Today’s ring designs are steering away from gender specificity. The meaning behind the design is more prominent than whether the thumb ring is considered masculine or feminine in style.
So, what does a ring on thumb mean? Symbolically, thumb finger rings for women are considered a sign of independence and freedom, as well as a sign of confident fashion sense. Since it’s placed on a thicker finger, women are more likely to consider large thumb rings with striking designs that would otherwise look cumbersome on other parts of the hand. Smaller, cute thumb rings are more popular for casual rings, especially when they include a simple design that doesn't pull focus from the center on their hand.
Centuries ago, men wore a thumb ring to indicate their wealth or social status, similarly to women. Also, they were—and at times still are—worn by archers to protect their fingers from the friction of the bow. Nowadays, fashion-forward men often wear large thumbs rings for added significance. If the ring symbolizes a specific anniversary, milestone, or personal expression, wearing it on their thumb visually increases its significance.
Since thumbs vary in size from the other fingers, be sure to read our ring size chart before finding the best thumb ring for you. It is important to choose a thumb ring design that will not slip off or impede the movement of this important digit.