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How to Build the Ultimate Wedding Ring Stack

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What Exactly Is a Ring Stack?

A ring stack is a grouping of multiple rings that sit or nest together. This includes the engagement ring, wedding band, and any other rings. To express personal style or mark special occasions, the wearer can add or switch bands.

Ring stacks are similar to modern-day inserts, but with the ability to swap out different rings. I like the nesting and stacking bands to tree rings—the it's kind of thing where collecting them over time creates a beautiful layered look that marks important moments in time. We have clients who add rings to their stacks to commemorate anniversaries, the birth of a new child, Mother's Day, a new job or promotion, or any other milestone worthy of a ring.

A ring stack also allows you to experiment with different metals and stones when styling your rings. For example, if you have a classic white diamond and white gold ring set but want to branch out, you can mix in different metal colors or even colored stones.

Traditionally, one ring is given for the engagement and another for the wedding. That would mean two rings for the rest of your life—but maybe that's not enough. So there's some stacking to do!

What to Do First

When it comes to selecting the bands for your stack, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because the size and shape of your engagement ring influence which bands you can stack, she designed her specialty Ceremonial Suites with ring stacking in mind. Layering a marquise or pear-shaped ring with a compatible, pointy-shaped band, for example, but those bands are also really interesting layered with a classic round diamond.

How many rings should a stack have?

The short answer is that the more the better. Begin with three (including your engagement ring) and work your way up until you run out of space between your hand and your knuckle. Then move on to the next finger! I'm definitely partial to odd numbers—three looks better than two, and five looks better than four.

Can metals be mixed? What about rocks?

Absolutely! It's more important than ever to mix metals, stone colors, and shapes to add interest to your stack. Mixing metals and stones will give your stack personality and set it apart from others. It's all about buying and wearing things that make you happy, so go ahead and combine a family heirloom yellow gold band with a platinum engagement ring!

Choosing a focal point to keep everything together. Mix textures and stone colors with yellow gold as a common thread, but keep the metal matching. If you prefer mixed metals, choose a single stone color, such as white or champagne, to tie everything together.

How should different styles be layered?

Again, a theme is essential. You may enjoy texture or wish to combine modern and vintage designs. In that case, choose a single metal and experiment with silhouettes. It's part of the fun to see what each person comes up with as she expresses her uniqueness! You could mix and match different styles in the same metal, or you could stick with simple eternity bands and play with the finish to add interest.

Keep it simple. Don't overthink the situation! Trying on various styles adds interest, so try on everything. As you experiment with different shapes and sizes, you'll discover what feels good and what looks good on your hand.

What silhouettes or styles should brides be on the lookout for?

Rings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so which one is best? Beginning with a traditional foundation and progressing from there. The classic pavé band, a bezel-set band, and a baguette band are my three favorite silhouettes. Kaman adores the smoother edges and similar profiles of these rings. The chunkiness or thickness of a band, how it feels between your fingers, is referred to as its profile.

Is there a particular ring style that works well in a stack?

There are three possible answers to this question: If you want a big, blingy look, choose an engagement ring with a raised mounting. This will highlight the radiance of your center stone while also allowing for a flush stack. Look for contoured bands that fit snugly against the engagement ring's setting if you prefer a lower mounting and a more subdued look.

Mix and match lower mountings with straight bands for an eclectic, collected look. There will be negative space between the engagement ring and your band, which can be used as a design element in and of itself. Brides pay special attention to the third option because the rings can wear down where they rub against one another.

How should you go about buying a stack?

It all comes down to determining your options. Find a store that carries a large selection of stackable rings. You should definitely try them on together in person! We're constantly surprised by the unexpected combinations and pairings that emerge when customers try on different options in the store. However, don't feel obligated to build an entire stack all at once. It takes the pressure off of finding the perfect stack right away when you build your stack over time. We believe in mixing it up, upgrading gradually, and wearing bands with or without your engagement ring.

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