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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

Tradition says that we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but it does not say that green can’t sparkle and shine! You do not have to be from the Emerald Isle in order to rock these fabulous pieces. From engaging emeralds to radiant earrings, celebrate with the utmost luxury and style.

Who Was St. Patrick?

There are many legends around this 4th-century saint: that he drove snakes out of Ireland and explained religious doctrine using a shamrock. This slave turned saint was first celebrated in Ireland with religious services.

However, immigrants to the United States transformed this holiday into a largely secular celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is now famous for its fun celebrations, marked by parades and the color green, where both Irish and non-Irish participate in this sparkling shamrock fest.

The Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day
green water coming out of a fountain for St. Patrick's Day

Going Green

The entirety of March is often dedicated to going green for St. Patrick’s Day. Events can be found all over the country, marked by this signature color. 

Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day for many reasons. Green is a color of nationalism on the Irish flag, it is the color of the shamrock, an Irish symbol, and many believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns.

Wearing green would protect you from these mythical creatures who would pinch anyone NOT wearing the color.

Leprechaun asking are you wearing green?
Dancers for St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Celebrants have come to pinch anyone not wearing green, to remind them of their risk of being pinched by these supernatural beings of Irish folklore.

Green is also the color of spring and the shamrock, and for the last several decades, the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day.

Learn more about May’s birthstone and see celebrity-inspired ways to wear the gem here!

The Emerald Isle

Ireland is revered for its lavish green landscapes, earning it its famous nickname. The perfect green hue of emeralds matches the rolling hills of the Irish countryside; it is also quite symbolic. 

Green emeralds symbolize spring, rebirth, renewal, wisdom, and are even thought to have healing properties for eyes, ears, and skin. The gemstone is also thought to represent love, faithfulness, and eloquence.

Emeralds are also thought to improve wealth, intelligence, and creativity. Emerald engagement rings symbolize the love that will last forever. It is no wonder this sparkling lush gemstone is the choice of many for their engagement rings.

Check out some emerald engagement rings from James Allen or go here to design your own!

Round Split Halo Engagement Ring 

18K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring, 1.06 Carat Round Green Emerald

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows ay you find a pot of gold.”

-Old Irish Blessing

 Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring, 1.02 carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald

“Wishing you a pot o’ gold and all the joy your heart can hold.”

-Unknown

Bezel Set Engagement Ring

“We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”

-Marianne Williamson

Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring, 1.40 carat Round Natural Green Emerald

“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

-Jimmy Dean

Dazzle For St. Patrick’s Day

James Allen has many options to rock this glimmering green gemstone and sparkle with sophistication. Whether choosing a great pair of earrings, a beautiful bracelet, or a stunning necklace, you can avoid getting pinched with these perfectly green pieces that shine brighter than any pot of gold:

Alternating Oval Hoop Earrings

14K White Gold Alternating Oval Emerald And Round Diamond Hoop Earrings

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”

-Wilson Mizner

Emerald Birthstone Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Necklace

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

-Irish Blessing

Emerald Birthstone Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Earrings

“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.”

-Nora Roberts

Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

-Douglas MacArthur

May Birthstone Gifts

Emeralds might be May’s birthstone, but you’ll want to wear this charming gem no matter when you were born. Check out these pieces from James Allen and add color to your jewelry collection. Receiving pieces with this gemstone will truly have you feeling the luck of the Irish.

Oval Halo Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”

-Barbara Sher

Alternating Arrow Milgrain Bezel Ring

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Arrow Shape Milgrain Bezel Emerald And Diamond Ring

“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”

-Pope John Paul II

Marquise Emerald Pendant

14K White Gold Marquise Emerald And Diamond Pendant

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

-Tennessee Williams

Halo Emerald Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”

-Irish Proverb

Check out our other gemstone and birthstone guides:

February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz

Check out celebrity engagement rings and looks:

Sofia VergaraHailey Bieber * 2020 Oscars * Royal Engagements * Pippa Middleton * Miranda Kerr * Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, & More!

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Sarah Chin

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

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

In the world of how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Even the most “universal” traditions, as you’ll soon see, 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.

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

What’s the right way to wear my wedding ring?

With all the traditions and rituals involved in marriage, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of wedding “should”s. And there are a lot of them. But as far as how to wear a wedding ring, where to wear a wedding ring, and what your wedding ring should look like – there is quite a bit of room to express yourself! On the whole, the world of wedding rings is less rigid than that of engagement rings. 

Wedding Ring Pros: you have lots of flexibility in your style choice.

Wedding Ring Cons: you still have to navigate numerous, and possibly conflicting traditions. 

That’s why we’re here to set some order to the complicated world of how to wear a wedding ring.

18K White Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring
18K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

#1: What’s the difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring? 

Though there are a few key design differences, the main thing that sets these two types of rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal (from the proposer to the proposee), while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, wedding rings don’t have one focal point per se. They feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band. In this they’re more like the super-talented backup singer whose role is to gracefully point the attention to the star – your engagement ring.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Engagement Ring

In contrast to engagement rings, there are relatively few restrictions on how wedding rings should be worn and how they should look. Even so, navigating the myriad of loose cultural traditions and style possibilities can often be overwhelming. So let’s answer all your most pressing wedding ring questions, one by one!

#2: How should my wedding ring look?

Again, the answer is: anyway you’d like! There are very few customs concerning the actual design of a wedding ring. Here is a rundown of the most popular options.

 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.

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Eternity Ring
14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Eternity Ring

However, an eternity ring isn’t for everyone – non-circular rings are also a lovely option. This is particularly the case for anyone whose center stone is elongated – like a marquise, oval, or pear – and prevents the engagement ring from sitting flush with a round wedding ring. Two excellent alternatives are custom-curved rings or open rings.

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, the curved wedding rings’ complementary shapes reduce friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, the continuity of an eternity ring is considered to represent a couple’s endless love and their everlasting unity.

14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Frame Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Open Zig-Zag Diamond Ring

OPEN WEDDING RINGS

Or, you can choose to wear an open ring. Though less common, open wedding rings are gaining popularity. These unique pieces complement many wearers’ unique styles, and they go beautifully with an elongated center stone.

14K White Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Open Infinity Diamond Ring

Stones or classic?

In Judaism, the wedding ring is traditionally an unadorned, simple band that’s free of engravings or precious stones. In other cultures, there are no specific customs regarding wedding ring decoration. Diamonds? Yes. Gemstones? Yes. Classic? Yes.

GEMSTONES 

The beauty of gemstone rings is the huge selection! Sapphires, rubies, pearls, emeralds…it’s a positive smorgasbord of sparkle. You can always choose a particular stone simply for its beauty, but you can also embrace certain stones’ meanings. For instance, you may inlay your wedding rings with your respective birthstones, zodiac signs, or stones that are particularly lucky for you.

14K White Gold Oval Sapphire And Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Multicolor Ring

CLASSIC 

Classic wedding rings complement absolutely 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 you simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the style for you.

14K White Gold 3.0mm Low Dome Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

#3: Which hand should I wear my engagement and wedding ring on? 

Which hand, and which finger, on which rings are worn changes radically around the world. Even in Europe, in which rings are almost always worn on the fourth finger – the ring finger – there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand:

Catholic and eastern European tradition dictates that the wedding and engagement ring both be worn on the right hand. The engagement ring is removed before the wedding ceremony, and after the wedding ring is slipped on during the ceremony, the engagement ring is replaced on top of it. The custom of wearing the wedding set on the right hand comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. In fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand:

On the other hand – *chuckle* – the Anglican church started doing things a bit differently following their separation from the Catholic church. By wearing both rings on the left hand, they rang in a new era of reformation by eschewing old “sinister” traditions. And this custom continues in Protestant cultures today, where the wedding ring is placed on the left hand during the wedding ceremony, and then the engagement ring is slipped on after it. Many people enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their heart, since it highlights the importance of marriage. 

Since the engagement ring is worn on the left hand after the proposal, many brides make this work by temporarily changing the hand on which they wear their engagement ring; during the wedding, they slip it onto their right hand before returning it to their left, over their new wedding ring.

On Different Hands:

However, the engagement ring and wedding ring don’t have to be worn on the same hand. If it’s more your style, you can wear them on opposite hands. Spread the glitter around, as it were. In Spain, for instance, the engagement ring usually goes on the left hand, while the wedding ring usually goes on the right. 

So – there’s no dominating tradition regarding where to wear your wedding ring. It all depends on local tradition, religion, and personal style; not all of your personal traditions may line up. It’s possible that religiously, you prefer to wear your wedding ring on your right hand, but local custom dictates that you wear it on your left. 

In the end, it’s all up to you. However, you prefer to wear your wedding ring is the right way to wear it.

14K Rose Gold Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

#4: How do I match my wedding ring to my engagement ring?

The answer: however you’d like. This is where you have utter freedom to express yourself – there are very few, or no, customs regarding how to match your wedding set. So what’s this mean for you? You have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

MATCH BY METALS

There are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. You might prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, while others might prefer a mix of metals. 

All ring metals look great together, as long you love what you’re wearing!

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 3.0mm High Dome Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

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. 

14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Wedding Ring

MATCH BY SETTING STYLE

There are no set rules for this one either, and it’s all about personal taste and preference. At James Allen, you can choose from many different, beautiful settings in a range of popular styles.

The options are truly plentiful, from stunning pave rings to bezel set wedding rings. 

14K White Gold Art-Nouveau Pavé Set Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Bezel Set Diamond Ring

If you’re wondering how to match you and your partner’s wedding rings, click here to get all our James Allen tips and tricks.

#5 What should I do if I can’t wear my 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 can’t 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.

The bottom line is – it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. You can choose to wear it in whatever way suits you!

Wedding ring styles: our team’s picks! 

  1. 9 Unique Wedding Rings
  2. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas
  3. Wedding Rings For Women: The Complete Guide
  4. Wedding Rings For Men: The Complete Guide

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Tarryn is a content writer by day and a criminology enthusiast by night.

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