Engagement ring vs wedding ring

Engagement ring vs marriage ceremony ring

Few pieces of jewelry are as important as wedding and engagement rings. Since the beginning of time, people have used these rings to symbolize and perpetuate their relationships. We can think of it as an emblem of camaraderie. That’s why these round metal parts have been around for so long and are still part of us.

Different rings symbolize different life events. Usually these events are related to the union of two people. There is no doubt that engagement rings and wedding bands are the two most meaningful rings you can have. They are here to remind you of the most important milestones in your life.

Today we’re going to take a detailed look at engagement rings and wedding bands. In this way we will help you decide if you need both.

Why buy an engagement ring?

Customers viewing and purchasing engagement rings at Estate Diamond Jewelry

We’ll start by giving you a quick rundown of why we think you should buy an engagement ring.

Let us first consider the symbolism. Engagement rings are one of the special things that you can have as a couple. They mark the beginning of a new journey that the two of you will take. A journey full of love, devotion and joy. Whenever your significant other looks at the ring, they will be reminded of one of the most momentous events in your life: your engagement.

Second, let’s go back to ancient Rome for a moment. Engagement rings have been around in a variety of shapes and styles for thousands of years. Ring fashion can change over the years, but some practices will stay the same. For example, wear your engagement ring on your left finger. In ancient Rome it was believed that the ring is directly connected to the heart in this way. They named a vein flowing through your left finger, “Vena amoris,” which means the vein of love. Wearing an engagement ring on your left finger represents the love that flows between the couple. This was such a strong belief that has lingered in most countries to this day. You can see that engagement rings have deep roots and how important they were in ancient times.

There is one type of ring that remains the only symbol of endless love. And chances are you know what it is. “Diamonds are forever” sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The history of this gemstone goes back a thousand years and thanks to their high aesthetic value they are still the most popular type of engagement ring. You can take a look at our unique diamond engagement ring collection here.

Why buy a wedding ring?

Stack of wedding rings with diamonds and yellow diamonds

Just like engagement rings, wedding rings are full of meaning. While the former represents the love and commitment you want to give to your significant other, the latter marks the beginning of your new life together. They swap the ribbons at the wedding as a symbol of an unbreakable bond and commitment.

What makes wedding rings even more impressive is that you can choose from dozens of materials, types, shapes, and colors that best represent your love. For example, Vintage wedding rings will only add more value to what already symbolizes a valuable link between the past and the future.

Engagement Ring Vs. Wedding Ring – Do You Need Both?

Engagement ring and wedding ring on the woman's finger

Before we get into the debate, let’s talk a little more about symbolism. There’s a reason rings are round in shape. They have no beginning and no end. And this is exactly what they mean for relationships: infinite love that has no end.

We believe that engagement rings and wedding bands have a very special history behind them. On the one hand, the engagement ring will remain an eternal symbol of your new journey. On the other hand, the wedding ring will be there to remind you of your wedding ceremony, the most meaningful day of your life as a couple.

Additionally, there are a few other notable differences between the two.

First, both the bride and groom wear wedding rings, while traditionally only women wear engagement rings.

Second, there is a difference in style. Engagement rings are usually more eye-catching, mostly with diamonds. On the other hand, wedding bands tend to be simpler. Usually they have a simple design with a single type of metal. However, trends change over time. You can now have mixed metal wedding rings or design them any way you think makes sense for your relationship. For example, you can a Sapphire wedding ring that symbolizes wisdom and luck.

We believe these two rings are of tremendous value. You can eventually pass them on to future generations and keep the bond you had between the two of you alive forever. Because of this, we strongly recommend investing in both.


Should I wear my wedding ring and engagement ring together?

Engagement ring and wedding ring that connect on the finger

Many brides wonder how best to wear their rings. Should you wear your engagement ring under or over your wedding ring? Well, there is a tradition that the wedding ring should be at the very bottom. That way, it’s closer to your heart. Another tradition is that you should wear them in the order you received them – the engagement ring first, then the wedding ring.

However, you are free to wear your rings in any way that is more convenient for you. If your rings are made of different metals, we strongly recommend wearing them on separate fingers. For example, if you have a gold engagement ring and a wedding ring made of platinum, the platinum can damage the gold as it has a firmer structure.

Should my engagement ring and wedding ring be different?

Customer looks at Estate Diamond Jewelry diamond engagement ring

There are no limits to the choice of style, shape and material for your rings. You can choose your rings to suit your fashion style, whether you are a vintage lover or a modern fashionista.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to wear both at the same time. You should make sure that your band is made from the same metal as your engagement ring. This not only gives it a higher aesthetic value, but also prevents your rings from damaging each other. If you like contrasts, you can have your wedding ring in yellow gold and the engagement ring in white gold.

Also, it would look nicer if both were the same size. You can measure the 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock widths of your engagement ring and have the same measurements for your wedding ring.

Which is more important: engagement ring or wedding ring?

Both are equally important! We stand behind this opinion, because both mark a very special milestone in life. And their importance will only increase over time. They also complement each other, just like you do in your life as a couple.

Why buy both the engagement ring and the wedding ring?

Examining an engagement ring with a magnifying glass

In this article we have explained how precious and symbolic each of these rings is.

As a bride, you will cherish your engagement ring forever as it has your husband’s devotion and love for you. As a married couple, your wedding rings remain a symbol of your lifelong bond. Both are valuable investments in your relationship, each unique in its own way. That’s why we firmly believe that you need both and that you will forever be grateful to have them as part of you.

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