How To Measure Your Ring Size

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Whether you’re searching for the perfect fit for your dream engagement ring or surprising your fiance’ to be, our ring size guide will point you in the right direction. Let’s see how you measure up.

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Wedding and engagement rings have long been a symbol of love and devotion. The circular ring has neither a start nor a finish, which is emblematic of an everlasting union. With such rich meaning and symbolism, designed to last a lifetime—so it makes sense that the ring size needs to be spot on.

If you’re not sure how to measure ring size, you’re in the right place.

How To Measure Ring Size At Home?

You may be asking yourself, how is this even possible? It’s true, James Allen can help you figure out your ring size all from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at our free online ring sizer

Alternatively, you can simply request a free ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. 

Nervous that you’ve ordered the incorrect ring size? Don’t fret! We will resize your ring once, for free up to 1 year after the purchase.

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Different Ring Size Conversions

While you may wear one size in the U.K., your sizing in the states may be completely different. Thankfully, though, conversion charts are available to ensure you order the right size regardless of which country the ring was sized in, which ensures complete accuracy.

Ring sizes in the United States and Canada range from 3 to 13, which includes half and quarter sizes. A ring’s size is determined by its diameter or circumference and is measured in inches or millimeters. The diameter measures the inside length of the ring, whereas the circumference measures the length of the entire band. 

International ring sizing involves the same measurement process, but the numbered sizes run on different scales, which vary by country. Australia and the United Kingdom actually use an alphabetical letter sizing system.

Ring Size Comparison Chart

How To Measure Ring Size With A Tape Measure

Using a measuring tape is considered to be the best and most accurate method to determine your ring size. Give yourself enough space to accommodate your knuckles for the best results. Also, you should measure the finger where you plan to wear the ring, since the finger size on your left and right hands may differ.

STEP 1: Place the measuring tape over your finger and pull it around into a circle. 

STEP 2: You should adjust the size of the circle, move it over your knuckles, and make sure it fits comfortably.

STEP 3: Take note of the measurements in millimeters and use the comparison chart if needed. 

How To Measure Ring Size With A String

This next method is simple and works well for those who don’t have a ring nearby. All you need to do is take some string or ribbon and wrap it comfortably around your ring finger.

Once the piece of string is around your finger, carefully mark the spot where the string overlaps. For an accurate result, try to make the smallest mark possible. Then, take the string and measure it against a ruler or measuring tape. Enter your measurements here in either millimeters or inches. We’ll do the calculations for you and, voila, you now have your ring size. 

Still unsure? Find out more by watching this video.

More Ring Sizing Tips

  1. Measure your finger in the evening – For best results, measure your finger at the end of the day. In the morning, your fingers are colder and therefore smaller than usual.
  2. Measure a few times – Be sure to measure your finger size a few times to make sure your calculations are accurate.
  3. Use non-stretchable material – If you’re measuring your finger on your own, you want an accurate measurement! Good materials: ribbon, twine, even paper.
  4. Measure your finger close to your knuckle – This is where the ring will usually sit, so you want it to be comfortable.
  5. Measure your finger in the middle of the day – Our fingers tend to swell overnight, so it is recommended not to take your measurement in the morning as you wake up. 
  6. It’s also recommended to not measure your finger, When the weather is either too hot or cold, after an intense workout or if you are sick.

Tips for Buying a Ring as a Surprise

  1. Ask people If you don’t know your partner’s ring size, ask their close friends or family members to assist. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!
  2. Borrow a ring that fits Borrow their ring (from the correct finger!) and use James Allen’s virtual ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.
  3. Shop for the ring on a private device And log out of all your shared accounts! You don’t want your partner running across your cookie trail.

Other Ways To Find The Ring Size

Taking An Existing Ring To A Jeweler

Even though you won’t be shopping for a ring in the store, this is still one of the most professional ways to find your ideal ring size. Head over to your local jewelry store and have the jeweler measure your ring size. In addition to their nifty gadget, consider trying on a few of their engagement or wedding rings to ensure comfort and a perfect fit. 

Use Another Ring From Their Jewelry Box 

Probably the easiest way to get an accurate ring size is by using one that already fits! If you’re looking for a size for someone else, simply use a ring from their jewelry that you know they wear often. That will ensure you have a ring that is comfortable!

Recruit Family/Friends To Help You Out 

If you’re keeping a secret from your fiance-to-be, you can recruit the help of others! Have your partner’s best friend inquire or find a ring of theirs to keep things covert. 

Inviting others to participate in this part of the process turns the proposal into a shared experience! Plus, having an extra set of eyes and hands can help with both getting the size and finding the perfect ring!

What Is The Average Ring Size For Men?

The average size of a men’s wedding band is 9. For men with bigger hands and long fingers, a wider ring band is recommended. While men with smaller hands or shorter fingers, a wider band may not be the best choice. Then again, this also depends on your personal style and how much of a statement you want to make.

What Is The Average Ring Size For Women?

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the average ring size for a woman is a size 6. However, they also add that depending on their lifestyle, on average most women tend to fluctuate in weight, so adding a quarter size to the ring is often recommended. Fingers also tend to swell during seasons such as summer, so keep that in mind as well when measuring your ring size.

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James Allen Ring Sizer Tools

You don’t have to worry about sizing a ring. James Allen’s Virtual Ring Sizer can help you determine your ring size online for free. There are two options available, you can either measure your finger, or you can measure a ring you already own to discover your ring size. Both are accurate and will give you your exact ring size.

What Happens When My Ring Is Resized?

During the resize process, small amounts of metal will be added or removed to increase or decrease the size as needed. As a result, your ring may be slightly thicker or thinner when completed. This is a minor difference and is often invisible to the naked eye.

Your resized ring will be inspected by quality assurance to ensure that our high standards are met and that your ring has been fitted to the size that you need.

What If I Order The Wrong Ring Size?

It’s worth noting that approximately 40% of rings end up being resized. But don’t worry, as we know that this is something that can happen when you’re buying a ring online, we offer free ring sizing for up to 1 year after purchase

Metals That Can’t Be Resized

Keep in mind that not all metals are created equal. If your ring is made of tungsten or titanium, you will not be able to resize them. 

Both tungsten and titanium are hard metals. While both of these materials make for durable and scratch-resistant rings, once you size them, they cannot be changed.

Rose gold rings may also prove to be difficult to resize.

Keep this in mind when choosing your metal type!

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Rings That Can’t Be Resized

Unfortunately, some rings are not able to be resized. This may be because of the specific design or material that has been used. Rings made from unconventional materials such as resin, ceramic, jade, or wood cannot be resized because there’s no way to cut and bend the ring- its composition isn’t amenable to the process,

These include:

FAQs

How will I know if I have the right size?

A good ring size should fit snug around the base of your finger without bulging or leaving any indentations. However, the ring should also be loose enough to slide over your knuckle. Check if your ring fits right by pushing it up from underneath and making sure there is a small space between it and your finger. This means there is enough room.

Does band thickness affect size?

Yes, band thickness can affect your ring size. The more a ring covers your finger, the tighter it will fit. In addition, stacking many types of bands, such as a wedding ring set, will increase your ring size. We recommend measuring your ring size with a sizer that’s close to the thickness of the ring that you’ll be wearing.

How to secretly find someone’s ring size?

Planning a surprise romantic and creative proposal? You can easily find out your partner’s ring size without them knowing. One of the easiest options is to simply ask their family or friends. Another way to measure your partner’s ring size secretly is by measuring a ring they already wear.

Are men’s and women’s rings measured using the same scale?

Yes, women’s and men’s ring sizes are measured on the same scale. The average size of men’s hands tends to be larger than that of women’s, so they will fall into the larger category.

We’re Here To Help

Concerned about how to measure your ring size? At JamesAllen.com, our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help and answer any queries you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here.

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Marriage Compatibility Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Marriage Compatibility Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Have you ever considered that true love may be written in the stars? Interested in discovering more about how your zodiac sign affects romantic compatibility? We’re going to dive into the captivating realm of star signs to uncover your celestial match, where romance and the stars align beautifully. All in the name of fun!

Marriage Compatibility Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Compatibility Factors in Zodiac Signs

Zodiac signs have two main things that affect how well people get along: elements (like fire, earth, air, and water) and attributes (cardinal, fixed, mutable). It is usually easier for signs with similar elements to get along, whereas those with opposite elements may experience some conflict. It’s also important to pay attention to the attributes: Cardinal signs like to take charge, fixed signs maintain stability, and mutable signs are flexible. But remember, astrology is just one piece of the puzzle – people’s personalities and experiences matter a lot in a relationship too.

Best Matches for Zodiac Signs

Matching zodiac signs can be a fun way to explore compatibility in friendships and relationships. While some signs do tend to have more natural connections with each other, it’s important to remember that astrology is not a science and it shouldn’t be relied on exclusively for making decisions.

The zodiac signs below which are found on opposite sides of the astrological wheel, are frequently believed to lead to happy and loving marriages.

Libra – Aries

Taurus – Scorpio

Gemini – Sagittarius

Cancer – Capricorn

Leo – Aquarius

Pisces – Virgo

Every relationship is unique, and while star signs can be a fun and symbolic aspect of identity, they’re not definitive. Although the zodiac can offer guidance and reassurance when needed, ultimately it is up to you and your partner to shape your own destiny as a couple. 

Most Challenging Matches for Zodiac Signs

Navigating relationships can be complex, and astrology often offers interesting insights into compatibility. Each sign of the zodiac comes with its own set of traits that can, at times clash with other signs, creating challenging matches. Having a better understanding of these dynamics can help adjust expectations and promote more effective communication.

Here are some challenging combinations for each zodiac sign.

Aries: The red hot and passionate fire sign Aries does not match well with the calm, composed, and introspective water sign of Pisces as their traits on the zodiac wheel are poles apart.

Taurus: Taurus and Leo can definitely struggle, since Taurus prefers life’s simple pleasures and stability at a slower pace, while Leo’s fiery personality and excessive attention-seeking may overwhelm Taurus.  

Gemini: Since Gemini’s preference is variety and change, this might clash with Virgo’s need for stability and routine, complicating their ability to harmonize in a relationship.

Cancer: This match can be challenging, especially when Cancer’s emotional depth collides with Libra’s intellectual approach.

Leo: Leo is typically more expressive and needs a lot of admiration than Capricorn, who tends to be reserved and realistic. 

Virgo: Virgo and Sagittarius often face hurdles in relationships, with Virgo’s detail-oriented nature conflicting with Sagittarius’s free spirit.

Libra: Libra and Capricorn can be a difficult match, as Libra’s social, and diplomatic nature and quest for balance might clash with the highly practical approach of Capricorn, potentially leading to frustration in the relationship.

Scorpio: Scorpio and Aquarius might face difficulties in a relationship, as Scorpio’s need for privacy and deep loyalty may not align with Aquarius’s highly social nature and preference for independence.

Sagittarius: Sagittarius and Pisces may find compatibility challenging due to their distinct life approaches: Sagittarius values adventure and independence, whereas Pisces prefers introspection and deep emotional connections.

Capricorn: Capricorn and Aries can have a tough time, as both are headstrong and have a desire for leadership. This can lead to power struggles and difficulty in finding a harmonious balance.

Aquarius: Aquarius and Taurus can face challenges, with Aquarius’s need for freedom conflicting with Taurus’s need for security.

Pisces: Pisces and Gemini might find difficulty, as Pisces’s emotional depth could overwhelm Gemini’s intellectual approach.

Individual Zodiac Sign Profiles

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries

Bold and ambitious, a fire sign symbolized by the ram. There is nothing an Aries cannot achieve once they set their mind to it—no mountain is too high. Their rock-solid confidence, commanding leadership, and unyielding determination cast them as born leaders who stand by their values. However, their impulsive nature sometimes leads to lightning-fast decisions that might raise a few eyebrows.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Loyal to a fault, a Taurean is the most reliable person you’ll ever meet. Known for their dependability and practicality, these individuals are also hardworking and value stability and security in their lives. However, they have a stubborn streak a mile wide and can hold a grudge like no one else, so make sure you don’t cross them.

Taurus

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Gemini

The social butterfly, Geminis, are the life of the party, known for their versatile, and highly communicative nature. With their curious minds and open hearts, they effortlessly connect with people from all walks of life. However, with their vibrant charm, they sometimes contend with a shift of many emotions and the challenge of decision-making.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Compassionate and intuitive. Cancerians are nurturing souls who value home comforts and close-knit relationships. They are highly intuitive individuals who can read people’s emotions and respond accordingly. People born under the Cancer zodiac sign often show deep emotional sensitivity and can struggle with moving on from past wounds.

Cancer

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leo

Born to be under the spotlight, Leo’s daring charisma and confidence give them the innate ability to light up any room. However, people born under the Leo zodiac sign can also be prone to being self-centered and can sometimes struggle with accepting criticism.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Practical and grounded, Virgos are all about the details. You bring order to chaos and are always ready to lend a helping hand. Your friends know you as the planner, however, with your high standards, you may also be a bit of a control freak.

Virgo

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libra

Libras are the relationship initiators, masters of balance and harmony. With their engaging charm, sharp intellect, and a knack for surrounding themselves with beauty and interesting souls, they’re the ultimate social butterflies. However, their overthinking nature can lead to struggles of indecision, and they simply can’t stand being alone.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Known for their strength of spirit and determination to make the most out of love and life. A Scorpio will do everything in their power to make their partner feel loved, which is why they have such a bold presence in our lives. People like these can handle life’s hardest challenges head-on and bounce back from adversity with a smile.

Scorpio

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius

Adventurous and philosophical, Sagittarius individuals are like a whirlwind of sharp intellect and boundless energy, always on the quest for the ultimate truth. They have unwavering self-belief and thirst for knowledge, making them the eternal explorers of life. Those born under the sign of Sagittarius cherish independence and freedom. However, their relentless curiosity can spark impatience and commitment dilemmas.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

As a Capricorn, your loyalty, determination, and ambition are unmatched. You’re a workaholic, rarely taking a sick day. On the flip side, there are moments when you can become overly serious and find it challenging to express your emotions.

Capricorn

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Aquarius

You’re a thoughtful dreamer with a heart full of compassion. While your introversion adds to your mysterious charm, your creativity creates a force of nature that cannot be ignored. Your strength and independence make you a beautiful and unique person, but your precious gem is trust, and it takes a special person to unlock it.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

The artist of the zodiac, Pisces, is a compassionate and deeply emotional soul. Known for their selflessness, they offer insightful yet gentle perspectives that draw friends like magnets. However, Pisces’ dreamy idealism can sometimes blur those boundaries.

Pisces

FAQs

Are Zodiac Signs Accurate Predictors of Compatibility?

Even though zodiac signs are popular in astrology, they are simply suggestions based on personality traits, and they cannot accurately predict relationship compatibility. Successful relationships are more influenced by factors like individual differences, life experiences, and personal values.

Can Incompatible Zodiac Signs Make a Relationship Work?

Absolutely! While zodiac signs can offer fun insights, many couples with traditionally ‘incompatible’ signs create strong, loving relationships through understanding, communication, and shared values. Remember, it’s the personal connection and effort that truly make a relationship work, not just the stars!

Should I Base My Marriage Decision Solely on Zodiac Signs?

Basing a marriage decision solely on zodiac signs is not advisable. While zodiac signs can offer insights into personality traits and compatibility, it’s important to consider a range of other factors like mutual respect, shared values, and emotional connection for a strong and lasting relationship.

How Can I Accurately Check Astrological Compatibility for a Potential Marriage Match?

To check astrological compatibility for a marriage match, it’s worth taking a look at the birth charts of both partners. You’ll want to analyze key factors like their sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign, as well as the positions of Venus and Mars. Although these factors give insights into relationship dynamics, a potential and successful marriage involves a lot more than just astrology.

Celestial Summation

No matter your sign, at JamesAllen.com we have something that will help show off your personality! Check out our personalized selection of fine jewelry, from our zodiac collection to birthstone jewelry and initial necklaces. If you need further assistance finding the perfect piece, our jewelry experts are always available to answer any questions you may have, 24/7.

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Rose Gold Wedding Rings

A Complete Guide to Rose Gold Rings

When it comes to choosing the perfect symbol of your love, rose gold wedding rings are becoming an increasingly popular choice. Their warm and romantic hue exudes a sense of timeless elegance. In this buying guide, we’ll explore why rose gold is an excellent choice for your wedding ring and provide you with valuable insights to make the best decision. So, let’s dive into the world of rose gold wedding rings!

Rose Gold Wedding Rings

What is Rose Gold?

Let’s start with the basics. This precious metal, which can also be referred to as pink gold, is a blend or alloy of gold, copper, and silver. It is the copper that gives rose gold its gorgeous, characteristic pink hue. The more copper in the alloy, the pinker it looks. While there is a common misconception that rose gold is not “real gold” because it’s a mix of metals, in reality, rose gold is real, but it’s just not 100% gold.

Why Choose Rose Gold for Your Wedding Ring?

Rose gold, also known as pink gold or blush gold, is a stunning alloy of gold and copper. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider rose gold for your wedding ring:

1. Unique Aesthetic Appeal

Rose gold offers a unique and captivating color that stands out from traditional yellow or white gold. Its warm, rosy hue adds a touch of romance and individuality to your ring. When you slip a rose gold wedding ring onto your finger, it’s not just a piece of jewelry; it’s a statement of your distinct style.

2. Durability and Strength

While pure gold can be soft and susceptible to scratches, the addition of copper in rose gold enhances its durability, making it a practical choice for everyday wear. You won’t have to worry about your wedding ring losing its luster over time. It’s designed to withstand the rigors of daily life and still look as beautiful as the day you first wore it.

3. Timeless Elegance

The timeless beauty of rose gold ensures that your wedding ring will remain fashionable for years to come, just like your enduring love. Unlike trendy metals that may go out of style, rose gold maintains its classic appeal. It’s a choice that will stand the test of time, just like your commitment to one another.

4. Complements All Skin Tones

Rose gold’s flattering tone complements various skin tones, making it a versatile choice for everyone. Whether you have fair, medium, or dark skin, a rose gold wedding ring will radiate warmth and enhance your natural beauty. It’s a metal that knows how to make you shine.

5. Symbolism

The romantic and warm color of rose gold symbolizes love, making it an ideal choice for wedding rings. It represents the deep affection and connection between two people embarking on a lifelong journey together. When you exchange rose gold wedding rings, you’re not just making a promise; you’re sharing a symbol of your love story.

Now that we’ve explored the compelling reasons to choose rose gold for your wedding ring, let’s dive deeper into the factors to consider when making this important decision.

The Pros And Cons Of Rose Gold

The Pros And Cons Of Rose Gold Ring

Factors to Consider When Buying Rose Gold Wedding Rings

Quality of Rose Gold: 14k vs. 18k

Rose gold wedding rings come in different karat values, typically 14k and 18k. Here’s what you need to know about these two options:

Durability

14k rose gold contains a higher percentage of copper, making it more durable and resistant to scratches. If you lead an active lifestyle or have a manual job, 14k rose gold may be the better choice for you.

18k rose gold, while slightly softer, offers a richer color due to its higher gold content. It’s a bit more luxurious and perfect for those who prioritize aesthetics.

Maintenance

Both 14k and 18k rose gold require minimal maintenance but should be cleaned regularly to maintain their luster. Cleaning your wedding ring is simple and can be done with a soft cloth and mild jewelry cleaner. By taking proper care of your rose gold ring, you can ensure that it remains as radiant as the day you received it.

Karat measurement chart

Design and Style

Choosing the design of your rose gold wedding ring is a deeply personal decision. Your wedding ring should reflect your unique style and the love you share as a couple. Consider the following aspects when selecting the perfect design:

  • Classic vs. Contemporary: Are you drawn to classic, timeless designs, or do you prefer a more contemporary and avant-garde look?
  • Intricate Details: Some rose gold wedding rings feature intricate details like filigree, engraving, or milgrain edges. These details add a touch of artistry and craftsmanship to your ring.
  • Gemstones: Decide if you want a simple rose gold band, a ring with gemstones, or a diamond-studded beauty. The choice of gemstones can add a personal touch to your ring.
  • Matching Sets for Couples: For couples seeking matching wedding rings, there is a wide variety of rose gold options available. Choose matching sets that symbolize your unity and commitment to each other.

Men’s Rose Gold Wedding Rings

Don’t forget the groom! Men’s rose gold wedding rings come in various designs, from classic bands to more masculine and textured styles. The choice is not limited, and there’s a ring that perfectly suits his personality and style.

Men's Rose Gold Wedding Rings

Rose Gold Wedding Rings for Women

For women, the choices are endless. Explore the world of rose gold wedding rings with intricate details and unique settings. Here are some popular styles to consider:

Solitaire Wedding Rings

Timeless and elegant, solitaire rings feature a single diamond or gemstone, allowing it to take center stage.

Vintage-Inspired Wedding Rings

If you love the romance of a bygone era, consider a vintage-inspired rose gold ring with intricate details and a touch of nostalgia.

Eternity Rings

Symbolizing your infinite love, eternity rings are fast becoming a popular diamond wedding ring choice for brides-to-be. They suit just about every engagement ring style, too!

Custom Designs

Many jewelers offer the option to create custom rose gold wedding rings. This allows you to design a one-of-a-kind piece that truly reflects your unique love story.

Rose Gold Wedding Rings for Women

Caring for Your Rose Gold Wedding Ring

To ensure your rose gold wedding ring retains its beauty for generations to come, follow these care tips:

Regular Cleaning: Clean your ring regularly with a gentle jewelry cleaner or a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt or residue.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Keep your ring away from harsh chemicals, such as chlorine, bleach, and household cleaning agents, as they can damage the metal and gemstones.

Remove During Activities: While rose gold is durable, it’s a good idea to remove your ring during strenuous activities, sports, or when working with heavy machinery to prevent damage.

Store Separately: When you’re not wearing your ring, store it separately in a soft pouch or jewelry box to prevent scratches.

Professional Maintenance: Periodically, have your rose gold wedding ring checked and cleaned by a professional jeweler to ensure that prongs are secure and gemstones are in good condition.

FAQs

Are rose gold wedding rings durable?

Yes, rose gold wedding rings, particularly 14k, are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. They are designed to withstand the rigors of daily wear and maintain their beauty over time.

Can I customize my rose gold wedding ring?

Many jewelers offer customization options, allowing you to create a unique and personalized wedding ring that reflects your style and preferences. You can choose the metal, design, and gemstones to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

What are some popular gemstones for rose gold engagement rings?

Popular gemstones for rose gold engagement rings include diamonds, morganite, sapphires, and pink tourmalines. Each gemstone offers a unique and beautiful appearance, allowing you to choose the one that resonates with you the most.

How do I ensure the authenticity of rose gold?

To ensure the authenticity of your rose gold wedding ring, purchase it from a reputable jeweler who provides certification for the metal’s purity. The certification should specify the karat value of the gold used in your ring, confirming its authenticity.

Happy Shopping

Choosing a rose gold wedding ring is a beautiful and meaningful decision. Its unique aesthetic, durability, and timeless elegance make it a perfect choice for couples looking to symbolize their love. Remember to consider the factors mentioned above to make an informed choice that suits your style and preferences. When you exchange rose gold wedding rings, you’re not just making a purchase; you’re selecting a symbol of your love story that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

There are no hard-and-fast rules in the world of how to wear wedding and engagement rings. As you’ll soon see, even the most “universal” traditions are subject to variations. It all depends on the ring wearer’s particular culture and style.

So what should YOU do? Read on to find out.

Pear shaped engagement ring

Now that you’ve started thinking about the perfect way to stack on your bands, you might be wondering how exactly to wear engagement and wedding rings together. It’s easy to feel confused about wedding rings or bridal sets. There is no right or wrong way. It’s all completely up to you!

It is impossible to define a ‘traditional’ manner of wearing a wedding ring set, but there are a variety of popular ways of wearing them. And yes, some do follow various traditions. Still unsure? We’re here to help. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know about how to wear a wedding ring set.

What’s The Right Way To Wear A Wedding Ring?

When it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring, there are a few options. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to comfort and your personal style.

However, in many Western cultures, the wedding ring finger is traditionally said to be the fourth finger on the left hand. But, the “ring finger” is not the same in all cultures and countries. It also may depend on local tradition, religion, and personal preference.

What’s The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And An Engagement Ring?

First, let’s talk about the rings. Though there are a few key differences between a wedding ring and an engagement ring, one of the main features that sets these two rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal, while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, a wedding ring does not have a particular focal point. They sometimes feature rows of smaller stones or a clean solitaire band.

18K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagements Ring
Platinum Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

The Best Wedding Ring Styles

Experts recommend that you don’t just buy a wedding ring simply because it’s currently trendy. These are rings you’ll be wearing every day for the rest of your life, so it’s important that the design and style reflect your personality.
Say ‘I do’ and begin yours forever with a distinctively beautiful James Allen wedding ring. Choose from our large selection of gorgeous ring styles, including classic wedding rings, diamond wedding rings, and eternity rings. 

Classic Wedding Rings

Classic wedding rings complement any engagement ring. The simplicity of a classic metal band directs all the attention to your engagement ring. So if you’re struggling to find a matching wedding ring or simply want to highlight your engagement ring, a classic wedding ring could be the perfect style.

Curved Wedding Rings

If your engagement ring has a distinct shape, your wedding ring can curve to accommodate your center stone. This gives your wedding set a unique interlocking quality. As an added bonus, a curved wedding ring’s complimentary shape reduces friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

Eternity Rings

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, eternity rings are considered to symbolize eternal love. A meaningful expression between a couple on their journey of everlasting love – a promise of lifelong commitment. Even though traditionally, eternity rings are gifted to mark a special milestone within a relationship, nowadays, they are often worn as wedding rings as they pair so beautifully with many different engagement ring designs.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Two Row U Pavé Engagement Ring

Which Hand Should You Wear Your Engagement & Wedding Ring On?

Your wedding ring set can be worn on either hand, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. It differs worldwide and is often not the same in all countries and cultures. But there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand

How a person wears their engagement and wedding band may determine the area they are living in or the cultural traditions they are accustomed to. 

In certain Northern and Eastern European countries, wearing these rings on the right hand is customary. This tradition actually comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. As a matter of fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand

The most common choice for most people is to wear their engagement and wedding rings on their left hand. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring, specifically on the fourth finger, originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly to the heart. As this idea has been passed down for many generations, people still enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding rings closest to their hearts, showing how important marriage is. 

In addition, many people prefer to wear the engagement and wedding rings together on the same finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it is positioned with the engagement ring following on the outside. For this reason, numerous gorgeous wedding rings and bridal sets are specifically designed to match each other. And many couples choose this option when they plan their engagement and wedding rings.

However, another option that some people choose is to wear their wedding ring on top of their engagement ring to keep it secure on the finger.

On Different Hands

The engagement ring and wedding ring don’t necessarily have to be worn on the same hand. Some women wear their wedding ring on the left ring finger and their engagement ring on the right ring finger. Whether you uphold a time-old tradition or create your own is entirely up to you.

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How Do I Match A Wedding Ring To An Engagement Ring?

The answer: however you’d like. As the bride-to-be, you can choose to express yourself in whatever way you wish. There are few, if any, customs regarding how you pair your wedding ring with your engagement ring. So what does this mean for you? You have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

Match By Metals

As we’ve mentioned before, there are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. While you may prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, others might prefer a mix of metals. All ring metals look great together as long you love what you’re wearing! At JamesAllen.com, we provide you with four beautiful metal options: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.

Match By Stones

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Gemstones are a gorgeous alternative for those who prefer a twist on the classic wedding ring. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 
The beauty of gemstone wedding rings is that there is a huge selection!

From sapphires and rubies to opals and emeralds…these can make the most perfect, personalized piece. Whether you choose a particular stone for its beauty or you want to embrace a certain stone’s meaning, the options are endless! For instance, you may wish to have a unique wedding ring set that features a respective birthstone.

Match By Ring Setting Style

Finding the perfect wedding ring set can be tricky as there is a diverse range of styles to choose from. 

Of course, style often comes down to personal taste and preference. But luckily, at James Allen, you can perfectly match your wedding ring to your engagement ring or go with something completely unique. The beautiful settings options are plentiful, and range in style and design, from stunning pavé wedding rings to rose gold stackable rings – you’re guaranteed to find the one.

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What Should You Do If You Can’t Wear Your Wedding Ring The Traditional Way?

Remember that tradition is purely just a suggestion.

  • If you can’t wear your wedding ring on the “right” finger, wear it on another one!
  • If you are unable to wear it on your hand, slip it onto a chain and wear it as a pendant necklace.
  • If your wedding ring doesn’t fit with your engagement ring, wear them on separate fingers.
  • If you don’t like rings, bracelets can be excellent substitutes.

What matters most is that it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. Regardless of how you choose to wear it, it’s completely up to you!

Final Thoughts

Your wedding ring set is more than a beautiful set of jewelry. It’s also a symbol of your love, devotion, and bond as a couple. And just as your love is unique, how you want to wear your wedding ring set is just as special.


Still searching for the perfect ring to add to your wedding ring set? At JamesAllen.com, our diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help you find your perfect ring and answer any questions. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here.

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The 2023 Guide To Wedding Bands And Fashion Rings For Men

The 2023 Guide To Wedding Bands And Fashion Rings For Men

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Between the fun and excitement of the engagement ring and the ongoing wedding planning, you may have neglected one detail—your own wedding ring!

The 2023 Guide To Wedding Bands And Fashion Rings For Men

While shopping for men’s wedding bands is an essential step in the wedding planning process, sadly it is very often outshined by everything else going on. But the truth is, men deserve to find a significant and special ring, too! 

If you or your significant other are like most traditional men who have never worn a piece of jewelry except for maybe a watch, then a wedding ring might be the first meaningful piece of jewelry they own. Luckily, there is no shortage of ring options to choose from, regardless of the groom’s budget, unique personality, or lifestyle.

Still, looking for more information and ring inspo? We’re here to help! Keep reading our handy guide to find out all there is to know about men’s wedding and fashion rings. Just remember, there are no rules! Pick the one that you are most confident wearing, and know you’ll honor forever! 

A Brief History

While wedding rings, in general, have been around for many decades, it is believed that the earliest men’s wedding ring was called “Gimmel Rings.” Engagement and wedding rings also symbolized everlasting love and devotion during Ancient Egyptian times. 

During World War II, many men who fought on the front line began wearing wedding rings as a keepsake or memory of their wives and families back home.

The same custom was carried through WWII, so it is presumed that during the 20th century, men started wearing wedding rings to symbolize their marital status. In recent years, we have seen a spike in popularity and focus on the groom. And today, we could not imagine a wedding ceremony without the classic ring exchange, right?  

Men’s wedding rings are a tradition that is here to stay and a beautiful token of the love and commitment two people share. 

Select A Metal Type

When deciding on a metal for your wedding ring, there is indeed a range of options. You may also want to ask yourself a few questions before the big purchase.

  • Are you allergic to any materials?
  • Do you and your partner want matching rings?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you lead?
  • What best suits your complexion?

You don’t want to make a hasty decision when making such an important purchase.

Yellow Gold Wedding Rings

Although yellow gold wedding rings are the most popular choice for men, there are other gold hues that are available too. Generally, men who are the conventional type tend to opt for the traditional gold ring.

This classic metal gives off a warm, subtle glow and is best suited for people with warm skin tones. Another great advantage of opting for yellow gold is that it does not tarnish easily. We stock both 14K and 18K yellow gold rings.

Related Post: Yellow Gold vs. White Gold: Key Differences

White Gold Wedding Rings

Another very popular metal is white gold. Rings made of white gold have a silvery radiance that makes their appearance classic and contemporary. This option is not only an affordable one but is lightweight and is also an easy-to-wear metal. These rings are also ideal for those who want to add delicate detailing or engraving to create the perfect unique men’s wedding band.

Rose Gold Wedding Rings

One of the less common choices among the metals is rose gold. However, this beautiful hue is rising in popularity and becoming very trendy for both men and women. Rose gold wedding rings are perfect for grooms who want a more daring and distinctive look. 

Platinum Wedding Rings

If these metals have not yet grabbed your attention and you much prefer a completely conventional ring. Then perhaps a platinum wedding ring is what you need. Now, you may think that platinum is the same as white gold, but actually, this is incorrect!

Although the two are very similar, they have some differences too, including the cost, appearance, and structure. Platinum is ideal for those who frequently work with their hands or are exposed to activities that result in friction against the ring surface. Considered to be the most durable metal, platinum is also one of the many hypoallergenic metals.

Related Post: White Gold Vs. Platinum: What’s The Difference?

Choose A Style

Another benefit of selecting a wedding ring is the variety of styles and designs available. We understand that with all the choices available, the overall process of searching for the perfect “one” can become overwhelming. Here is a list of some of our most popular styles along with some details to make things a little simpler.

Classic

Classic wedding rings commonly feature an all-metal band that is either smooth or has a slight texture. Timeless and traditional rings are one of the most popular choices amongst customers. Our classic wedding rings are available in platinum, yellow, white, and Men’s rose gold wedding rings.

Carved 

Carved men’s rings are a trendy and popular choice for those looking for a twist on the classic wedding ring. With the evolution of men’s fashion and jewelry, our unique collection of men’s carved rings is not just the perfect accessory; these affordable options complement every masculine style. All our men’s carved wedding rings are available in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum.

Diamond

Gone are the days when the groom had to settle for a plain yellow or white gold wedding ring while the bride got all the glitz and glam. Thankfully JamesAllen.com stocks a wide selection of male wedding bands featuring diamond accents that are a great way to add that extra bit of personality to your ring.

Alternative 

As we mentioned previously, most of the time when we think of men’s wedding rings, we tend to only think of metals such as yellow or white gold. However, these are not the only materials that can be used for wedding rings. In fact, more men are now stepping out and embracing elaborate and very swank looks. 

Black wedding rings for men are all the rage right now and becoming increasingly popular due to their striking, masculine look. Of course, this is an excellent way to show your personality and break tradition.  They are sleek and modern and serve as a versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn for any occasion as a fashion ring – #ootd.

At JamesAllem.com we have a gorgeous collection of men’s alternative wedding rings created with metals that include, cobalt chrome™, titanium, black titanium, and ceramic. These rings are designed with every kind of man in mind, especially those who love some modern luxe. 

Pros of alternative metal rings 

  • Budget-friendly 
  • Many of these metals are hypoallergenic
  • So trendy right now 
  • Most are scratch-resistant
  • Durable yet lightweight 
  • Great for men who work with their hands

Decide On A Band Shape

Now let’s take a look at the advantages of the different kinds of ring shapes available at JamesAllen.com.

Domed (D-Shaped)Channel-SetComfort Fit
ClassicSecurely holds and protects the diamondsMore popular for the younger generation
Perfect for long wearUnlikely to snag on clothingExtremely comfortable
Soft, rounded appearanceIncredibly unique and aestheticModern look and feel

Ring Finishes

A ring’s finish describes the surface texture of the metal. A large part of the appeal of wedding rings for men lies with the texture, or finish, of the metal. We believe that most wedding rings owe their handsome appearance in large part to the texture, or finish, of the metal. This is why our wedding rings are available in a variety of different finishes, including polished, satin, brushed, matte, and hammered. Take a look at the different finishes to see what you prefer.

Polished – this classic finish is considered a traditional choice and the most common, specifically for wedding rings. This describes a band that features a smooth, reflective finish. 

Satin –  although a satin finish is also known to have a smooth surface, it is not reflective like a polished finish. A satin finish is generally more appealing to men who prefer a contemporary design. 

Hammered – this style gets its name from the tiny “dents” featured around the band created using a specialized jewelry hammer.

Brushed – similar to a satin finish, a brushed texture on a band resembles slight brush strokes. It has a similar soft shine to a matte finish. For men who lead active lifestyles,  a brushed finish is the best choice as it can hide scratches better than other finishes.

Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind

Once you’ve gone through all the details you need to look at before purchasing a wedding ring, it’s also important to consider your lifestyle. 

As you or your partner will be wearing the ring every day, or at least we hope so, the ring you choose needs to perfectly match your Keep in mind how much time you spend with your hands throughout the day. You don’t need to be hesitant about wearing a wedding ring while working but. If for example, you are a construction worker, athlete, or even a nurse, 

One of the biggest things to consider is how much you work with your hands during the day. For example, if you play sports or have a career as a mechanic or chef, a ring that is durable, scratch resistant, and has maximum comfort is crucial.

On the other hand, if his (or your) day-to-day life is less demanding on his hands, something more detailed and stylish is a perfect choice. But, always remember to also keep his personal style in mind.

FAQs

How much should a man’s wedding ring cost? 

Wedding rings for men can cost anywhere from $100 to $2,000 on average. However, people generally spend around $600 on their wedding bands. The price will largely depend on the materials and chosen style. 

Who typically buys the man’s wedding ring?

A bride traditionally shops and purchases the man’s wedding bands. In today’s world, tradition is becoming a thing of the past, and every couple has their own preferences. It’s possible that one couple’s approach may not work well for others. 

Which is the ring finger for men?

In Western traditions, wedding rings go on the left ring finger (second from the left). However, this does not apply to all cultures and countries around the world. There is no set rule, so you can wear your ring on any finger you prefer.

Final Thoughts

More than just a “must-have”, a wedding band represents a new beginning. It can be challenging to choose the right ring, especially when it comes to men’s wedding bands. However, with numerous options available, choosing the perfect style that reflects you or your man’s personality has never been easier.  

Once you have chosen your dream wedding ring, why not make your mark with a meaningful inscription? James Allen offers free engraving on most of our wedding bands.

Still got questions? Our high-rated 24/7 customer service team will gladly assist you. 

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Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Jewelry

Need inspiration for picking out the best wedding jewelry for brides? We’ve got several useful tips for choosing the perfect wedding jewelry to make you glow on your special day.

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Congratulations, you’re about to walk down the aisle!!! We know it’s stressful, with all the wedding planning and last-minute hurdles, but it’s still a one-of-a-kind moment you’ll remember forever. And at this moment, it’s only fitting that you look and feel your absolute best! 

First, you say yes to the dress, and then you get to accessorize! But what wedding jewelry fits you best as a bride? We’re here to help you figure that out. 

Keep reading to learn how to choose the best wedding jewelry for your chosen bridal style. 

Wedding Jewelry Ideas & Inspiration

Picking out all the little bits and bobs for your wedding day can be tiring, especially if you have pesky opinions following your every move. But remember, this day is all about you and how you want to look and feel. Ignore the noise and follow your heart. 

Easier said than done, we know! It goes without saying that every bride and groom needs a little inspo, whether you’re adding ideas to your Pinterest board or looking online. 

So let’s start by understanding what type of look you’re going for. Our hot tip here is to keep your wedding dress style in mind. It’s the simplest way to go about choosing your wedding jewelry. 

Classic Wedding Jewelry

The classics are loved for a reason. It’s known that bridal jewelry usually sways toward the ever-popular pearl. Pearl jewelry sets are a traditional choice for brides-to-be because they add the perfect chic aesthetic. 

If your bridal look is classic chic, make a play for pearls. You can always find pearl jewelry in various colors, from white, pink, gray, and black. Shop online to find a wider variety of styles, designs, and metal choices. 

Romantic Wedding Jewelry

Romantic wedding jewelry moves more towards fairytale-inspired styles, from floral designs to jewelry set in rose gold. Here, you want to pick pieces that are a little softer on the eyes, perhaps with light colors that speak to the romantic element you’re adding to your bridal look. 

This look is especially memorable for daytime weddings that are set in gardens, vineyards, or any nature-centric venue. Captivate your groom and guests by choosing wedding jewelry that makes you look like the woodland bride you dreamed of being. 

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Diamond Wedding Jewelry

This one is for the bride who wants to make a glittering statement and remain the center of attention throughout her special day. Diamond wedding jewelry and, more importantly, diamond wedding jewelry sets are perfect for the bride who wants all eyes on her. 

In this case, you should be looking out for a tennis bracelet, diamond necklace, and diamond earrings. We know the word “diamond” might shake the wedding budget. But fear not; you can always opt for lab grown diamond jewelry at a third of the price of earth created diamond jewelry. 

Let this be your “something new” gift if your family and friends are so inclined! 

Diamond wedding jewelry

Boho Wedding Jewelry

Now, this is for the bride who loves all things boho. Boho weddings have been on-trend for many years now, and their popularity isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For the bride who wants to throw tradition to the wind (or tone it down a bit), we’ve got the perfect tips for picking your wedding jewelry. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals and add several mismatched designs to your wedding day look. Try jewelry designs with textures, organic gemstone colors, and don’t be afraid to try on some larger-shaped jewelry. 

Boho wedding jewelry

Our Top Tips For Picking Bridal Jewelry 

Once you’ve put your bridal style into a specific category, remember to keep these top tips in mind for choosing your wedding jewelry.

Incorporate Your Sentimental Accessories

Make your day even more meaningful by adding your family heirlooms to your bridal accessories. Whether it be an old piece of jewelry from a special woman in your life or an accessory given to you by a close family member or friend, there’s always a way to fit it into your day. 

Some brides make sure their “something borrowed” is more than an afterthought by taking it with them as they look for a dress, ensuring it’ll match. If you don’t want to center your style around one piece of jewelry, you can always alter your look for the wedding reception and have it be a significant part of that moment. 

Related post: Something Borrowed & Something Blue: Meaning And Ideas

Mismatched Pieces Can Work

Too many styles to choose from? We’ve been there! Do some research, and you’ll find that some metals definitely work to complement each other, and it can be done in a classy way. While some metal colors fight each other, it’s easy to tell which works. You only need to trust your eyes. 

Getting out of your comfort zone may be challenging, especially knowing your wedding pictures are there forever. That being said, why not look back at those photos and think, “wow, I made a statement.” 

Change Your Look

Think of weddings as a two-part series. First, you have the ceremony, your all-eyes-on-me moment, and then you have the wedding reception. Apart from speeches, this is the time of your wedding when you can let loose and have fun. 

So, why not change your look? Many brides take a moment to swap out of their first dress and put on something more moveable for the reception. This will give you the perfect excuse to throw on new wedding jewelry. And if you don’t want a second dress, an accessory switch-up will be just as noticeable and fun! 

Match Your Necklace To Your Neckline

Here’s one of our more practical tips for choosing wedding jewelry. Always match your necklace to your neckline. Why is this important? 

Well, some believe the general rule of thumb is to pick one that follows the neckline of your dress. 

If you’re wearing a V-neck, accessorize with a pendant. For off-the-shoulder gowns, a choker or a statement piece works best for strapless dresses. If you’re not into those options, simply remember the necklace should sit on your skin, never the dress. 

Generational Trends Aren’t For Everyone

We know it’s hard to say no to mom and grandma, but sometimes they don’t know best. Your wedding is a celebration of you and your soon-to-be spouse. They’re hoping to recognize the person they marry while you walk down the aisle. That’s why it’s so important that you dress and style yourself according to your preferences and personal tastes. 

When it comes to your wedding jewelry, trust your instincts and go with the pieces that make you feel like you

Your Personal Style Is More Important Than Current Trends

We all jump on trends. No one’s hating. But remember that terrible feeling you get when you look at your old photos and ask yourself, “what was I thinking?” When reminiscing about your wedding album, let’s avoid that feeling at all costs. 

Stick with what you love! Trust your preferences and your style, and don’t go too crazy with current trends. Some statements are groundbreaking, and others make us cringe, so use caution when choosing your wedding jewelry based on what’s in right now. 

FAQs

  1. What jewelry is appropriate for a wedding? 

As a wedding guest, your accessories shouldn’t be overly flashy with the chance that you might upstage the bride. However, if you’re close with the bride or groom, consult with them if you want to wear a piece of jewelry you’re unsure of. 

  1. Should you wear silver or gold jewelry for your wedding? 

The metal you choose to wear for your wedding is entirely your preference. There are no right or wrong answers. But it might help to see if the metal you want suits your dress and then decide. 

  1. What kind of earrings should a bride wear? 

A bride can wear anything from classic pearl earrings to diamond or blue gemstone studs. In reality, it’s best to choose the style of earrings based on your hairstyle for the event and the dress style you’ve chosen.

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Wedding Rings for Women: A Buying Guide

While popping the question, and the engagement ring that goes with it, can get the bulk of the attention, the wedding ring is just as important. A crucial part of the wedding ceremony and a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment, you want to make sure the wedding ring you choose is perfect.

From different delicious metals, sparkling diamonds and gemstones, and numerous styles, choosing the right wedding ring can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in! Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting the perfect wedding ring.

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What Is A Wedding Ring?

So what IS a wedding ring? While the engagement ring is what you wear when you are intended to be married, the wedding ring is what you exchange during the ceremony and what you wear once you are officially married.

What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize?

A wedding ring marks the love between you and your partner and is a symbol to the world of your commitment to each other that you wear and see everyday.

Your wedding ring is emblematic of your wedding vows, a beautiful reminder of the meaningful words you said to your partner on that special day.

The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And a Wedding Band

This one is easy, there isn’t one! Wedding rings and wedding bands are the same things. The terms are used interchangeably and both refer to the ring you exchange during your wedding ceremony to symbolize your commitment to your partner.

Wedding Rings For Women

Simple wedding rings

Many people prefer a simple wedding ring for women, such as a plain gold band style or a dainty wedding ring. This can be due to religious customs, personal style, or simply to match their engagement ring. This classic, clean style is also great if you have smaller hands.

Diamond Wedding Rings

A diamond wedding ring is the perfect way to increase the sparkle of your engagement ring and show off your personal style. Eternity rings are a great way to go if you love endless sparkle!

Just as the name says, eternity rings offer eternal shine through diamonds that go all the way around the band, giving you the ultimate bling from every angle.

If you opted out of an engagement ring or opted for a simpler engagement ring, then a diamond wedding ring is the perfect opportunity to add bling to your symbol of love.

Gemstone Wedding Rings

Gemstones are a great way to add sparkle and shine to your wedding ring while also getting a burst of color. Choose your favorite color, your birthstone, or maybe the stone of the month you got married in; whichever gemstones you choose, these are a great way to showcase your personal style.

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Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

Simply sparkling, if you sport a channel set or pavé engagement ring, a diamond wedding ring will seamlessly and flawlessly add the perfect amount of dazzle.

Prefer a more traditional look? Pair a wonderfully minimalist solitaire with a clean, cool wedding ring like these two, which were simply made for each other…just like you and your love.

No matter which style you prefer, James Allen has the matching set for you. Let us take the guesswork out of it!

Popular Metals Used In Wedding Rings

The choices when it comes to wedding rings for women are available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and of course, rose gold.

Platinum

Platinum is popular because it is strong, pure, and rare. It is also hypoallergenic, so it is a great choice for anyone with allergies or skin sensitivities. And while platinum carries a higher price point, it wears well over time, so it is a good investment.

White Gold

If you love the look of platinum but prefer a lower price point, or simply prefer to be adorned in gold, then white gold is the metal for you.

Yellow Gold & Rose Gold

Love gold but want some color in your band? Go for classic yellow gold! Want color but prefer something with a bit more romance? Rose gold is the perfect choice. Not sure if platinum or white gold is for you? Find out here!

Just like engagement rings, metals for wedding rings vary in popularity, and many factors must be considered. Make sure to take the following into consideration when choosing the metal for your wedding ring:

  • Matching to your engagement ring
  • Matching to your partner’s ring
  • Personal style
  • Budget
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How to Wear Your Wedding Ring

Many cultures see women wearing their wedding ring on the ring finger, on the left hand. This originated in ancient Greece with the belief that a vein there that leads to the heart is the vein of love. However, in other cultures, women wear the wedding ring on the ring finger on the right hand.

Still, others wear it on either hand, but not on any particular finger. Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules for this. Where you wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you.

Should You Get Matching Wedding Rings?

Once again, this is entirely personal to you and your partner. You may opt for a more simple, classic wedding ring while your partner may prefer something more alternative and modern. Or perhaps you want a ring that perfectly matches your engagement ring, while your partner wants a style all their own. 

Many couples now also shop for both engagement and wedding rings together. This can allow you to match your wedding rings to your engagement ring and each other. Matching wedding rings can be a beautiful way to symbolize your commitment, but don’t forget this is a ring you will wear every day.

So whether you match it to your partner’s ring, your engagement ring, or showcase your individual style, make sure it is a ring you love.

How To Find Your Wedding Ring Size

Here are a few easy ways you can find your wedding ring size:

  • Professional Jeweler: Visit a reputable jeweler and have them professionally measure your ring size.
  • Ring Sizing Kit: Use a ring sizing kit, available online or in jewelry stores, which provides a range of ring sizers for accurate measurement.
  • Existing Rings: If a ring fits well, place it on a ring sizing chart to determine the size.
  • Finger Measurement: Wrap a strip of paper or string around the intended finger and mark where it overlaps, then measure the length in millimeters.
  • Online Ring Sizing Tools: Many jewelry websites offer online tools to help you measure your ring size accurately at home.
  • Ring Size Chart Conversion: Convert the measured circumference or diameter into a ring size using a ring size conversion chart.

Simply click here to order your free James Allen ring sizer directly to your home. And hey, don’t worry! Even if you still get it wrong, James Allen will resize your ring once for free within one year of your purchase.

How Much Should Your Wedding Ring Cost?

Just like how much you should spend on an engagement ring, the amount you spend on your wedding ring is very personal. If you prefer a classic, plain metal band, then your costs will be lower. However, if your style is a blinged out eternity ring, then you will need to budget a bit more for all those dazzling diamonds.

Whether you choose to start with a classic and move to sparkle for an anniversary, there is no should here. The amount you spend will be related to your budget and style.

FAQs

Who buys the man’s wedding ring? 

Traditionally, the bride buys her groom’s wedding ring, and he buys his bride’s wedding ring. However, more and more couples are splitting these costs and avoiding the whole you buy him and he buys yours. Other couples make this a family affair. Maybe your family will buy your future husband his ring. Like so many things, who pays for the ring is a personal decision.

Can a woman just wear a wedding ring? 

Of course! You can wear whatever you want! And in fact, many women are hopping on this trend. Go for a glorious anniversary or eternity ring to get a wedding ring with all the bling.

Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, many wear their wedding ring on the ring finger on their left hand, the same as their engagement ring. However, some cultures wear the wedding ring on the right hand, separate from the engagement ring. Where you choose to wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you. Just think about it before, so you are sure to get the right size.

Do you still wear your engagement ring after you get married? 

Most people wear their engagement ring together with their wedding ring. This is why so many women match their wedding ring to their engagement ring, even picking them out at the same time to ensure continuity in style. However, this is totally your decision. If you want to save your engagement ring for only special occasions, then you do you boo!

Conclusion

Buying a wedding ring can be a daunting process. Luckily James Allen is here to take the guesswork out of it. Whatever your style and budget, we have the ring for you! Choose your metal, choose your look, check your size, and rock a ring that shines as bright as you!

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A Guide To Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples

Your wedding ring is the ultimate reflection of the lifelong commitment you’ve made to your special someone. But can it be stylish and unique to your relationship? Of course! Join us as we explore classic and contemporary designs and concepts for same-sex couple wedding bands.

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Wedding Rings for Same-Sex Couples 

So you’re finally heading down the aisle, but you need that special ring that says forever and looks great? 

Wedding ring shopping is far less stressful than picking out an engagement ring. Why? Well, this is something you and your partner can do together, there are a ton of classic and non-traditional rings to pick from, and you can make it as sentimental as you want. 

Picking a wedding ring has about as many rules for same-sex couples as it does for any other couple. The beauty of a wedding ring is that your chosen band will always remind you of your partner whenever you catch a glimpse of it. That’s why you can let your imaginations run wild and truly get a wedding ring that you love and that reflects your relationship. 

From matching wedding bands to rings with diamond accents and carved patterns, let us inspire you with our top picks for wedding rings for same-sex partners. 

To Match Or Not To Match

Matching wedding rings are a fun and sentimental choice for couples who want to be connected in a special way- like two halves of a whole. Wedding bands already carry such beautiful symbolism that getting matching bands only adds to your commitment and bond. 

But there are many ways to match that aren’t a direct copy-paste. Here are some of our favorite matching wedding rings with a twist.

Traditional same-sex couple wedding bands

If you and your fiancé prefer the more traditional route, that is, plain precious metal bands, we recommend going for the classic yellow and white gold route or even platinum. 

Classic wedding bands for men are usually a little thicker and also come in a variety of comfort-fit settings that can be domed, curved, or even flat.

14K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

But certainly, take your lifestyle into account. Do you or your partner work intense jobs where your hands bump into things? Do you work out often and lift weights?

If so, it might be better to invest in a set of matching rings with a stronger, more alternative metal like cobalt chrome. This is a white metal that could easily pass for gold, but it’s highly durable and scratch-resistant. 

Cobalt Chrome 6mm Comfort-Fit High Polished Design Ring

Traditional wedding rings for women are usually thinner gold metal bands that would typically look aesthetically pleasing with their engagement rings. However, in some cases with lesbian couples, both partners may have an engagement ring they’d like to match their wedding band too. 

This could make matching the rings a little problematic unless you’ve both got the same engagement ring metal color and even ring setting style. Alternatively, you could get matching wedding bands and wear them on the opposite hand as your engagement rings

If only one of you has an engagement ring, things get a little easier when it comes to picking your matching rings.

14K White Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Non-traditional same-sex couple wedding bands

Tradition is not for everyone, especially when your personal style or even beliefs don’t coincide. Now, we always believe that any piece of jewelry you own should reflect your personality or the meaning you hold to it. 

For men, carved wedding rings can add that hint of your personality with an element of modern style. These rings come in a variety of precious and alternative metals and popular two-toned options. Carved wedding rings for men aren’t just perfect for matching with your partner, but they’re also trendy and can elevate your look- from your wedding attire to your everyday outfits. 

14K White And Yellow Gold Smooth Satin Finish Comfort-Fit Band

For our non-traditional ladies, we have a few stunning options up our sleeve. Maybe the best way to match without really matching is by picking the same metal color but having different designs? 

Here, you both have some leeway to add elements of your personal style to your bands but still keep the foundation of your rings the same.

14K Rose Gold Round Diamond Station Cable Ring

Diamond & Gemstone Wedding Rings

While most wedding band styles steer away from flashy diamond or gemstone accents, there really is no rule saying you can’t have them. 

Eternity rings are another top choice as diamond wedding rings for same-sex couples. The romantic symbolism is undeniable and perfectly represents forever, with added sparkle!

14K White Gold 7.5 Mm Satin Finish Channel Set Diamond Ring
White Tungsten Carbide 8MM Black Sapphire Band By TRITON

Eternity and diamond stone rings can also be customized to fit your individual preferences. Let your partner know which diamond shape you prefer and what size suits you best. A dainty diamond band is perfect if it’ll sit alongside an engagement ring, alone, or stacked with your other favorite pieces. Thicker eternity rings are better as standalone pieces. 

If you and your fiancé chose not to get engagement rings then an eternity or diamond ring is a stunning choice as a wedding ring that can still give you dazzling diamond brilliance. 

14K White Gold Low Dome Basket Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring

Contemporary Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples

Is your or your partner’s style more out there and daring? If one or both of you want a truly unique wedding ring, opt for a patterned design. 

What we love most about rings with imagery, uniquely placed accents, and metal shaping is that they will always feel like they were made just for you. They’re so different and often theme-specific that you will have a deep connection to your ring above and beyond its ceremonial meaning.

14K Yellow Gold 0.25ctw Seven Stone Shared Prong Diamond Anniversary Ring

The best thing about contemporary wedding rings is the fact that they can mirror your interests. If you love nature or nature-inspired jewelry, there are patterned wedding bands that can reflect that.

14K White Gold And Grey Tantalum Faux Mokume Pattern Center 8mm Ring

Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples FAQs

  1. Do we need matching wedding rings?

The short answer is no. Matching wedding rings for same-sex partners is no more mandatory than it is for heterosexual couples. Matching rings is a personal choice you and your partner can make together.

  1. Which hand do we wear our rings on?

Same-sex couples have been known to wear their rings in a number of different ways. From the traditional way with the ring worn on the left hand, to both partners wearing their rings on their right hands. In the end, you should decide on the hand that is most comfortable for you.

  1. Should we customize our wedding rings?

Customized wedding rings can add a particularly personal touch to an already significant day. If you and your partner would like to customize your wedding bands, there are plenty of places to do so in-store and online.

  1. Should we shop together for wedding rings?

You can shop together if you’ve both planned the style of your wedding rings or you’d like to be there to choose your own. Of course, if you want it to be a surprise, you can always drop a hint to your partner and hope for the best.

  1. Do we have to buy each other wedding rings?

You and your significant other don’t have to buy wedding rings. Whether you don’t believe in the symbolism or you aren’t jewelry folks, it’s always up to you! There are no right or wrong ways to tie the knot.

  1. Should we engrave our wedding bands?

As a couple, getting your wedding bands engraved is a common and often thoughtful gesture to mark the rest of your lives together. At JamesAllen.com, you can get free engraving at checkout.

What Are You Waiting For?

When it comes to picking the dream wedding ring for you, your partner, or both of you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our site for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more!

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Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

If you’re looking to check off your holiday gift list and save money, then it’s your time to shine…literally! James Allen’s Black Friday deals are here! Read on to check out the best bling at the best prices. Shop early, save, and, best of all, sleep in on November 25th.

Black Friday jewelry gift guide 2022

James Allen Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of year again, the annual James Allen Black Friday sale! 25% off SITE WIDE! Save on everything! That piece you’ve been eyeing all year? Treat yo self! That engagement ring your love has been sending hint after hint for? Blow their mind with the bling!

Sparkle so bright they won’t remember you forgot their birthday? They’ll wish you would forget it every year! Shop early, save, avoid the chaos, and savor those turkey day leftovers.

Best Selling Black Friday Engagement Rings

A chill in the air and some ice on the finger. The most romantic time of year is upon us once again, the perfect time to pop the question or upgrade your current hardware. Whether you prefer a perfect pavé, a sophisticated solitaire, or a heavenly halo engagement ring, this is the ideal time to grab one of our 2022’s top trends.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Oh, how we love a solitaire engagement ring! You just can’t go wrong with this timeless, classic, and simply stunning style. Not only are solitaire settings budget-friendly and allow the focus to be solely on your center stone, but they also give an understated elegance beloved by all.

Worried a solitaire is too simple? Pshaw! Go for a thick or thin band, get modern with a knife edge or a six prong shank, or amp up the style with a rope or cable band. The options go on and on!

Choose from timeless yellow gold, romantic rose gold, brilliant white gold, or go for the strength of platinum. Whichever metal or style you choose, a solitaire engagement ring will always be in style. Check out these best-sellers for inspo, and go to JamesAllen.com for more!

Halo Engagement Rings

Stand in the light of a halo when you give your loved one of our halo engagement rings. This style, where your center stone is surrounded by a literal halo of diamonds, gives your already shining ring enhanced elegance and sparkle.

Do you subscribe to the bigger is better theory? Then halo rings are for you! The halo of diamonds around your center stone will make your ring look even bigger than it is. It’s no wonder their popularity continues to grow.

After all, is more shine ever a bad thing? Take a look at some of the halos our customers just love, and check out more here!

Pavé Engagement Rings

Love the look of being surrounded by diamonds but don’t have the budget of being surrounded by diamonds, then look to the pavé! Pavé literally means to cover, as in to pave something. Pavé engagement rings feature bands that are covered in diamonds.

What is great is that the diamonds are tiny, making them affordable and allowing you to satisfy that champagne taste! All these tiny diamonds reflect light, allowing a beautiful sparkle that can be seen from every angle.

A ring that dazzles this bright is sure to get that yes! Need some inspo? These beauties are best sellers for a reason!

Fine Jewelry Black Friday Deals

Figuring out what to get all the people on your list can be a pain in the you know what! Fine jewelry to the rescue! It always makes a great gift! Whatever their style, whomever the recipient, whichever pieces are preferred, jewelry is the gift that never fails.

Gold Jewelry

There’s a reason it’s called The Gold Standard. Gold is always great; whether you prefer yellow, white, or rose, gold is the gift that keeps on going. Get in on the minimalist trend with gold pieces that you’ll never want to take off. Sport a perfect pair of gold hoop earrings, a cute cuff, an initial necklace, and a statement ring. 

Speaking of statement rings, why go for just one when you can stack ‘em? Wear them on the same finger or get multiple for different fingers because when it comes to stackable rings, it’s like holiday guests, the more the merrier!

Wear your gold jewelry together, separately, or mix and match for a clean, elegant look.

Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

Love diamonds but want to save even more? Then our lab created diamond jewelry collection is for you! Lab created diamonds are great because they are 100% real diamonds, cost less than their counterparts found in the earth, and at James Allen, are certified conflict-free.

Lab grown diamonds are also the perfect way to build your fine jewelry basics collection. Go for a timeless tennis necklace, a perfect solitaire ring, a set of cluster earrings, and a station dash bracelet to pull the collection together.

Is your best friend such a Libra? Is your sister the ultimate Gemini? Sounds like they need a piece from our gorgeous constellation collection. No matter their sign, we got the shine to match!

Complete the set with a pair of lab grown diamond hoop earrings, go for a heavenly halo ring, or choose a perfect pendant. No matter what you choose, our lab created diamond pieces are just what every jewelry box needs.

Birthstone Jewelry

Celebrate a birthday this holiday season, no matter when you were born! Rock the wintery gem of December with beautiful topaz pieces and feel hot hot hot while sporting these icy cool blues. Choose the deep red of January’s garnet and feel regal everytime you put it on.

From the deep shades of September’s sapphires to the engaging greens in May’s emeralds, birthstone jewelry looks good every month of the year. Were you born in October but have the soul of an April baby, pair a stunning opal necklace with a diamond bolo bracelet. Throw in a ruby ring for a pop of color to honor all those July babies you know and love.

James Allen’s collection of birthstone jewelry is so gorgeous you’ll wish you had a birthday every month of the year!

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Women

The James Allen Black Friday sale is also a great time to get that dream wedding ring! Whether you’re looking for your perfect wedding ring for the big day, to add a beautiful piece to your wedding ring collection, or simply want to upgrade your current wedding ring, we have the style for you.

Want a classic ring to match your timeless love? Go for one of our simply sophisticated classic wedding rings. Available in yellow, white, rose gold, and even platinum, as well as different widths, and even styles (check out our knife edge for a classic ring with a twist); we’ve got the right ring for you!

Do you need a ring that sparkles as bright as your smile? Our collection of diamond wedding rings will leave you wanting for words.

Whether you want diamonds that go on and on, like our dazzling eternity rings, or maybe you want a pavé wedding ring to match your pavé engagement ring, our seemingly endless collection of women’s wedding rings has the perfect ring waiting for you.

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Men

Your man deserves a ring that will make everyone go wow! We know this is an important purchase, one of the most important pieces of jewelry you’ll ever buy, and you don’t want to buy just any old ring. 

Classic men’s wedding rings are simply timeless. Whether you prefer a slimmer 4mm ring, or want a slightly thicker 6mm band, these enduring rings are available in varying widths, metals, and finishes. From comfort fit to slightly flat or slightly curved, these stylish rings allow you to take a classic look to the next level.

Do you love the classic look but want to give it a twist? Go for a bold, black tantalum ring. Whether you prefer one with a pattern, a satin finish, or one mixed with gold, there are so many choices for men’s wedding rings that you are sure to find your favorite.

Final Thoughts

It’s never a bad thing to be ahead of the game, at least when it comes to holiday shopping! Get that list, check it twice, and finish shopping before everyone else has even started. As they elbow their way through the crowds and set their alarms before the sun, you’ll be fast asleep, dreaming of how you got gifts everyone will love and at a discount. So head on over to JamesAllen.com because sparkle season starts now!

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Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

Make your day unforgettable with a free wedding ring engraving.

Ring engraving ideas

Amidst the hectic, public extravaganza that is your wedding, a meaningful wedding ring engraving gives the person you love a little extra attention. And DYK? You can engrave your wedding ring for free at checkout.

WEDDING RING ENGRAVINGS: WRITTEN IN THE STARS

But out of everything you could say, what’s the right inscription for you? Take a look below at our customers’ words for some amazing wedding ring engraving ideas!

Why engrave your wedding ring?

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s personal
  3. You can match it to your partner’s 
  4. Suits the ceremony

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS: A ROMANTIC PHRASE

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Platinum Matching Wedding Band

Platinum Three Stone Sunburst Wedding Ring

Platinum 8mm Satin Finish Channel Set Diamond Band

More Ideas:

  • For a lifetime
  • Dreams Do Come True
  • Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  • With You Always
  • Joined for Life
  • Yours Forever
  • You & Only You
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • “ALWAYS & FOREVER”
  • “TO MY WIFE”

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS: YOUR SPECIAL DATE

This is your biggest day! Incorporate your wedding date into your ring engraving as a way to emphasize the importance of your special day.

14K Yellow Gold Matching Pavé Wedding Band

Platinum Blue Sapphire And Diamond Arrow Shape Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

14K Rose Gold Slightly Curved Round Diamond Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS: GET GOOFY

Why hide it? You’re adorable.

14K White Gold Round And Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 6.0mm Low Dome Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Pavé Knife Edge Cathedral Diamond Wedding Ring

More ideas:

  • DIGGIN’ YOU
  • WOOT WOOT!
  • YOU’RE HOT
  • NO TAKE BACKS
  • DO NOT REMOVE
  • LOVE YOU, DORK
  • BETTER THAN AVOCADO

Multilingual Engravings

More ideas: 

  • In Omnia Paratus (Latin: Ready For Anything)
  • Ma Raison D’être (French: My Reason For Being)
  • עם כל ליבי (Hebrew: With All My Heart)
  • Mi Tesoro (Spanish: My Treasure)

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS: SONG LYRICS

Engraving song lyrics is a wonderful way to honor you and your partner’s favorite song or to memorialize the lyrics of the first song you’ll dance to as a married couple! Warning: be ready to cry!

Platinum Perfectly Matched Pavé Bypass Wedding Ring

Platinum Round Shaped Diamond Wedding Ring (.50 CTW.)

Platinum 6mm Etched Comfort Fit Wedding Band

14K Yellow Gold 2.5mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring

More ideas

  • ” Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra.
  • ” You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
  • “It Had to Be You,” Dooley Wilson 
  •  it’s always better when we’re together” “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
  • “I Am The Luckiest” “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
  • “Love You Forever And Forever” “I Will,” The Beatles

Bible Verses

By inscribing a bible verse in your rings, you can say a LOT in just a few characters. These ancient texts hold rich messages that have been beloved for thousands of years. Imbue your bands with an additional special meaning by connecting it to the verse that most resonates with you.

Platinum 6mm Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 3mm Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

More ideas

  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
  • I thank my God every time I think of you. Philippians 1:3
  • Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:9
  • God has poured out his love into our hearts. Romans 5:5
  • I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4
  • I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 2:16
  • Where You Go I Will Go Ruth 1:16

Love Writ Large (and small)

How will you and your partner engrave your rings? This is an excellent chance for you both to eloquently personalize them in a way that honors the nuances of your specific relationship.

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What Is The Correct Way To Wear Wedding Rings?

There are many options when it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring. But it is important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to your personal style.

We’ve put together the most frequently asked questions when it comes to both engagement and wedding rings. From age-old traditions to popular fashion statements, these answers might surprise you. 

We pretty much have diamonds and rings on the brain all day, every day. But there is a lot more to it than just carat sizes and diamond shapes. Giving and receiving engagement and wedding rings are rooted in tradition and have great personal meaning.

Soon, you’ll be walking down the aisle and you might be wondering, is there a right or wrong way to wear a wedding ring? Let’s get started and help you figure this one out.  

The Basics: Engagement And Wedding Rings 101

1. What Is The Ring Finger?

In many Western cultures, the ring finger is traditionally the fourth finger on the left hand. However, the “ring finger” is not the same in all countries and cultures.   

2. What Is The History And Meaning Behind The Ring Finger?

The idea and symbolism of a “ring finger” date back to Ancient Rome. The Romans believed this finger has a vein that directly runs to a person’s heart, called “Vena Amoris,” which means “vein of love.” Therefore, it is believed that a ring should be placed on this finger to signify the romance of a newly married couple as their two hearts would be connected.

Unfortunately, due to modern-day understanding of anatomy, it’s clear that all fingers have venous connections to the heart. Yet, for the most part, tradition still stands for many couples who designate the same finger to signify their commitment to each other.

3. Can I Wear A Ring On My Ring Finger If I’m Not Engaged Or Married?

There are no rules when it comes to this answer. You may have heard the old wives’ tale that says wearing a ring on your “ring finger” when you are not married could bring you bad luck.

For women who are not superstitious, this may not bother them at all. For others, this might be something they strongly believe in and avoid at all costs until the right moment comes. The truth is, this is completely up to you!

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4. Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: What’s The Difference?

Nowadays, there is a lot of tradition mixed with modernism when it comes to engagement and wedding rings. Each ring signifies a different milestone. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of the proposal or soon after the couple decides to get engaged.

The wedding ring is traditionally given at the wedding ceremony. A wedding band is often a relatively simple design, while an engagement ring tends to feature diamonds or gemstones, depending on the wearer’s style. 

5. What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize? 

For many, a wedding ring simply represents a start of a new chapter. However, there is a lot more significance to a wedding ring than we may know. Firstly the shape of the ring – a circle universally symbolizes infinity and eternity.

Historically, the idea behind a wedding ring is that it has no beginning and no end. This brings us to the next symbolism, eternal love and commitment.  

6. What Is A Promise Ring And Which Finger Does It Go On?

Believe it or not, promise rings also date back to Ancient Roman times and are believed to be tokens of love exchanged between couples.

Today, a promise ring is, for the most part, gifted in the same way, but the actual “promises” behind this ring can have different meanings for different people.

Commitment is a general idea here, but whether that commitment is to an upcoming engagement, abstinence until marriage, the idea of forever, or the immediate future.

In terms of placement, no rules exist here but many people wear it on the left ring finger, as a placeholder for a future engagement ring, or on the right ring finger. 

14K White Gold Diamond Wedding Ring
18K Yellow Gold 6mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

7. How To Wear A Wedding Ring?

Traditionally, your engagement ring and wedding ring are worn together on the same finger. That is commonly known as the ring finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it resides closest to your heart, with the engagement ring following on the outside.

As most people prefer to wear these two rings together, there are many wedding ring sets that are specifically designed to match each other. This is a very popular choice for many when planning their engagement and wedding rings.

However, another option that some people choose is to wear their wedding ring on top of their engagement ring to keep it secure on the finger. 

8. In What Order Should I Wear My Engagement And Wedding Ring?

Conventionally, couples wear the wedding band “closest to their heart,” meaning the wedding band is stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. However, some people like to wear their wedding band on top of their engagement ring as a way to secure it on the finger.

9. How Much Do Wedding Rings Cost?

While there is no one size fits all answer, experts have found the average couple spends approximately $1,100 for a female wedding ring. While the average cost of a male wedding ring is $500. Of course, this also depends on the type of metal you choose as well as any other detailing such as diamonds, gemstones, or even a black wedding ring. 

14K White Gold Seven Stone Oval Shape Diamond Ring

10. When Did Men Start Wearing Wedding Rings? 

Even though wedding rings have been a part of wedding traditions and etiquette, men only began to wear wedding rings during the middle of the 20th century. It’s believed this was done so as it was a symbol of their marital status.

Additionally, many men at the forefront of the wars chose to wear their wedding rings as a remembrance of their wives and families at home.

11. Can Men Wear Engagement Rings?

The answer is YES! Although the vast majority of men do not receive or wear an engagement ring, today, many men choose to do so. There have even been many popular celebs seen sporting dazzling engagement rings.

For the most part, men only choose to wear a wedding ring. However, some men want an engagement ring to show they are in a committed relationship. And the good news is there are so many options.

If you’re looking for inspiration, did you know celebs like Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé have been seen sporting bold men’s engagement rings? 

12. Which Finger Do Men Wear Their Wedding Rings On?

To put it simply, there is no difference between the fingers that men and women wear their wedding rings on. Most couples typically wear their rings on the same finger and hand as their spouse. However, in the United States, and many other Western cultures, men’s wedding rings are traditionally worn on the ring finger on the left hand. 

Black Titanium 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished High Polished Center Cut Carved Design Ring

13. Should We (As A Couple) Have Matching Wedding Rings? 

The answer to this question completely depends on your preference (and of course your partner). For some couples, this is one of the most perfect ways to symbolize their love and show how they are coming together as one.

However, for other couples expressing individuality in a marriage is important so this might not be desirable or even practical. Your wedding ring is something that you will be wearing for the rest of your life so if you and your spouse decide to not have matching wedding rings…it’s totally OK! Don’t be afraid to be original!

14. What Is The Most Popular Metal For Wedding Rings? 

Gold has traditionally been the most popular metal for wedding rings. Even though several different types of gold can be used for both wedding and engagement rings, yellow gold engagement rings have been a long-time classic for many people all over the world.

Nowadays, white gold has become a very popular choice for wedding rings and, of course, the very trendy rose gold too. 

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Still Have Questions? 

At James Allen.com, our customer service agents are available to you 24/7. Feel free to contact us, and one of our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts will help answer all your questions.  

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Are You A “Normal” Ring Shopper?

Want to know how you compare to other ring shoppers? We can tell you thanks to this survey collaboration with SWNS.

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When do I know I’m ready to get married?

Half of Americans in a relationship knew they wanted to marry their partner the moment they met. In fact, that statistic holds up across genders! 46% of women and 47% of men immediately knew that their partner was the one. 

What about those who are skeptical of marriage? A third of respondents say that their current partner made them want to get married – that’s a quarter of women and half of men.

What does this mean for you? Well, there doesn’t seem to be much of a correlation between how long a couple dates and the strength of their marriage. Whatever feels right is right for you. It doesn’t particularly matter whether it takes months or years for you two to arrive at the altar. Your journey is your own, but the destination is the same for each married couple. 

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After the wedding, should I wear my wedding ring, my engagement ring, or both?

If you’re asking yourself, “How should I wear my wedding ring set?” then we’ve got news for you: there are no absolute rules regarding how to wear your rings! After the wedding, most Americans wear their wedding ring closest to their knuckle, paired with their engagement ring just over it. 

Other ring options:

  • Wear your full wedding set, but swap the order: the engagement ring closest to the knuckle, with the wedding ring further down on your finger.
  • Wear only your wedding ring

If you like your wedding ring best, or if your engagement ring tends to get in the way in your day-to-day life, then you may want to wear your wedding ring exclusively.

  • Wear only your engagement ring

Do you like your engagement ring more than your wedding band? Then leave your wedding band at home! You’re still celebrating your relationship, just with more emphasis on your sparkling center stone.

  • Wear your wedding ring and engagement ring on different hands

This can be a great choice for those whose wedding ring and engagement ring don’t sit flush. Or, on the other hand, your local tradition may dictate this. In Spain, for instance, the engagement ring usually goes on the left hand, while the wedding ring usually goes on the right. 

  • Wear your wedding ring and engagement ring on different fingers

Other than for style reasons, this choice is common for those whose fingers have changed size, particularly post-pregnancy. If this strikes a chord, remember that James Allen offers free ring resizing either via mail or in select Jared jewelry stores.

  • Wear your wedding ring and engagement ring on the right hand

In some cultures, right > left. In fact, Catholic and eastern European tradition dictates that the wedding and engagement ring both be worn on the right hand. 

All in all, only about half of respondents constantly wear their wedding rings and engagement rings together. The other half either wear only one ring or forgo wearing rings altogether.

The bottom line: you do you, boo.

How long should I save up for an engagement ring?

This is totally up to you. A quarter of Americans say they don’t believe there’s a set amount of time, while 65% of Americans believe you should save up for a year at maximum. 

However, there’s no majority consensus. How do people determine how much a ring should cost?

  • You can set your ring budget by the amount of money you can save in a certain number of months
  • You can determine a budget independent of time constraints
  • You can find your dream ring and save up until you have enough to purchase it

The time necessary to save up money is heavily dependent on both your budget and the price of your desired ring. And if your budget is inflexible, here are some options for lowering the overall cost of your ring!

Important: James Allen offers special financing options if you can’t fully afford your ring right now, but still want to get engaged ASAP!

How much should my engagement ring cost?

Just 15% of Americans believe an engagement ring should cost over $5,000. Why is this important? It means you shouldn’t feel pressured to buy an expensive ring.

If you want to splurge on an impressive ring, go for it! You can always add more diamonds to the basket and shank, upgrade to a more pricey diamond, or choose platinum as your ring metal.

On the other hand, you should know that smaller budgets are extremely common. Additionally, many people’s dream rings fall well within their ring budgets! 

If you’re operating within a smaller budget, have a look at our favorite affordable engagement rings. You and your wallet will fall in love!

Is it important to buy an expensive engagement ring?

71% of Americans don’t really care about the cost of the engagement ring.

What seems to be most important is that the ring suits the recipient. If your dream ring is priced higher than your current budget allows, there are plenty of ways to adjust your ring’s cost without compromising on appearance.

Ways to reduce the cost of your engagement ring:

  1. Choose a lab grown diamond, which can cost up to 50% less than a traditional natural diamond.
  2. Go for slightly under full carats. For instance, the price difference between a .95 carat diamond and a 1.00 carat diamond is significant, but the size difference is not noticeable to the naked eye.
  3. Choose an elongated diamond shape, which appears large for its carat weight.
  4. Want a white jewelry metal? Go for white gold rather than platinum.
  5. Compromise on color. The less colorless a diamond is, the more affordable it is. Save money on a diamond with a slightly yellow tint, then pair it with a yellow or rose gold setting. The warm jewelry metal will mask the diamond’s color and no one can tell the difference!
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Should we share the cost of an engagement ring?

4 out of 10 couples share the cost of their engagement ring. An engagement ring is a big purchase! Not only can sharing the cost be a practical decision (and perhaps one that would allow for a more expensive ring), but taking this important journey together can bring a couple closer to one another.

Whether or not you share the cost of an engagement ring, here’s why we recommend designing your ring together.

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Should I get a custom engagement ring or a pre-set engagement ring?

36% of ring shoppers prefer a customized engagement ring, while 26% would rather go with a pre-set ring.

Any of James Allen’s rings can be customized with your unique gemstone and jewelry metal. For additional customization with unique baskets, halos, and shanks, visit the Ring Studio.

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What’s the perfect proposal?

Ring in the champagne glass? “Will You Marry Me?” written in the sky? An impromptu proposal at home?

71% of Americans prefer a traditional proposal, in which a partner gets down on one knee and pops the question. It’s traditional, but there are a thousand and one ways to do it! Customize your proposal to your hearts’ content. 

Which proposal will suit the two of you?

  • Just the two of you vs. alongside friends and family
  • A destination proposal vs. a proposal at home
  • Simple vs. extravagant
  • Impromptu vs. planned

Check out our Engagement Moments for proposal inspiration from real-life James Allen customers. And for some currently relevant inspiration, have a look at our list of 9 COVID-friendly proposal ideas.

More ring-shopping guidance to browse:

  1. Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts
  2. At-Home Proposal Ideas From TV & Film
  3. Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples
  4. Engagement Ring Etiquette: 5 Big Questions

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Men’s Wedding Rings For Different Lifestyles

We’ve taken the time to break down all major considerations to help you find the perfect men’s wedding band to symbolize forever. 

A man with white All Stars, rolling up his pant leg while showing off his wedding band.

We know how important it is to find a wedding ring that fits your unique lifestyle. There are men’s wedding bands that cater to just about any lifestyle and hobby we can think of. From classic yellow gold to stylish black wedding rings, dynamic metal options make it easier to enjoy your favorite activities without stress.

Whether you’re the kind of man who enjoys leisure or one who spends his time doing extreme sports, there is a metal and style that is the ideal fit for you. We’ve even considered that you might be both these men in one fun package – there’s a ring for that, too. 

Take all your possible questions and worries, and allow us to confidently help you find the perfect wedding ring that will sit on your finger the day you say “I do.” Scroll down to see our six important factors to consider when buying the wedding ring your soon-to-be spouse will melt over. And if your partner is sitting right beside you now, remember they know best. 

Make Yourself Comfy 

Having a comfortable men’s wedding band is essential for any man who might be wearing this type of jewelry for the first time. A softer metal like white or yellow gold is the best option here. Men working with their hands or those in an office space will benefit most from this metal while looking great at the same time. Gold rings may need some minor buffing and polishing in the long term, but they’re a popular classic for a reason.

Both these metals are valuable and less expensive than platinum. White gold is slightly stronger with a cooler undertone, while yellow gold is more malleable and warm. One of the most comforting attributes of these metals is that they suit just about anyone and leave no room for insecurities or fuss. 

Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring 

14K White Gold 4mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

A ring to wear for unforgettable comfort with a classic touch. 

Slightly Flattened Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 5.5mm Slightly Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Classy and elegant: two features that’ll never lead you wrong.

When we talk about comfortability, we’re also going beyond metal and venturing towards ring style. Familiarize yourself with the term “comfort-fit.” This term is generally used to describe a ring that has a domed interior. This style is perfect if you want to avoid irritants to your skin and uncomfortable cuts to your finger.

Titanium is also a softer metal that offers its wearer more comfort and is a lighter weight than steel. It’s perfect for family men who want a durable yet comfy metal that can survive everyday wear. 

Black Titanium Satin Finish Comfort Fit Wedding Ring  

Black Titanium Satin Finish 6.5mm Comfort Fit Ring

A contemporary satin look for the ultimate style and comfort. 

Titanium Comfort Fit Hammered-Finished Wedding Ring

Titanium 7mm Comfort-Fit Hammered-Finished Design Ring

A lighter side of strength with this rounded polished interior. 

Durable For Your Lifestyle  

Active lifestyles can mean anything from regular sports to high-intensity construction jobs. Investing in a ring with high durability is the only way to save yourself the grief and frustration of having to fix scratches or breaks on your wedding ring

Platinum is the first metal that comes to mind when we talk about durability. It’s rare and dense, making it suitable for rougher lifestyles. A bonus to look forward to when investing in this metal is the fact that it will likely last a lifetime while maintaining its beauty. Take it from us, this metal is perfect for men’s wedding bands and a smart buy as a future family heirloom. 

Next, let’s dive into cobalt chrome™. This metal will maintain its original condition even under the most intense wear and tear. It’s lighter than platinum, making it easier to wear, and it comes in various styles. 

Platinum High Polished Beveled Edge Wedding Ring

Platinum 6mm Comfort-Fit High Polished Beveled Edge Band

Polished perfect that slides and rests easily on the finger. 

Cobalt Chrome™ Stair Step Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Cobalt Chrome™ 9MM Stair Step Comfort Fit Ring

A little shatter-proof edge to your ring, sir? 

Scratch Resistant Rings

No one enjoys seeing scratches on their property. Not on our phones, cars, and certainly not on our wedding bands. The issue is, no matter what we do, scratches appear out of nowhere regardless of what protective measures we take. This is especially true if you’re a man who enjoys the outdoors or works in an industry where bumping his ring is a given. 

Fret not, we have a solution to your problem. Tungsten is, without a doubt, the most scratch-resistant metal that exists. Incredibly, the only material out there that would be able to scratch your wedding ring is a diamond. It’s a tough metal making it impossible to bend out of shape and, unfortunately, impossible to resize. 

Another favorite is the metal tantalum. It’s an excellent choice for men’s engagement rings as it’s highly durable against scratching and breakage. It’s an oddly vibrant futuristic metal and is virtually indestructible. Like tungsten, this metal is perfect for men working in harsh conditions, especially fields with chemicals and heat.

Tantalum Channel Set Black Diamond Wedding Ring 

Tantalum 7.5mm Channel Set Black Diamond Satin Finished Comfort Fit Ring

Tantalum strength and a touch of elegance with black diamonds.  

Yellow Tungsten Bevel Edge Wedding Ring By TRITON

Yellow Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bevel Edge Band By TRITON

A unique high-tech high-style creation using yellow tungsten carbide. 

Best Hypoallergenic Metals

Being active may cause your hands to sweat and develop ring rash but there are some metals that can prevent this extremely well. Keep this list of all the hypoallergenic metals in mind when you purchase your ring:

  • Tantalum and Cobalt Chrome™ (without nickel) are great for medical and chemical applications because it’s both hypoallergenic and bio-compatible.   
  • Tungsten is also hypoallergenic and a great substitute for those allergic to yellow gold wedding bands.
  • Platinum is hypoallergenic and a perfect replacement for white gold men’s wedding bands because it has no traces of nickel. 
  • Titanium is also safe to wear and anti-allergenic.
  • Platinum is 95% pure, making it the most hypoallergenic metal choice. 
  • Ceramic contains no unwanted components in its composition. 

Ceramic Satin-Finished Wedding Ring

Ceramic Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished Round Edge Design Ring

A lightweight and long-lasting ceramic masterpiece. 

Faceted Center Groove Wedding Ring

Platinum Satin Finish And Faceted Center Groove Comfort Fit Band

Shine bright with the highly polished facet and light-reflective groove. 

Aesthetically Pleasing

Beauty is in the eye of the wedding band holder, and that’s why we can’t tell you which ring is the most handsome. We can, however, let you in on which of our rings frequently make the bestsellers list and those that have a little extra pizazz. After all, there’s no shame in wanting your ring to be an extension of your unique style and personality.

If you like being outside and active, it’s likely one of these metals will have a pattern that mirrors your hobby. If you prefer office life and are more easygoing, yellow and white gold, along with platinum are softer metals that can be engraved for a more personal and intimate touch.   

Tantalum, Cobalt Chrome, Titanium, and Tungsten are high on the list of stylish wedding bands for men who want that extra appeal to their ring. While the classics are always timeless, these metals are making the rounds with their exciting designs and unique styles. 

Fractured Texture & Grey Tantalum Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Fractured Texture Center And Grey Tantalum Edges 8mm Ring

We’re here to tell you fractured wall texture and grey tantalum edges are in.

Cobalt Chrome™ Carbon Fiber Inlay Wedding Ring

Cobalt Chrome™ 8mm Comfort Fit Ring With Black Carbon Fiber Inlay

Carved design perfection featuring a hammered-finished center with a milgrain pattern.

Affordable Quality

A wedding band isn’t an easy purchase or one you should take lightly. It’s a long-term investment in a piece of jewelry that you’ll not only be wearing forever but also represents your love and commitment. In short, it’s a pretty big deal. 

Lifestyle plays a significant role in how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding band, and so let’s compare two scenarios. If you see yourself in a fast-paced, rough, and tough environment with the need for durable wear, then it’s obvious you’ll need something that is damage-resistant and low maintenance. In this case, your best option is cobalt chrome™. Its combination of affordability, durability, scratch resistance, hypoallergenic qualities, and general look makes it the best choice for very active lifestyles on a budget. 

Our other scenario is that you’re the kind of man who is relatively active – not too intense – looking for a high-quality ring with extra shine and immortality. Your ideal wedding ring would be made from Platinum, the rarest metal that needs a bit of upkeep but holds great prestige. 

Titanium Satin Finished Beveled Edge Wedding Ring

Titanium 7mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished Beveled Edge Design Ring

Lightweight shine with all great qualities on a budget.

Cobalt Lava Pattern Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Cobalt Lava Pattern 6mm Comfort Fit Ring

The perfect cobalt combination with everything you need for an active lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to picking the right men’s wedding band for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our wedding ring page for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more! 

Looking for more wedding band inspo? Check out our wedding ring series here: 

  1. Men’s Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide
  2. Yellow Gold Wedding Bands: Sunshine Bling
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica is a seasoned content writer with four years of experience and a qualified gemologist. She enjoys educating new shoppers on the best practices for buying jewelry.

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