So, you’re shopping for a wedding ring and looking for the right style. But with so many designs and so much information out there, you’re getting a bit stuck. Luckily for you, we’ve assembled a guide to help you learn about the different wedding ring styles. With the right information, insights, and examples, we know you’ll find the perfect fit to fit your unique taste. But before we jump into it, let’s review exactly what a wedding ring is and why it’s categorized differently than an engagement ring.
What’s the difference between wedding rings and engagement rings?
Traditionally, the engagement ring is given during the initial marriage proposal and the wedding ring is added on during the marriage ceremony. Sometimes people will use the term ‘wedding ring’ when referencing an engagement ring, but rarely vice versa. Traditionally, wedding rings are often simpler, less flashy than engagement ring styles. That said, many modern couples are eschewing simplicity in favor of something more intricate and flashy. Often, engagement rings and wedding rings are intended to be worn together on the same finger, and matching sets will be designed to fit together without causing any discomfort.
What are the different styles of wedding rings?
Although a solid gold wedding band used to be the norm, today it’s much more common to get a wedding band that matches the style of your engagement ring (or one that enhances it), like a rose gold engagement ring. If you’re going for more of a traditional wedding ring, you’ll want to opt for a solid band that matches the color of your engagement ring, or a pavé band made of the same metal. Both of these options offer a sleek and classic look. And, if you want to mix things up, there are a few things you can do:
- Get a wedding band style with filigree or other popular metalwork
- Mix and match your engagement ring metal color with your wedding ring color
- Couple your classic engagement ring setting style with something more vintage for a wedding band
What are the different types of ring settings?
The four most popular ring settings are halo, classic, solitaire and vintage. These will become important to know if you’re opting for a bridal set or trying to find a wedding ring that sits flush against your engagement ring. If you have a halo ring, you might need to find one of our engagement ring band styles that fit underneath the edge of the center stone. With a vintage ring, you might need a different style of wedding band that is shaped specifically to fit the cut of the engagement ring (pictured). If you’ve already purchased your engagement ring in one of these four styles, one of our diamond experts should still be able to help you find a ring to complete your bridal set.
How do I choose a wedding ring?
Your ring style is completely up to you! However, there are really three different routes you can take: Use it to dress down your wedding ring, use it to add more flair, or use it to complete a set. If your engagement ring is extremely sparkly with lots of gemstones and you want to offset that a bit with simplicity, opt for a solid band. If you’d like, you can make it a bit more personal by engraving your wedding date on the inside. If your engagement ring doesn’t glisten quite as much as you want, find a style of wedding ring engraved with diamonds. And if you really love pairs for your jewelry, go with a bridal set. Although the majority of individuals buy a wedding ring that matches the color of their engagement ring, having various metal colors is trending because of the versatility it provides.
Ring definitions to keep in mind:
- Engagement ring: the ring that’s most commonly presented during a proposal
- Wedding ring/band: the ring that sits next to the engagement ring and exchanged during your wedding vows
- Bridal set: a combo of engagement ring and wedding ring that often match in style and color
- Eternity band: another name for a wedding band, but can also be given as a gift, especially on an anniversary. These styles are often a bit simpler than what’s available for a wedding ring. They’re also great additions to a ring stack.
- Pave ring: any style of ring (wedding or engagement) that features a band with side stones (or accent stones). These often extend halfway or all the way around the ring.