A ring can say a lot about a person, but where that person places the ring may also make a statement. Each finger has a different character, offering a subtle shading to the rings used to adorn it. For example, some say that rings worn on the index finger suggest power and authority.
According to Wellstone Jewelry, a broker of rings, a ring on the index finger tends to emphasize personal attributes such as leadership, ambition, and self-confidence. Additionally, it's said that wearers often energetically pursue financial gain.
The fashion and style website Mayvelous suggests that the index finger connotes authority, noting that it can be used to demonstrate disapproval with a wag, indicate direction of commands by pointing and emphasize a point. Given the index finger's connection to leadership and ambition, Mayvelous proposes that these characteristics may be present in a person who chooses to wear a ring on that finger.
Rings placed on the index finger can have several functions: adornment, an affiliation with a particular organization or group or an indication of wealth or class.
Placing a ring on a certain finger, be it the index finger or otherwise, seldom offers a direct message or code. Although wearing a certain type of ring on the index finger may hold a surreptitious message in certain cultures or societies, in the United States, there's no overt significance.
The meaning of a ring on an index finger is typically culturally specific: what it may mean in one place to one people may not hold true for everyone. Consideration should also be given to what type of ring is placed on the index finger. For example, couples who are separated or going through a divorce may not take off their wedding ring but will move it to another finger instead.
Michael Wolfe has been writing and editing since 2005, with a background including both business and creative writing. He has worked as a reporter for a community newspaper in New York City and a federal policy newsletter in Washington, D.C. Wolfe holds a B.A. in art history and is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.