The question is, when is a piece of jewelry not just another piece of jewelry? When it's accompanied by a ring — and we're not just talking about a wedding band or anything like that.
Let's add a little more complexity to the mix: a matching band for the engagement ring is an excellent option. What, yet another ring? It depends; we'll go into more detail later.
There are many reasons to go with a matching wedding band, but there are also a few reasons not to. We begin by saying "yes" to the band.
When The Match Counts
There are a number of ways to make sure that your engagement ring and wedding band complement each other. Many jewelry stores carry "bridal sets." Elegant and thoughtful, a bridal ring set looks great on the ring finger! There are "trio sets," which are sets that include both an engagement ring and a wedding band for the bride as well as one that complements her husband's band.
You don't have to buy a matching set if you want to match your wedding band to your engagement ring. All it takes is a little foresight.
A simple way to find a match is to look for an engagement ring with a similar design:
You can never have too many wedding bands to match your engagement band.
Classic Band And Solitaire Ring
Perhaps a knife-edge band paired with a modern ring would be the best option.
It is critical that the bands have a width that is close to one another. If you have a smaller engagement ring, a wide wedding band could be too much for it. Consider the relative sizes of the rings.
A similar engraving style, or none at all, should be used if the engagement ring has engraving on it. The engagement ring may look out of place if the inscription is done in a different style.
The color of the stones in the engagement ring should match the color of the gemstones in your wedding band. Pink and yellow diamonds are not going to work with a white diamond and tanzanite wedding ring. We've got your back.
Choosing Metals That Go Together
A band's metal is another way to think about matching bands, and there is no other way to say this: The metals and colors must be the same. Platinum and platinum are the only two options available. It's all about the pink. Of course, some rings are made of multiple metals and still look stunning because of the way they were designed. A wedding band with a two-tone band will go well with an engagement ring that already has one.
"Enhancement rings" can be used if you've purchased a solitaire stone with a lower clarity grade or one that doesn't have as much sparkle as you'd like. After that, you may want to buy a wedding band just to be safe.
Adding additional stones to an engagement ring (diamonds and/or precious gemstones) increases the ring's size and alters its appearance, making it more attractive to the wearer. To give the illusion that the ring and center stone were designed together, enhancers are often curved to fit around the center stone. Two-sided enhancers are also available that highlight the sides of the engagement ring and allow it to be seen as a single ring when inserted into an opening.
Even if we were to try to match our rings, not everyone would be interested. The decision is entirely up to the individual, and it could be yours.
Some people have a strong aversion to the concept of wearing clothes that are specifically coordinated. She might have been that awkward second grader in a crazy pink-and-green-and-black-and-blue-and-orange argyle sweater. Even if it has evolved, the "matchy-matchy" style she despises is still not part of it. If matching isn't what the bride is looking for, then she won't be wearing a matching ring.
Just because you wear your wedding band on the same finger as your engagement ring doesn't mean you have to. For many women, wearing an engagement ring is something they do only for the duration of their courtship or the first few years of their marriage.
Hands (and rings) can take a beating in busy lives. It's possible that your fiancée's job could put her engagement ring at risk. She could also store her ring in a safe place and wear it only on special occasions or when she wants to "dress up." Every day, she wears her wedding ring. Similar to what you'll be doing with your "good china" and "everyday dishes," respectively. No need to match the styles of engagement rings and bands if your wife-to-lifestyle be's works this way.
To match or not to match is a matter of personal preference, just like everything else in the "getting married" process. As a result, you now have a better idea of what to do and how to do it. Think proportions, think metals, think styles, think sets if you're looking to match. Likewise, if you aren't, you don't have to be concerned.
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