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How to Wear a Pinky Ring

Traditionally, pinky rings don’t just come with a signet or a gemstone−they also bear great significance. So, you may wonder how to wear a pinky ring and not send the wrong message. Don’t worry! Whether you’re following traditions or not, we got your back!

Here, we’ll cover all you need to know significance-wise and style-wise before blessing your pinky finger with a ring. So, hop on the jewelry train, and let’s head to the amazing world of pinky rings!

How to Wear a Pinky Ring

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Pinkies With Personality: How to Wear a Pinky Ring the Right Way?

Although intended for the smallest fingers (pinkies), pinky rings are far from insignificant. These tiny pieces of jewelry can make or break your whole style. So, what’s the deal with pinky rings? Are they still a trend or a thing of the past?

Different styles of pinky rings tell a different tale of the wearer’s personality. For example, a good-quality men's vintage pinky ring will make the wearer look classy and elegant.

On the other hand, pinky rings with gems show your social status and wealth.

Traditionally, pinky rings are most popular among men. Men used these types of rings to help them show power, lineage, and social rank. So, let’s start there.

Unlocking the Secrets of Pinky Rings for Men

Men wore pinky rings for Millennia. While pinky rings never went out of style, their design and importance changed significantly over the years. In ancient times, men used to show off their social status and wealth with flashy rings on all fingers, with pinky rings being the most popular ones.

Do men usually wear pinky rings?

Pinky rings are the second-most-popular rings for men, following wedding rings. They can be professional, class rings, or simply as a stylish addition to your business or everyday attire.

Whether you’re trying to impress or express yourself, you can do it with the help of a ring on your little finger.

If you’re one of those afraid they’ll look tacky and tasteless with a pinky ring, don’t worry! With the right pinky ring, you can elevate your personal style to a higher state of elegance.

Wearing a pinky ring on the left hand

Traditionally, the left hand is associated with commitment and family. Even though nowadays people barely pay attention to this, a pinky ring on a men’s left hand used to signify the man’s marital status and his family heritage.

In history, married men wore a wedding band stacked with a signet on their pinky finger.

Wearing a pinky ring on the right hand

Usually, a single pinky ring on your dominant hand expresses prosperity and high status on the social lather. Adorned or simple, this is a high-class symbol that you should wear with caution.

Pinky rings are not to be mixed with your usual gym wear.

Wearing a pinky ring on the right hand

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The Do’s and Don’ts When Men Wear Pinky Rings

Don’t wear a pinky ring that doesn’t reflect who you are

Before you buy your first pinky ring, you should be confident you’re making the right choice. So, do experiment with different materials. Explore options like gold, silver, or even unique gemstones before you find the perfect match for your style and personality.

Instead of going for generic, classic styles, choose a pinky ring that speaks up your personality. The best answer to how to wear a pinky ring is - with confidence!

Choose minimalist style when not sure

You simply can’t go wrong with a clean, geometric style of a pinky ring. A simple, understated design will do if you’re not the type of person who likes flashy things. This minimalist ring style will add elegance to your casual and business attire. 

Take changing ring size into account

The practical answer to how to wear a pinky ring is to ensure that it is a fashionable and comfortable fit; that’s why ring size can make all the difference. A pinky ring should sit snugly on the finger without restricting your movements or falling out.

However, our fingers are not the same size in winter and summer. In the summer, our fingers are thicker than in winter, so if you really like the pinky ring you should get two - one that’s smaller in size and the other one larger.  

Take good care of your pinky ring

Regular maintenance will make your ring look like a piece of art rather than a lucky find on the road to work. So, keep your pinky ring cleaned and polished to last longer.

Don’t go with big, flashy pinky rings

Attention-grabbing pinky rings are really a thing of the past. So, if you want to wear a pinky ring with confidence and elegance, opt for a minimalistic or vintage ring that resembles a signet ring.

Don’t wear too many rings

The whole point of wearing a pinky ring is to make a statement. But if you wear too many rings on the other fingers, the message will be lost. Wearing too many bulky rings on your hand will draw attention but in a negative way. Instead, opt for several minimalistic rings should you want to wear a ring stack.

You shouldn’t be afraid to wear other rings on your hand but keep in mind that the safest way to wear a pinky ring and not look tacky is to wear it as a single, minimalistic ring.

Don’t mix ring styles

A pinky ring should match your overall jewelry style. So, if you have other rings on your fingers, copy the same style for the pinky ring. Still, you can add a gemstone or buy a signet ring matching the style.

What you should absolutely avoid when wearing a pinky ring are mismatching ring materials. If you wear a gold pinky ring on a hand with silver rings it’ll look messy and tacky. So pick a metal and stick with it!

How to Wear a Pinky Ring: Women’s Style Guide 

Just like any other ring, pinky rings can add to the overall style of women. Many use the same style on their pinky as other rings on their fingers for a beautiful and cohesive look.

What does a pinky ring mean on a woman?

If you wear a pinky ring on your left hand, you’re expressing your independence and self-love. Practically, a pinky finger has the opposite meaning of a ring finger. 

In fact, many formerly married women re-purposed their wedding rings into pinky rings. This is a symbolic way of expressing the transformation of relationship love to self-love.

What does a pinky ring mean on a woman

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How to Wear a Pinky Ring for Women

Pretty much the same pinky ring tips apply to men and women. However, women still enjoy bigger freedom in choosing the style and number of rings they can wear on their hands.

Consider the occasion

Not every occasion calls for a pinky ring. So, it’s better to leave your pinky ring at home whenever you need to be physically active with your hands.

That said, the style-matching rule is pretty straightforward. You should choose a casual pinky ring for casual events and an adorn one for formal events. However, you don't have to bother if you rock a minimalist-style ring on your little finger. Most minimalist-style rings go well with any type of occasion.

Don’t be afraid to stack rings on your pinky finger

Who says you can only wear one pinky finger? Stack minimalist ring fingers, to get a trendy, layered look. A simple way to do it is to match three thin-banded rings. You can always add more, but make sure that you are not restricting your movements by doing this.

Also, it’s better not to use different styles of rings on your pinky finger. They will only create a mess on such a small surface. 


Wearing a pinky ring can add a touch of elegance and personal style to any outfit. However, you should be careful to choose a ring with a style that matches your personality. In the end, a pinky ring is a statement piece, so choose the right one for your and wear it with confidence!

Now that you know how to wear a pinky ring let no one stop you from expressing your style!

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.