taken off under unexplainable circumstances, it usually means the relationship has ended.
The difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring
The engagement ring
According to Ronald Ekuka of Greycia Jewellery store, an engagement ring is a ring that a man uses to ask for a woman’s hand in marriage or propose.
If the woman accepts the man’s proposal, he then puts the ring on her left middle finger. That means she is now engaged to him.
Ekuka adds that the engagement ring is only worn by a lady since it is a man that is asking for her hand in marriage and after the engagement is done, they are now two people intending to be married in the near future.
Engagement rings come in a variety of types with different designs and they usually have a sparkling stone or diamond on them.
The wedding ring
Wedding rings, on the other hand, are worn by a married couple but and come in pairs, one for the man and one for the woman. They are exchanged on the wedding in church as a couple exchange their vows.
Ekuka explains that the man puts the wedding ring on the lady’s second finger on the left hand and the lady also puts the ring on the man’s left second finger. Here, they have sealed off their relationship and have now become husband and wife.
Do you wear your engagement ring when you walk down the aisle?
According to Ekuka, the lady will still wear her engagement ring on the middle finger as she walks down the aisle. After the wedding, she then has to shift the engagement ring to her wedding ring finger combining it with the wedding ring.
This means that the lady will wear two rings, the engagement ring and wedding, both on the same finger while for the groom, it is just one, the wedding ring.
When should one take off their wedding ring?
Since wedding rings are a symbol of marriage, they need to be worn all the time. Traditionally, Ekuka says, it is never to be removed at any single moment as it is believed that one could be cheating if they took it off.
Removing an engagement ring could also be a sign that the couple has broken off the engagement and they are no longer married.
However, it is highly recommended to take your ring off while going to sleep since it may get a little uncomfortable especially if you are not used to wearing it.
Jaqline Nalujja, a business woman in Gayaza says she often takes off her ring whenever she is going to shower or do some chores in order to prevent it from fading. She however adds that she often misplaces it when she takes it off which is why she would strongly advise people that are like her to at least have a permanent place to keep it so that they can easily remember where they left it when it was taken off.
Taking your ring off while showering, doing laundry and any other chores are also recommended because it helps the ring last long in good condition and avoids trapping dirt under your fingers. It will also help you to avoid injuring your figure or leaving a mark around it.
Do the prices differ?
Since engagement rings have more designs on them for example a diamond stone, Ekuka says this makes them generally more expensive compared to the wedding rings. Wedding rings however also differ in prices basing on the materials and minerals used in manufacturing them.