Where do you wear your ring? Do you wear it on your thumb? Index? Middle? Ring? Or the pinkie finger? Traditionally, we would opt to wear our rings on the ring finger, like for married couples, which denotes loyalty and love.
Thumb rings have been used since the 13th century. It was used as a piece of equipment used for protection and not as a piece of jewelry. Made from different types of materials, depending on its use and origin. Wearing of thumb rings also has different connotations. Some roots from a religious belief, while some traces back from the thumb's general characteristics. In some cultures, each finger denotes a different meaning regardless of the ring design. For example, wearing a ring on the middle finger represents balance, for it is located at the center of the five digits.
At present, thumb rings belong to the class of fashion accessories. It completes a look and adds a certain oomph on any outfits. Previously massive and bulky made for a bohemian, punk, and gothic look, but at present, thin and slender thumb rings adorned with brilliant crystals create a classy appeal.
- Sterling Silver Wave Thumb Ring For Women
Adorn your finger with this classically fashioned trendy wave design ring with a slim design for cozy wear. Seamlessly molded from 95.5% sterling silver base, hand buffed to a silky smooth glossy surface, a style that signifies your strength in facing the ups and downs of life. Buy from HERE
- Sterling Silver Blue Opal Wave Thumb Ring
Have a peek at this peaceful and serene wave thumb ring highlighted with an ocean blue and green prismatic color design. Hypoallergenic 925 sterling silver base with a flat inner surface for easy and smooth on and off wear. Wear this on any finger for a modern and current flair. Buy from HERE
- 3mm Silver Tungsten ring Thumb Ring
Featuring a simple and elegant thumb ring excellently designed from a robust tungsten carbide base. Sparkling dome top emphasized with a polished smooth and glossy surface to optimize and reflect light at its every turn. Built with a slender body for a comfortable fit. Get from HERE
- Plated Titanium 4mm Thumb Ring (5 Available Color)
Look hip and trendy, slim and classy thumb ring. Flawlessly prepared from a premium grade titanium alloy base. Lightweight and durable, a 4mm rounded ring uniquely constructed with a dome top for a comfortable fit. Heavy-duty and scratch-resistant, suitable for your daily wear. Get from HERE
- 8mm Red Dome Tungsten Carbide Ring (15 Available Size)
Show a passionate you with this remarkable fashion thumb ring, made from high-grade tungsten carbide ring. Superbly molded with a comfort-fit shank, with a dome shaped top. IP plated with a scratch and fade-resistant coat, polished to a slick and smooth surface. Get from HERE
- Sterling Silver Star Zirconia Thumb Ring (4 Available Size)
Wear this star-inspired thumb ring for a delicate and mystical flair. Featuring an incredibly detailed model of a start constellation fashioned with round-cut brilliant cubic zirconia crystals. Lustrous and smooth surface with a seamlessly connected to set of stars made from authentic 925 sterling silver. Get from HERE
- Sterling Silver Four Cubic Zirconia Wave Thumb Ring
Jump on the wave fashion wagon with this ultra-modern wave thumb ring. Distinctive flawless curve wave feature made classier with four brilliant circular-cut white cubic zirconia crystals. High fashion with silky smooth textures with a mirror-like polish. Slim design for easy and comfortable wear. Buy from HERE
- Sterling Silver Red Heart Crystal Open Ring
Go for a sweet lady look with this magnificent thumb ring made from high-grade sterling silver. Designed with an open end, stylized with round beaded engravings mimicking a channel pave appearance. A multifaceted red heart CZ, serving as a centerpiece, enclosed with a bezel setting. Get from HERE
- 8mm Curb Chain Stainless Fashion Ring (7 Available Size)
We present to you a high class and ultra-manly thumb ring for stylish men. Featuring a pipe-cut shank, made from a 316L stainless base, designed with a middle groove. Stylized with a thick curb chain inlay, hand-polished to a mirror-like finish. Hypoallergenic and stylish, suitable to wear with your casual ensemble. Get from HERE
- Stainless Steel Black Royal King Crown Thumb Ring
Fix your gaze on this incredibly detailed replica of a crown, fashioned to a gorgeous thumb ring specially made for men. Expertly designed from a jewelry-grade stainless steel alloy with fleur de Lis designed emphasized by a black plated backdrop. Highly masculine and trendy with a boss-like appeal. Buy from HERE
- 316L Stainless Steel Bike Motorcycle Chain Link Thumb Ring
Rock this biker-inspired thumb ring for men, a ring that features a realistic model of a motorcycle chain fashioned from high-grade stainless steel base. See the expertly assembled links and bolts design, finished with a silky smooth surface, a design made to emphasize your strong hand. Buy from HERE
- Black Opal Carbon Fiber Inlay Tungsten Carbide Ring (4 Available Size)
Look mysterious and elegant with this gorgeous 4mm ring, fashioned from a sturdy and tough-wearing tungsten carbide base. Polished with a sating smooth surface, accentuated with a flittering and colorful black opal carbon fiber inlay. Get from HERE
- Iced Cubic Zirconia Titanium Eternity Thumb Rings
Presenting this highly luxurious thumb ring made for the delicate feminine hands. Highlighting a heavily iced surface fashioned with a series of paved circular-cut bright cubic zirconia stones. Molded from a premium-quality titanium base with a slim 3mm wide shank. Durable and corrosion-resistant for worry-free everyday wear. Buy from HERE
- Stainless Steel Claddagh Thumb Ring for Men
Wear your heart on your thumb with this Irish inspired thumb ring for men. Gaze on the intricate carvings of two hands holding a crowned heart that symbolizes love and loyalty. Hypoallergenic Claddagh thumb ring characterized with a 15mm wide shank with sizes from 8–13. Buy from HERE
- Grim Reaper Death Skull Stainless Steel Thumb Ring
We bring you a broad and chilling, Goth inspired thumb ring for men. Introducing an eerie meticulous carving of a grim reaper with his scythe and black hooded robe emphasized by an understated black shadow on every hollow. Punk rock style depicts a strong, courageous character, able to face any foe head-on. Buy from HERE
- Black Pave Cubic Zirconia Black Titanium Eternity Thumb Ring
We offer you this extremely luxurious thumb ring made especially for the delicate feminine hands. Emphasizing a heavily iced surface fashioned with a series of paved circular-cut black cubic zirconia crystals. Shaped from a premium-quality black plated titanium base with a thin 6mm wide shank. Sleek and corrosion-resistant for worry-free everyday wear. Buy from HERE
- Sterling Silver Bee Flower Open Ring
- Chic 18K Rose Gold Stainless Steel Double Cross Thumb Ring
We give you this Christian inspired thumb ring for classy and religious women. Featuring two thin parallel bands with a Christian cross design concluding on a one-piece end. Nicely polished surface exhibiting a glossy and smooth surface made from stainless steel base plated with an 18K rose-gold color. Buy from HERE
- Stainless Steel Chrome Plated Black Ace of Spades Thumb Ring
Love poker? Then this thumb ring is perfect for you. We bring you a manly thumb ring made from a chrome-plated stainless steel alloy designed with a black-coated spade centerpiece. Smooth and shiny exterior with a semi-dome shaped design. Hypoallergenic and nonreactive made available from size 7 to size 14. Buy from HERE
- Black Branch Foliage Bird Black & Silver Ring (5 Available Size)
- Biker Gothic Stainless Steel Skeleton Bone Hand Thumb Ring
Featuring a thumb ring characterized by punk and gothic style. Highly detailed skeleton bone digits, each emphasized by black shadowed furrows countered by a highly lustrous and smooth exterior polish. Sturdy and scratch-resistant that fits your rough and tough aura and style. Buy from HERE
- Cross Bone Skull Crystal Stainless Ring (7 Available Size)
- Stainless Steel Antique Angel Wing Thumb Rings
Here comes a cool and trendy thumb ring for men. Molded from a stainless steel base, which features a meticulously carved angel wing that features divine feather carvings enhanced by black shadows. Featuring an open ring illusion for a fashionable and trendy flair. Hypoallergenic and scratch-resistant for long-lasting wear. Buy from HERE
- Unisex Stainless Steel Multi Skull Head Thumb Ring
Presenting a biker-inspired thumb ring for men and women. Featuring nine human skull designs in different sizes, highlighting one large skull centerpiece. Made from high-grade stainless steel base, available from sizes 8 to 14. Durable, scratch, and corrosion-resistant for long-lasting wear. Buy from HERE
- Channel Pave 6mm Titanium Thumb Ring (18 Available Size)
- 3mm Black Stainless Steel Bezel-Set Zirconia Ring (7 Available Size)
- 316L Stainless Steel Iced Leopard Open Ring
- High Polish Princess Cut Eternity Titanium Thumb Ring
Sophistication and elegance, this fabulous thumb ring would surely make heads turn. String and lightweight titanium base finished with a highly lustrous and smooth surface, paved with a series of process-cut bright cubic zirconia crystals that twinkles at its every move. Built with a slim design for daily comfortable wear. Buy from HERE
- 925 Sterling Silver Celtic Knot Thumb Ring
Featuring a lifetime of love and promise represented by this beautiful thumb ring. Impeccably fashioned from a 92.5% sterling silver base that features a Celtic knot design. Hand polished to a glossy and smooth texture. Hypoallergenic and fashionable for women that exudes elegance and class. Buy from HERE
- Sterling Silver Vintage Horseshoe Thumb Ring
For horse lovers, we give you this bulky horse inspired thumb ring for men. Featuring a Horseshoe centerpiece designed with gold plated geometric patterns. Full tapered sterling silver band with a tribal-inspired man carving on both sides. Attract luck where ever you go by wearing this highly masculine thumb ring for men. Buy from HERE
- Black Zirconia Cross Sterling Silver Ring (4 Available Size)
- Gold Serpent Colored Zirconia Fashion Ring (5 Available Size)
- Stainless Steel Double Snake Head Tribal Biker Open Thumb Ring
Be sleek like a snake, this double-headed thumb ring would surely give you a secure and courageous appeal. Beautifully etched snake scales on the two-headed surface serpent, made from a jewelry-grade stainless steel base. Made modern by the trendy open ring design for an up-to-the-minute look. Buy from HERE
- Sterling Silver Greek Key Ring (5 Available Size)
We bring you an old-fashioned Greek-inspired thumb ring made from a sterling silver base, a 7mm full band designed with hollow Greek-key cut out patterns. Polished to a gleaming surface exhibiting a vintage appeal. Get from HERE
- Sterling Silver Sugar Skull Engraved Open Ring
- Stainless Steel Skull Claw Open Ring (7 Available Size)
Here is a trendy and high fashion thumb ring biker Goth look. Featuring a detailed skull design paired with a splendid claw feature. Brilliantly made from 316L stainless steel, accentuated with black oxidized silver shadows. Hip and stylish, perfect to wear as a statement ring for an instant upgrade. Get from HERE
Before we dive in about thumbs rings, let us learn about the thumb forts to trace the different connotations of wearing a thumb ring.
The thumb or pollex is defined as the first digit of the hand and is the most used finger. It thick, short, and unique among all other fingers. It is composed of two bones connected by a single joint and the only digit that can go against other fingers in order to take hold of things, which gave its name as the opposable thumb. It might not be the strongest according to studies, but its capacity to work with other fingers to manipulate and grasp objects, making it the most useful among all the fingers.
Have you heard of the phrase under one's thumb? This phrase denotes that a person is under the control of the other. This phrase might have rooted from the ability of the thumb to influence things with the help of the other finger, whether it is the index, middle ring, or the smallest, the pinkie finger.
Thumb Finger Religious meaning
There is a passage in the book of Leviticus where the blood of the sacrificed ram was applied on Aaron's right ear, right thumb, and right toe. The thumb represents the hand while the hand signifies worship and service. Since the purpose of the sacrifice was for cleansing, the act of applying the blood on the thumb denotes cleansing of his past wrongdoings as well as blessing his hands to do pure acts of service according to the will of the Lord God.
Thumbs rings were formerly used in archery, worn for the sole purpose of protecting the thumb. It was made of leather, wood, and other materials. However, as time changes, so do the use. Two gold thumb rings that belonged to the late noble of Rui estate was found to exhibit a modern pattern, it was thought to be an item or decoration. A metal base thumb ring is not flexible enough to be used for archery and was said to result in an inaccurate shot. The thumb ring was also used for execution. The ring was used to tauten the handkerchief used to strangle a condemned official.
Thumb Ring Symbolism
In general, the thumb demotes strength, wealth, and influence. This is why most thumb rings are quite massive in size. The thumb is supposed to amplify the look of the thumb for a thick, strong thumb denotes authority; a thin thumb indicates weakness, while crooked thumbs reflect mischief.
In the 16th century, Celtic Gaul's and Britons used were symbols of their job. Ring on the thumb is for doctors. Rings on the index ring for traders, middle ring for chumps, ring finger for learners, and pinkie ring for lovers.
Most kings and emperors would wear a thumb ring adorned with precious gems or made of precious jadeite. The larger the ring, the more influential the ruler is.
According to Chinese philosophy, the left thumb symbolized the yin (firmness) while the right thumb represents the yang (flexible nature). Wearing thumb rings on both fingers denote balance ion life.
Personal Sense of Style
Men and women who wear thumb rings were said to belong to the LGBTQ community, which had no basis. People who wear a thumb ring nowadays are just for their personal taste or whim. There is no deep meaning or symbolism; it is just that they want to wear one, simple. Thin thumb rings are comfortable to wear and adds personality, while large thumb rings would suit men with strong thumbs. All for fashion and enhancing one's look.
Different Types of Thumb Rings Based on the Use and Origin
It is full with an angled lip, decorated with a leaf-shaped gold with rubies and floral sprays. The thumb ring from the Mughal dynasty is currently displayed in the British Museum. Used by archers to prevent hand injuries and increase accuracy when shooting arrows. It was also a symbol of one's status and a symbol of appreciation.
Ottoman Empire (Zihgir)
A thumb ring artifact that belongs to the Ottoman Empire is currently on display in a museum in New York. Surrounded with gold leaf pattern, with gemstones like ruby, jade, and emeralds. Thumb rings are the most crucial accessory worn by a Turkish archer. Thumb made from leather material was used for short distance target shooting while hard thumb rings made from metals characterized by the usually angled lips were used for distance shooting.
Qing Dynasty (Banzhi)
Aside from being used in archery, thumb rings were also used as an accessory. Made form antlers and fashioned with a plain design. A thumb ring that dates back from the Shang dynasty had a small suspension hole top tie then on to their belts. There was a set of imperial archer rings sold in Sotheby; its final bid was 6.1 million USD. They were made of white and green jade with carved patterns based on poems.
Korean Thumb Ring (Gakji)
Made from horns of water buffalo, it is designed to deliver a fast and smooth release of the bowstring. Worn by traditional Korean archers to elongate and protect their thumb. At present, most gakji are made from various materials, from plastic to different horns of different animals. It should fit tightly over the thumb for an ill-fitted one that would result in irritation and a less accurate shot.
Modern Thumb Ring Designs
A nature-inspired style that features traditional filigree and granulation patters, with symmetrical shapes that replicate nature and sea. This type of design is usually worn for a fresh and relaxing bohemian-inspired look
We might that skull patterns are the same, but according to jewelers, there are different types of skull patterns.
This is characterized by five distinctive holes for the Celts believe in the magical powers of the number. Two for the eyes, two for eth nostrils, and one for the mouth. This denotes power and the enlightenment of the soul.
Represents death or poison. Embodied with two long bones in an X position surmounted with a human skull.
Designed with a black hooded grim reaper holding a scythe, this represents the circle of life and courage.
Eerie representation of a human skull with bold designs. This represents the ethereal appearance of the dead.
Ace of spades ring
One of the symbols that belong to the LGBTQ community, a design where it highlights a black spade shape. This a symbol of aromantic asexuality, which simply means they are not interested in any relationship based on romance. The opposite of this design is the ace of hearts, which denotes a romantic asexuality
Wearing thumb rings might be tacky for some while fashionable for others; it all boils down to your personal preference. You decide whether wearing a thumb ring suits you or not. Although, note that the width and size of your thumb ring can affect your look. Size does matter when it comes to rings, so be sure to consider the fitting of your thumb rings. It's all about how comfortable and confident you feel while wearing your chosen jewelry that can make or break your look.