An engagement ring can become even more special when it has another ring to sit perfectly with it. Although it is another consideration in a sometimes overwhelming process, there are some simple rules to follow.
As you may have read in our other guides, there are various engagement ring styles to choose from with numerous options available. However, considering whether or not you’d like a matching engagement ring and wedding band could be just the thing to help narrow your choice. There are plenty of reasons to choose a matching wedding band (although they aren’t for everyone) - let’s look at all the options:
The easiest way to match the engagement ring and wedding band is to purchase a two piece “bridal set”, where an engagement ring and wedding band are designed to compliment and fit perfectly together. All the match work is done for you with bridal sets and they look well considered, finished and elegant on your ring finger.
The Perfect Fit brand is exclusive to H.Samuel, featuring a stunning range of two and three piece bridal sets, and matching wedding bands for the groom. Three-piece bridal sets include a matching eternity ring or two channel set diamond bands to go on either side of the engagement ring, completing the set with extra shimmer and sparkle.
In order to match your engagement ring and wedding band, it’s vital the metals and colours are the same. Platinum and platinum; rose gold and rose gold. Of course, some rings are made with two colour metals and look perfectly beautiful because they are designed that way.
Alternatively, you could look for a two colour wedding band to tie your engagement ring and other jewellery items together (if you like the mix and match approach to jewellery).
If the engagement ring has engraving or a pattern on it, then the wedding band should have the same style, one that’s very similar or none at all as different styles could make the rings clash.
Be sure to think about the rings proportions; a wide wedding band could overwhelm a smaller engagement ring and vice versa. Many people opt for a slightly smaller wedding band to sit under the engagement ring as an added booster to the star of the show.
If you plan to wear both rings every day, keep comfort in mind and consider smaller or medium sized rings, as a pair of wider, chunky rings may not be ideal for every day wear.
If you want coloured diamonds or gemstones in your wedding band, make sure they match with the colours of any stones in the engagement ring. A wedding band with pink and yellow won’t work well with a white diamond and tanzanite engagement ring.
If you’ve purchased a smaller solitaire stone or one with a lower clarity grade and maybe a little less sparkle, an “enhancer ring” may be the right add-on to boost the “wow factor” of the engagement ring.
Enhancer rings dial up the beauty of an engagement ring by complementing it with diamonds and/or precious gemstones, boosting the size of the ring and changing its appearance. Usually enhancers are curved to fit around the centre stone of your engagement ring, making them look as if they were created together.
Matching rings isn’t for everyone, it’s a personal choice and it may or may not be for you. Some people favour the contrasting look, where elements complement each other rather than matching perfectly.
The engagement ring and wedding band are worn on the same finger; however they don’t have to be worn together at the same time. Many women only wear their rings during their engagement.
Perhaps your fiancée has a job that could put their ring in danger; depending on the value and splendour of the engagement ring they may only wear it on special occasions, yet their wedding band might be for everyday wear. Therefore depending on lifestyle and personal situations, there may be no need to concern yourself with matching the styles of engagement ring and wedding band.
Typically, men only wear one band and may or may not decide to match a partners’ choice. By not matching, there is a wider selection of metals to choose from so they could make a fashion conscious, or practical lifestyle choice such as a hardwearing titanium or tungsten ring that wouldn’t be suitable for a stone set engagement ring.
As with just about everything in the wedding planning process, it all comes down to personal choice - but now you have some ideas to help you plan your approach. If you are looking to match, think proportions, metals, styles and sets. And if you’re not, well, you needn’t worry!