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A Guide To Simple Wedding Rings For Men & Women

Now that you’ve found the perfect partner, it’s time to start the hunt for the perfect wedding rings!

Simple Wedding Rings for Men & Women

When it comes to wedding rings, sometimes simple is better. If you’re not used to wearing showy or ornate jewelry, there are plenty of options that are both subtle and stylish. Whether you’re looking for something dainty, thin, or classic, there is a simple wedding band out there that you’ll never want to take off!

Remember, paring down on opulence doesn’t mean paring down on beauty! A minimalist wedding band is often more practical for everyday wear while remaining sophisticated and striking. 

We’re here to guide you through the process and help you find the perfect simple wedding bands for you and your partner! Go out and find your favorite forever rings!

What Is A Wedding Ring?

Your wedding rings are going to be the most important pieces of jewelry you and your partner own: you’ll likely wear them every single day! The two rings will be presented at the wedding ceremony to symbolize the lifelong union between you and your partner. 

Whether you opt for matching wedding bands, alternative metals, or carved patterns, make sure they mean something special to both of you! Whenever you look down at that special ring, you’ll be reminded of your loved one and the bond you share!

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring

We all know that the engagement ring is a vital part of any proposal- but people often mistake it for the wedding band. There are actually several key differences between the two rings and what they symbolize!

An engagement ring is received at the time of the marriage proposal. In traditional proposals, women receive the ring and wear it until the time of the wedding. While engagement rings can vary in style and extravagance, they typically feature a center diamond and can be embellished with extra diamonds and intricate details. The engagement ring is worn on what is known as “the ring finger”, or the third finger on the left hand. 

Unlike engagement rings, wedding bands are exchanged at the wedding ceremony and worn by both partners. Due to their traditionally simple design and lack of gemstones, they typically cost less than engagement rings.

Many brides wear their engagement rings on their right hand during the ceremony and then move them back to their left hand so they can stack both rings. 

Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to symbolize your marriage! Two rings, one ring, or no ring- opt for whatever feels right to you.

Simple Wedding Rings For Women

Classic Wedding Bands

Classic wedding bands for women are traditionally on the thinner side and typically 14K yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

Classic wedding bands are ideal if you plan on stacking your two rings- a thin gold metal band will compliment your engagement ring beautifully!

Stackable Wedding Rings

Stackable wedding rings are a trendy way to showcase your personal style wherever you go. They give you the option to show off or stay low-key for everyday wear or formal events.

Stackable rings can be anything from diamond rings to plain metal rings, to gemstone rings – the choice is yours! A ring stack can commemorate your engagement, your wedding, and your anniversary- all in one!

14K Yellow Gold Petite Solitaire Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Dainty Wedding Rings

Not every bride wants a huge rock sitting on her finger- and that’s totally OK! There are plenty of smaller, simpler, and dantier rings that are just as special. A ring is usually considered dainty when it has a thin band and a smaller stone- if any stone at all. 

Donning a simple wedding ring doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Dainty wedding rings are classic, easy to clean, and great for those who prefer a more understated look.

  • 14K White Gold Alternating Bead And Bezel Set Marquise Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Single Row Ever After Diamond Ring

Simple Wedding Bands For Men

Classic wedding bands

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic wedding band. Simple, sleek, and certainly timeless, classic bands are ideal for most lifestyles and preferences. The yellow gold classic men’s wedding band is a popular option that has truly stood the test of time. 

Men’s classic wedding bands tend to be on the thicker side but come in a variety of comfort-fit settings that can be domed, curved, or flat. 

18K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Thin wedding bands

You may feel that the tradition of wearing a thick wedding band is not for you. But don’t worry, you can always opt for a ring on the thinner side. There are plenty of men who rock bands that are under 7mm!

If your ring size is smaller than 9, consider a thinner style, like a 4mm men’s gold wedding band, so the ring doesn’t power over your fingers. 

A thin wedding ring in 14K white or yellow gold offers low-profile style with plenty of appeals.

Alternative metal wedding bands

If your lifestyle requires you to use your hands a lot, you may want to look into alternative metal wedding bands. If you lift weights or come into close contact with strong machinery often, look for a durable metal like tantalum. Tantalum rings won’t scratch or damage easily, so you can use your hands with ease. 


A gray or black wedding ring is a great way to mix things up a bit and show off your personal style. Alternative metal wedding rings always make a bold statement and always turn heads. Men’s titanium wedding bands, for example, are edgy and sophisticated. Titanium is a great option for those looking to cut down on the budget. If taking the road less traveled sounds appealing to you, check out our extensive list of black wedding rings.

Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

What Is The Average Cost Of Wedding Rings?

Generally, the average wedding ring costs less than an engagement ring. Most couples spend around $1,000 on the bride’s wedding band and $500 on the groom’s. But remember: it doesn’t matter if you spend $200 or $2,000- it’s what the ring symbolizes that counts!

Who Is Supposed To Buy The Wedding Rings?

In a traditional wedding, each partner will pay for the other’s ring. But don’t feel compelled to follow suit! If tradition is not for you, one partner can pay for both- or the other can. You can even shop for them together! Make sure to do whatever feels right for you and your loved one.

Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

The sky’s the limit with engagement and wedding ring combinations- even if you want to keep things simple! 

While it may be trendy to mismatch the metal types of your two rings, you can opt for keeping them the same for a more simple and streamlined look. A simple gold or platinum band will compliment a solitaire engagement ring beautifully, for example. 

Choosing a simple, thin band will add to your engagement ring without drawing focus away from its center stone.

FAQs About Simple Wedding Rings

  1. What’s the difference between wedding rings vs. wedding bands? 

There is no difference! The terms wedding ring and wedding band are used interchangeably. 

  1. Do you need to have a wedding ring? 

Nope! There is no right or wrong way to symbolize the union between you and your partner. Some people wear one ring, some wear two or more, some don’t wear anything at all! Whether it’s a matter of preference, cost, or lifestyle, decide on whatever makes you feel good. 

  1. Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, both men and women wear their wedding rings on their fourth finger on their left hand. In some cultures, women wear their rings on their right hand. 

  1. Do you wear your wedding ring and engagement ring together?

You totally can if you want to! Those that do, typically wear their wedding ring first and their engagement ring on top. But, you can feel free to wear one ring on your right hand and the other on your left. Personal preference is always key!

Parting Thoughts

Finding the perfect wedding ring is an exciting challenge! From cost to style to metal, it can certainly feel overwhelming. But remember: you can choose to match, to mismatch, to go down the traditional route, to be bold and alternative, to pay for them alone or together- it’s all up to you!

There are no rules on how to wear a simple wedding ring. Make sure you’re doing only what feels right, comfortable, and exactly to your taste!

We’re certain the ring of your dreams is out there! You can start your search at Jamesallen.com

Rachel Glassman

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How To Protect Your Engagement Ring At The Gym: And Other Times To Remove Your Ring

Engagement rings are often your first piece of true diamond jewelry. But this piece presents a unique problem, you are meant to wear it every single day! Often fine jewelry is kept safe in a jewelry box, brought out on special occasions and worn with care. Even pieces meant for casual wear are kept safe.

Yellow Gold Oval Diamond engagement ring

So what are you to do when you’re a newly engaged fitness fanatic? Read on to learn how to keep your ring safe from your fitness routine and other opportune moments.

Why Do I Need To Remove My Engagement Ring?

The idea of needing to remove your ring at any time is new for many people. We don’t remember seeing our parents take them off. You also likely see other people working out with their rings on and you wonder, if they can do it, why can’t I? Yet this is not a pattern you want to repeat if you intend to protect what is arguably your most prized piece of jewelry. 

Of course you want to wear it all the time; you want to show it off! And rightly so! Whether an engagement ring symbolizing your love, or a gorgeous birthstone ring and fine jewelry are investment pieces. They are bought with love and made with expertise. The best materials and the most gorgeous gemstones merit the ultimate protection. Make sure that when you do show it off, it looks its best! Buying insurance is not the only way to protect your valuables.

yellow gold emerald diamond engagement ring

Is It Safe To Wear Your Engagement Ring AND Lift Weights?

When working out, you risk chipping the band, scratching a center gemstone, or damaging the prongs, causing your diamond to fall out, and even thinning the band to the point it can break. You don’t have to be clutz or a gym novice for this to happen. So how does this happen?

It doesn’t matter if you lift heavy weights with fewer reps, or lower weights at higher reps, the pressure of the weights, no matter if it’s a bar or dumbbells, will cause your band to bend. Pavé bands are particularly at risk. When the pressure of the weights causes the band to bend, on a pavé bend, there is an increased risk of the small stones falling out.

Even if you use weight machines instead of free weights, this still applies to you. And weight machines carry an added risk…your ring can get caught in the machine. Changing the weight load, your ring can get caught between plates or even when holding on it can get caught in the crevices of the machine.

Free weights or machines, bars or dumbbells, you risk damage if you wear your ring while pumping iron.

Avoid The Avulsion

In addition to risking damaging the ring, you can damage yourself! Working on that perfect push up? Trying to get that PR on pull ups? Or working on that perfect down dog? As the ring gets pressure from the bar or the ground, you will feel your ring press against your finger, which at a minimum is very uncomfortable and at a maximum, is painful.

Along with the pain, calluses can form around your ring that can be very uncomfortable as well. Especially when they peel and harden. Even if you’re tough enough for that pain, wearing your ring can cause a ring avulsion.

What is an avulsion you ask? This is what happens when your ring finger, or another finger sporting a ring, gets caught and the ring gets yanked off so fast that you damage your finger tissues, muscles, tendons, and even bones.

Also known as “Degloving,” while ring avulsions aren’t common, they sure are painful. And working out with your rings on puts you at increased risk. Another reason to get fit with your rings safely tucked away.

What About Cardio? Is That Ring-Safe?

Cardio is not a one size fits all and can still have an impact; sticking to running or spin classes can still cause damage. Tennis players, for example, have to watch for flying tennis balls and the impact from their rackets. Using cardio equipment like spin bikes, ellipticals, stair climbers, and even when doing floor exercises, your ring will get knocked every time, which can damage your precious wedding ring.

white gold diamond tennis bracelet and pave band round diamond engagement ring

Sports like running don’t have impact concerns, but they do come with other risks. Sweat can loosen your ring and cause it to fall off; ensuring your ring is the correct size will minimize, but not eliminate, this risk. See our tips and tricks, including our online ring sizer, to ensure you get the right size.

Another risk is sweat and dirt, this can tarnish your engagement ring and other fine jewelry, and while we can advise you on how to clean your engagement and wedding rings, it is still best to keep them as clean as possible, right from the start.

Dirt and other muck will affect your ring’s appearance and take away its brilliance. The more detailed your ring, the more easily dirt will get trapped in all the nooks and crannies. And we want to make sure your ring shines bright.

Swimming is another great workout, low impact, easy on those joints, BUT pools are not ring-friendly. The chemicals used to treat pools can dull your metal, diamonds, and other precious gemstones. Another risk, is prune fingers! When your fingers shrink and get all pruney from swimming, your ring can fall off! A damaged AND lost ring? No thank you!

white gold round diamond engagement ring

What About Yoga?

You still need to be careful when participating in activities like yoga, pilates, or barre. Not only can engagement rings get damaged when knocking against the floor or the ballet bar, but they can also throw off your balance, negatively affecting your workout.

The same is true for gymnastics, stretching, and even if you’re training to be a ninja warrior. Play it safe and ensure the best workout and remove your rings during your fitness routine.

Isn’t Gold Strong?

Gold, platinum, and other alternative metals ARE strong. But so are you! And the pressure of bars, barbells, bodyweight exercises, and other gym activities will bend and scratch these metals. Even stronger metals like platinum will eventually snap under the pressure.

Other Times To Remove Your Ring

Washing your hands, especially when using hand sanitizer. Typical hand soaps and sanitizers have harsh chemicals that can damage your ring. The same is true for cleaning products, so whether wiping down the machine after using it or cleaning the house and doing laundry, those chemicals can cause damage so it’s best to put your ring in a safe place. 

When cleaning your ring yourself, you want to stick to gentle soaps. See more about how to care for your ring here.

Sleeping and showering? You betcha! Your favorite body wash, shampoo, lotions, potions, and other cosmetics can cause damage. The chemicals can tarnish your jewelry, and lotions and cosmetics can also cause build-up in the crevices of a ring. Put your ring and other fine jewelry on once you’re fully quaffed but not during the beautifying process.

Experts also recommend taking your engagement ring off before you enter dreamland, as your engagement ring can get caught on your sheets or even your hair when you sleep. This can damage the prongs, causing them to loosen and thus damage your ring. Best to take off your engagement and wedding rings while you catch those Z’s.

The beach is also a hazard for multiple reasons! The saltwater is corrosive, and the sand can make your ring and jewelry dirty and actually damage your metals. Sand can also damage the prongs and cause your stones to fall out. A lost ring is not better than a damaged ring

Top Times To Remove Your Engagement Ring

  1. Working Out
  2. Cleaning
  3. Showering
  4. Applying Lotion & Makeup
  5. The Beach
  6. Swimming (pools & natural bodies of water)
  7. Hiking
  8. Sleeping

So How Do I Protect My Engagement Ring?

There are multiple products out there that claim to protect your ring. Some women suggest tucking it into your sports bra or putting it into pockets that are meant for your keys or your phone. And while these options and products work to varying degrees, none are full proof. One product may work great if you’re going for a run but may be totally useless if taking a HIIT class.

Different forms of physical activity have different risks of damaging your diamond engagement ring and other fine jewelry. Scratches, dents, dirt, they all affect it. Some products protect you from losing your wedding ring but fail to ensure it does not get dirty, some products make sure the band is protected but leave the diamond exposed for chipping. Truly the best way is to hold onto and utilize that original packaging.

How to protect your engagement ring?

Your James Allen ring box is a sure-fire way to protect your ring. Whether leaving it at home before heading to the gym or in your gym bag before heading out for a hike, your ring box and other original packaging are the easiest way to protect your fine jewelry.

yellow gold oval diamond engagement ring

You may worry, like so many of us, that you’re on the go and too busy to stop at home, but you don’t want to leave it in a gym locker. Investing in a good lock will protect all your valuables, your wallet, laptop, and other important things you carry with you on a daily basis.

Still worried? Take your ring box, put it in a locked bag or case, and leave it at the front desk or manager’s office.

Final Thoughts

We understand that when you get engaged, married, or treat yourself to a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry, you want to show it off. You want to wear it every day! You want to show your anniversary bling all the time to everyone….and you should! And while it might feel weird to take your rings off, you also need to protect them and protect yourself.

It is important to remember these pieces are true fine jewelry and need to be treated as such. They need to be cared for and protected just as much as they need to be shown off. Having a fabulous engagement ring, wedding band, and other fine jewelry does not need to interfere with your fitness routine or active lifestyle. 

Protect your fine jewelry while also living your best life. Whether at the pool, the beach, hitting the weights, or going for a run, safeguard your jewelry and ensure it always sparkles brightly.

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Sarah Chin

Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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The Best Jewelry Gifts For Husband Appreciation Day

Show your husband that every day is Husband Appreciation Day with a gift that celebrates his unique style. James Allen has a brilliant array of accessories, ensuring you will find the perfect gift for your perfect husband.

Best Jewelry Gifts

At first this might sound like one of those random “holidays,” but Husband Appreciation Day is actually a great opportunity to spoil your spouse, and give the gift of sparkle to the man who makes you shine everyday.

Didn’t know this was a holiday? No need for panic-Googling, let James Allen ease your anxiety! Read on to find the gift your husband didn’t even know he wanted! We have options for every husband, in every budget.

Whether you want your husband dripping in diamonds, or you’re looking for a more classic look, we are here to help. Whatever his taste and lifestyle, we’ve got the perfect gift.

Isn’t Jewelry A Weird Gift For Husbands?

While funny beer mugs, monogrammed boxers, or survivalist knives might be more “traditional” gifts, more and more partners are choosing to get something sophisticated that reflects their husband’s unique style.

Get them the gift that not only expresses their personal taste, but that they can sport everyday. Allowing them to feel the spirit of Husband Appreciation Day everyday.

The best gift is the one they love but would never buy themselves, the one they moon over but never buy because they don’t need it. Below we showcase a variety of pieces from traditional to luxurious, from understated elegance to show stopping sparkle.

When selecting your gift, keep in mind that many of our options, particularly rings, can be engraved with a personal message. Show your love for your pookie bear (or insert your own nickname) with a personal inscription.

No matter what you choose, any gift filled with love, to show your appreciation, will make their heart shine.

Alternative Metal Wedding Rings

Whether you want to upgrade your husband’s wedding ring, buy an additional wedding ring, or gift him a unique fashion ring, we have what you need. After all, your husband should have a ring as amazing as he is.

Alternative metal rings for men are increasing in popularity for a reason. Allowing them to express their personal style and showcase their unique taste, non-traditional rings for men for engagements, weddings, and of course for fun, come in a variety of gorgeous patterns and materials.

This is the ring your husband wears everyday to show the world his love and commitment to you. Give him a ring as beautiful as your partnership. Love the rings above but need to see more? Check out more non-traditional wedding rings for men HERE.

Give Him The Classic Look

Perhaps your husband has a more traditional style. The classic partner sporting a classic look. If alternative rings aren’t his thing, we have a variety of traditional rings he will love.

Perfect for the man who prefers a simple, unadorned look. Classic wedding rings are the perfect way for your husband to be reminded of how much you love and appreciate him, every single day.

And don’t forget you can update your classic gift with a meaningful, personalized inscription on the inside of the ring, which James Allen will add for free! Whatever you decide, adding a personal sentiment to such a special gift allows you to take your appreciation of your husband to the next level.

See the inspo below and check out more options HERE.

The Gift Of Creative Carvings

Looking for something in between alternative and classic? Carved rings are your jam! Combining classic metal with alternative design, carved rings allow your husband to showcase his unique style.

Carved rings

Does he already have a wedding ring? No problem! Carved rings work great as fashion rings. Available in different colors and materials, carved rings make a stunning gift. Show him you appreciate his style as much as you appreciate him.

Diamonds Are ALSO Your Husband’s Best Friend

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but husband’s are also getting in the game. From sporting stud earrings to blinged out rings, diamonds are a great way to show your husband he is more than just the apple of your eye, he is your diamond in the rough.

Give your husband a pair of classic diamond studs so he can shine bright:

Or give your hubs a blinged out ring to add to his sparkle:

Diamonds are always in style. Whether dressing up a suit or accessorizing a more casual look, diamond jewelry can make a bold and classic statement all at once.

Diamond jewelry is no longer just for rockstars and rappers, more and more men are hoping for this dazzling trend. Explore our collections of diamond jewelry and help your husband take on the look of icons.

Because He’s Famous To You

Male celebrities have been spotted more and more wearing unique wedding and fashion rings. While your husband may not be a celebrity, show him he is famous in your eyes with a gift of superstar style.

Give your husband the style of a black ring that will have him fighting off his own paparazzi.

Love the look? Grab a similar ring or two to mix and match!

Is your husband the rock star of your life? Is he cutting edge and not afraid to break fashion barriers? Then bold rings like these are the perfect choice!

Is your husband as famous for his forward fashion choices as much as for being an incredible partner? Does your husband bend the rules of style? Then these rings for him!

Which of these amazing pieces will you give to celebrate Husband Appreciation Day? Love what you see and want to see more? Go to JamesAllen.com and start shopping today!

And check out these articles for even more inspo and tips!

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Sarah Chin

Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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