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
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  3. Wedding Rings For Women: The Complete Guide
  4. Wedding Rings For Men: The Complete Guide

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Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Spring is around the corner, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorite spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your partner. Keep reading to find the perfect pair! 

Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Walking down the aisle this spring? We’ve got the perfect selection of spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your love to make your fresh and fun day sparkle. 

Spring is the perfect time of year to say “I do.” This season represents new beginnings and what better way to start off your life together as a married couple than during a time when everything around you is blossoming? Good vibes, total check! 

If you’re not getting married this spring, but you’re in love with spring-inspired wedding rings, we’ve got you covered, too.

Let’s dive right in.

Spring Wedding Rings: Nature’s Treat 

We know you know the famous quote by Devil Wears Prada character Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” But believe us when we say there are many floral and nature-inspired wedding bands that have been more than just groundbreaking; they’ve shook us down to our sparkling core. 

Outdoor patterns can offer a unique aesthetic to an otherwise plain band. Vine and leaf-patterned rings have a unique and earthy look, and while they’re not for everyone, these bands could be the perfect extension of your personal style and tastes. 

Here are a few stunning options for the women: 

Vine Motif Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Ring

Add a few delicate dimensions to your wedding band with this detailed vintage vine motif. 

Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

Want something with earthy romance that shines from every angle? Look no further. 

Fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. Here are our top picks for nature-inspired men’s wedding rings. From bold and dark to light and modern, we’ve got a couple of stellar options for our outdoor-loving grooms-to-be. 

Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

14K White Gold Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

Try this band on for size if you want that spring feel with a bolder color. 

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

This carved vintage scroll is not only a keeper, and it’s a customer favorite! 

Springtime Wedding Rings For Eternity 

Springtime comes with vibrant colors aplenty and the possibility of blooming romance. Why not invest in a fresh wedding ring that will make you burst with excitement each time it catches your eye? 

Eternity-style wedding rings are the perfect choice for those who love the idea that their ring will represent their eternal love and, better yet, sparkle from every angle! 

For the ladies, we recommend going a little against the norm and trying an eternity ring with fancy-shaped diamonds. If you love spring, you’ll love the different dimensions an emerald or oval cut diamond can give your ideal diamond wedding band

Oval Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Oval Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Pick an oval cut ring if you’d love more finger coverage. 

Emerald Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Go with an emerald cut if you’re all about effortless glamor.

For the gents, why not adopt your own version of an eternity ring with a masculine edge? Channel set wedding bands are versatile and can be set with the diamonds or gemstones of your choice. The romantic symbolism is still there with a pop of color or sparkle, and your unique wedding ring will still be thick and durable. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

Add a little gemstone glow to your forever ring. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Platinum 8mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Handsome is as handsome sparkles.

Wedding Rings For Spring: A Pop Of Color 

Sometimes spring wedding rings call for vibrant color without the added engravings and sparkle. Plain wedding bands made from different gold tones can give you a dazzling springtime feel without moving away from that classic look. 

Thin, rounded rings are not only elegant, but their warm shades will keep you glowing even during those colder months. They’re so versatile they fit with just about any engagement ring style, and as a bonus, they look perfect on their own, too.

These are our top picks for her: 

Rose Gold Rounded Ring

14K Rose Gold Rounded Ring

This thin band is dainty and perfect to stack with any other ring.

Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

Get that perfect golden glow you can keep going all year round. 

Sometimes thin band rings are not the best option for men working with their hands or those who have very active lifestyles, so keeping that in mind, we’ve got some colorful yet strudy options. One of our favorite styles is the up-and-coming two-toned rings that perfectly symbolize the joining of two partners. 

Center Groove Satin Finish Band

14K Yellow Gold Center Groove Comfort Fit Satin Finish Band

Keep the sunny vibes going with a comfort fit. 

Centric Two-Tone Brushed Band

14K White Gold 7MM Centric Two Tone Brushed Band

You can have it ALL with a two-toned ring. 

Spring Wedding Rings On A Budget

Looking for something with mother nature’s special touch that works for your budget? Sometimes traditional wedding bands just won’t cut it, and you want your ring to make a statement without breaking the bank. Luckily for you, there are plenty of wedding band options that have that added diamond sparkle without taking away too much attention from the engagement ring or your planned budget.

Check out our beautiful James Allen rings, all under $500. 

Shared Prong Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring (0.25 CTW)

“This band is perfect! I love the scalloped side profile, and it looks amazing with my engagement ring. Don’t hesitate to buy this ring online.” – Megan K. 

Alternating Beaded Diamond Ring

“I was hesitant in ordering online without trying it on, but I took my chances, and it turned out great!” – Jenny

Cable Accent Ring

14K Rose Gold Cable Accent Ring

“It’s perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. It’s small and dainty but has so much character.” -Mariah F.

Vintage Marquise Bezel Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

“It’s petite size is not to be underestimated, as it has all the detail and beauty that makes it stand out remarkably.” – Bob L 

Still not sure which spring wedding rings you and your partner should go for? Get in touch with us at JamesAllen.com with any questions you have. Our diamond and jewelry experts are available to you 24/7 and are happy to help you find the ring of your dreams. 

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The September Birthstone: Sapphire Jewelry Pieces

Sapphire, the September birthstone, is the perfect combination of jewelry qualities: beauty, strength, affordability, and prestige. Learn why September’s birthstone is the standout gemstone you need to keep your eye on! 

The September Birthstone: Sapphire Jewelry Pieces

Sapphire, a variation of the mineral corundum, is the ultimate classic blue gemstone. What sets it apart from other blue stones like topaz, aquamarine, or turquoise? Sapphire has an intensity of color that’s unparalleled. Its rich azure color is unique among gemstones. As an added bonus, it’s been prized for millennia as a stylish ward against ill-fortune. 

Mined primarily in countries around the Indian Ocean (and in lesser quantities in the United States), sapphires pop up in royal families across multiple cultures. 

Durability

Sapphire is one of the strongest gemstones, with a score of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. For comparison, the famously durable diamond claims the top score of 10. What does this mean for you? Confidently wear your blue sapphire jewelry, going through your daily routine without worrying about scratching, chipping, or any other wear-and-tear.

Birthstone

Sapphire is the September birthstone. By wearing sapphires, September birthdays can secure good luck year-round while also ensuring perpetual chic style. 

Color

The most popular sapphire is, of course, blue sapphire. In fact, its popularity overtakes this gemstone’s other hues. That’s right – it’s not widely known that sapphires also come in 3 other gorgeous colors. Blue sapphires, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, green sapphires, OH MY!

Sapphire is a type of the mineral corundum, of which ruby is the red variation thanks to high amounts of chromium. As the amount of chromium decreases, corundums display paler hues, and under a certain chromium threshold, corundums are called pink sapphires. Blue and green sapphires owe their intense color to trace quantities of titanium and iron, and yellow sapphires to iron only.

History

Sapphires have been prized by royalty and clergy for millennia. Believed to protect against the evil eye, promote sanctity, and reveal the cryptic, sapphires have always been popular among the powerful.

Popes of the past wore holy, engraved sapphires set in gold. England’s royal family is known for wearing sapphire jewelry, from Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring (currently worn by Kate Middleton) to Queen Elizabeth II’s sapphire wedding jewelry. 

Affordability

Across the board, sapphires are more affordable than diamonds, making them a wallet-friendly alternative to traditional diamond jewelry, especially in engagement rings. Choose sapphire jewelry when you want to go for sparkle + intense color.

Complementary

Blue and green sapphires perfectly complement winter skin tones, as well as blue and green eyes. Set cooler-toned sapphires in a white jewelry metal, like white gold or platinum, for maximum effect.

Want jewelry that suits warm skin tones? Go for pink and yellow sapphires set in white or rose gold. 

Novelty

While sapphires are famous, they’re not the most worn stone. So when you want to go for unique jewelry that turns heads, sapphire is a perfect choice. This is especially true for sapphire engagement rings

Sapphire Engagement Rings

Customer Sapphire Engagement Rings

Looking for gemstone engagement ring inspo? Have a look at how James Allen‘s real-life customers have styled their sapphire engagement rings in these real-life sapphire ring galleries!

Customer Creations: Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

2.16 Carat Round Natural Blue Sapphire Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

Customer Creations: Yellow Sapphire Engagement Rings

Customer Creations: Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings

Stackable Sapphire Rings & Sapphire Wedding Rings

Sapphire Earrings

Sapphire Necklaces

Sapphire Bracelets

A Cerulean Summary

Sapphire has it all: an air of royalty, stunning hues, and it’s pretty easy on the wallet to boot. It’s the perfect gift for September birthdays! But the September birthstone is also ideal for anyone who craves a year-round burst of color, no matter their birth month. 

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DESIGN YOUR DREAM SAPPHIRE RING

Looking for ideas? Browse these customer sapphire and diamond engagement ring designs!

More gem-related reading!

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  3. Zodiac Engagement Rings and Jewelry
  4. 10 Celebrity Engagement Rings

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