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Different Ways to Wear Your Wedding Band and Engagement Ring
Wedding bands are much more than simple jewelry. They are keepsakes, memories, and a symbol that represents the love and commitment you share with your partner. Jewelry can often be sentimental, but there’s nothing quite like engagement and wedding rings to show your true, unconditional love for that special someone in your life.
This can all be quite emotional, so it’s a great thing that wedding and engagement bands look amazing, can impress, and will help you feel confident, too. But how should you wear your wedding and engagement rings? What is the accepted norm? What happens if you wish to break convention?
In this article, we hope to address all of those questions and more.
Right Hand or Left?
Traditions for wedding rings depend on culture. For instance, in most western cultures, the wedding band and engagement ring are worn on the left hand.
However, in some cultures, such as those in Eastern Europe or Asia, the wedding ring can be worn on the right ring finger. And in other cultures, it doesn’t matter which finger you wear your ring on.
All this is to say that you can decide! If you want to follow the cultural norms so that it’s easier for people to recognize your marriage, great! If you want to wear your ring on a different finger for any reason, that’s great too.
Stacking Your Rings
Does the wedding band go on first, or the engagement ring? Some people say that the wedding band goes first, so it’s symbolically closest to the heart. Others say that the engagement ring goes first, so that the wedding band can easily be added during the wedding ceremony.
There are no wrong answers, but remember that styling can also play a big part in how you wear or stack your rings. Some sets of rings, especially more uncommon shapes, fit more comfortably together when worn in a certain order. Of course, you can always create a custom ring to make sure they are a perfect match.
Wearing Your Rings Separately
Some people like to wear their wedding band and engagement rings on different fingers or even different hands. For example, you could wear one ring on your right ring finger and the other ring on your left ring finger. This creates a nice symmetrical aesthetic.
Other people don’t like to wear rings at all, or their ring size changes, and so they wear their ring on a necklace. There are many options, and you can decide which way you like best.
Your Individual Style
A ring is a symbol of your marriage, no one else's. So you are free to wear them in any manner and on any finger you deem appropriate.
There are no correct or incorrect answers here. It’s important to wear your rings when, where, and how you feel comfortable, even if this means only wearing them to special events or when leaving the house.
You may also find that your desired style changes over time. You might buy a new ring when you hit a major anniversary or when you renew your vows. Or, if you’re moving into a second marriage, you could wear your new rings differently in order to express new beginnings.
The bottom line: It’s your ring and your marriage. Do what feels right! If it works for you, it works for us, too.
With this advice, we hope you can find renewed confidence in wearing your wedding and engagement rings together in whatever way you desire. If you have more questions or have yet to purchase your rings, let us help! We love helping people express themselves and their love through beautiful jewelry.