The celebrity rumor mill went all abuzz yesterday after聽Kylie Jenner posted a photo on Instagram聽where she was wearing a ring on the ring finger of her left hand. It was paired with a bunch of other bling, but that certainly didn鈥檛 stop the engagement chatter from taking over the Internet for the evening. Demi Lovato recently faced the same issue when she posted a similar photo, holding hands with her longtime beau Wilmer Valderrama. But all this has left us wondering, are we overreacting? I mean, we are living in an era where it鈥檚 legal to love (and finally MARRY) who you love,聽ladies are proposing to their fellas and brides are wearing rainbow-colored wedding dresses. So who says you have to wait until you鈥檙e married to wear a ring on that finger? To see if we鈥檙e alone in our modern day ways, we chatted with both married and single folks to聽have them weigh in on the topic.

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First, we talked to聽B+C鈥檚 assistant buyer and newlywed Alicia Cox. She told us that she used to wear a non-matrimony related ring on that finger all the time, but when her and her boyfriend got serious she stopped. She tells us, 鈥淚 think it was one of those things where I knew he was going to propose soon so I wanted my hand to be ready.鈥

Similar to Alicia, Jessie Wayburn, a friend of B+C who isn鈥檛 terribly traditionalist in her customs says that she too used to wear rings on her left finger聽all the time. She tells us, 鈥淚 had two rings I liked wearing, and they only fit my ring fingers. Additionally, wearing rings on my other fingers isn鈥檛 so comfortable.鈥 While she never worried about it for herself she says that she does notice when other ladies wear聽something on their left ring finger. 鈥淢y mom is a jeweler who would make wedding and engagement rings frequently. She would also ask people if she could look at their jewelry, which is something I鈥檒l do if a piece is particularly eye-catching.鈥

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When we brought it up in our daily editorial meeting, one聽concern some single ladies聽mentioned having聽is that wearing bling聽on a traditional engagement ring spot聽could give eligible suitors聽the wrong impression. So to get a guy鈥檚 take on the topic we chatted with our resident B+C dude (and one of聽our聽in-house photographers) Kurt Andre. He told us, 鈥淚 see [the ring], but I never know what they mean because sometimes girls wear rings on that finger and it doesn鈥檛 mean anything. It wouldn鈥檛 stop me from talking to her, but I would assume that she might be married.鈥

Our Editorial Director Lisa Raphael is in an upcoming wedding where the couple is following old traditions聽and聽starting their own when it comes to engagement ring 鈥渆tiquette.鈥 Bride-to-be Nikki Perry, a聽UX聽designer聽in the Bay Area, wears an engagement ring and her fianc茅 does too 鈥 kind of. 鈥淛oe wanted to wear a 鈥榩ractice ring鈥 for a while, because he鈥檚 never worn a ring before,鈥 she GChatted us.聽鈥淗e thought he might lose his actual wedding band, so he started wearing a cheap ring from Amazon. I think that makes sense, because, as a guy who has never worn jewelry, I do think he could lose his band at some point. He鈥檚 dropped the practice one several times, but never actually lost it.鈥

We asked what people say 鈥 do new friends ask if he鈥檚 married? Do old friends do a double take and wonder if the date on their Save the Date was wrong? Nikki gave us the scoop:聽鈥淗is new coworkers just call me his wife already, even though they know the wedding is in November. People, like his dentist or whoever, just assume he is married because of the ring and he just rolls with it because it鈥檚 easier than explaining the concept of the practice ring. I鈥檓 cool with it.鈥


So what鈥檚 the final conclusion here? It seems to be something of a free-for-all. Believe it or not, ladies (and fellas), you can wear a ring on any finger you want. Imagine that. The left ring finger definitely isn鈥檛 reserved for only engagement rings and wedding bands聽anymore, but there鈥檚 no denying that the tradition is still alive and well. If you鈥檙e single and actively looking for a match, you may want to consider keeping that finger bare. But at the same time, if there is a ring you love and you only love it on that finger, it鈥檚 probably not going to ruin all your chances at finding love completely. This is 2015 after all.

Where do you weigh in on this hot topic? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

(Photos via @ddlovato聽and @kyliejenner)