Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Band

Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Band

When choosing your wedding jewellery, you may be interested to know whether you should match your engagement ring with your wedding band, how common wedding bands are, and whether or not engagement rings have to be all diamond.

At Barry’s Jewellers, our consultants are here to answer all the questions you might have about your engagement ring and wedding band.

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: What’s the Difference?

Both the engagement ring and the wedding band are centrepieces of bridal jewellery. Couples wear them as a symbol of their relationship, and to signify their marriage.

Although some women continue to wear their engagement rings during their wedding ceremony, the wedding tradition has different meanings assigned to each of the rings.

Wedding Bands 101

In wedding tradition, the wedding band is considered the most significant symbol of marriage, and is worn below the engagement ring closer to the heart. Couples exchange their wedding rings during the ceremony, placing the wedding ring on the left-hand ring finger next to the pinky.

Most wedding rings are simple classic bands made of gold, platinum, or other metals. However, in many cases, wedding rings can also be a diamond half-eternity ring, or even a full eternity ring with small diamonds placed all the way around the band.

V-Shaped Wedding Bands

V-shaped wedding bands, also known as wishbone rings, are meaningful and functional wedding jewellery. The wishbone shape of the ring makes space for the central diamond, providing the perfect fit for a V-shaped wedding band to pair with the engagement ring.

Wishbone-shaped wedding bands have multiple symbolic meanings. The wishbone shape represents luck, while the half-eternity or eternity band epitomizes everlasting love, strength, and completion, making these rings an excellent choice for any bridal set.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

A solitaire ring is a timeless design with a minimalistic band and a single centrepiece diamond. They are never out of fashion thanks to their classic appeal, simplicity, and versatility.

Solitaire rings have a rich history and can be traced back to ancient Romans. Matching a solitaire engagement ring with a wedding band is simple and easy, resulting in a great-looking stack. Most people associate solitaire diamond rings with engagement, making them an ideal choice for your proposal.

Eternity Rings

Eternity rings feature smaller diamonds set across the entire band, symbolizing endless love. Although eternity rings were designed as a gift for marriage anniversaries, today, the eternity ring design is used in all types of wedding jewellery.

If you find the minimalistic design of the solitaire ring too simple, consider an eternity diamond engagement ring with smaller diamonds complimenting the centrepiece stone. Diamond eternity rings also work perfectly as wedding bands, making them an ideal companion to your engagement ring.

Do Wedding Rings Have to Match?

There are no hard rules for matching your engagement ring with the wedding band, so it is entirely up to you. However, if you prefer your wedding rings to match, buying a full bridal set with matching rings will help to ensure an ideal fit and appearance.

Meanwhile, some people prefer to purchase their wedding jewellery separately at different points in time. Unless you plan to wear only one wedding ring after marriage, matching the metal colour of your engagement ring with the wedding band will make your rings look harmonious when stacked together.

Are All Engagement Rings Diamond?

Traditionally, engagement rings include a diamond as a central stone. It can be a standalone diamond on a band from precious metal, or a centrepiece diamond surrounded by additional smaller stones.

However, your engagement ring can be any stone. It is most important that the engagement ring resonates with your partner and their preference rather than whether it has diamonds or other stones.

If your partner is passionate about ecology, an engagement ring with lab-grown diamonds can be your choice – or, you may look for a platinum sapphire engagement ring with blue sapphire as a centre stone accentuated by a row of smaller diamonds atop a half-eternity band. Your options are truly endless.

How to Wear Your Engagement Ring

The tradition of wearing an engagement ring dates back many generations, and is common in many cultures. Today, people tend to challenge tradition and choose their own ways of wearing their wedding jewellery.

Do You Wear Your Engagement Ring on Your Wedding Day?

Traditionally, when brides walk down the aisle, they wear their engagement ring on their right finger. After the groom slips the wedding band on the bride’s left ring finger, the bride places the engagement ring on top of the wedding band.

However, some brides leave their engagement ring on the left-hand finger and let the groom place the wedding band on the top of their engagement ring. In this situation, the order of the rings is changed after the ceremony to have the wedding band closer to their heart. However, some brides opt not to wear the engagement ring during the ceremony at all, entrusting it to a friend or a family member.

Wedding Rings 101: After Marriage?

In both Canada and the US, many women continue wearing their engagement ring with the wedding band on the same finger after getting married. When your wedding rings match perfectly, they also look better when worn together.

Since wearing an engagement ring with a central diamond stone can be inconvenient, some women choose to take it off, leaving only the wedding band. Others take the opposite approach, and even have their engagement ring soldered to their wedding band to keep both together.

Should I Wear My Wedding Ring Every Day?

There are no laws or rules about how to wear wedding rings after marriage. Traditionally, wedding bands are meant for wearing every day, which is quite comfortable due to their simplicity and minimalism.

Similar to other questions involving wedding jewellery, at the end of the day, the decision is all about personal preferences, and some married people prefer not to wear their rings on a daily basis. Still, many women keep wearing both their engagement ring and wedding band every day, or choose only their wedding band for everyday wear.

Find Your Perfect Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

You can find all types of engagement rings, wedding bands, and full bridal sets at Barry’s Jewellery. Our catalogue features an extensive collection of wedding jewellery from rose, yellow, white gold, silver, or platinum, made with diamonds and other gemstones.

Our sales associates will advise on all questions you may have on how to choose a wedding band for an engagement ring, or guide you on the most popular engagement ring styles. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866.651.0876, send us an email at info@barrysjewellers.com, or get in touch through our website, and we will be happy to help you find your perfect wedding jewellery.



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