Wedding Ring Guide Types of Men’s and Women’s Wedding Rings We offer an incredible collection of wedding rings for her and for him. There are a few considerations to make in order to find a wedding ring for her that complements her engagement ring and a wedding band for him that fits his style or best matches her ring set. Use the guidance below to help in making a decision. Women’s Wedding Rings It is traditional to wear her wedding ring closest to the heart, and wear the engagement ring on the same finger, over the wedding ring. If you choose this tradition, consider how the rings will fit together. A Perfect Match Some rings are designed to fit together, side-by-side. Many women like the symmetry of two matching rings, with diamonds of the same size and shape, or just the same type of metal. A Unique Combination She may choose a ring other than the one designed to match her engagement ring. This creates a unique look that is becoming popular. To explore all the options, view all of our plain and diamond wedding rings. Women’s Diamond Rings A prong setting allows more light into the diamond for maximum brilliance. A channel setting protects diamonds from abrasions and offers a smoother look. A three-stone diamond ring symbolizes your past, present, and future together. View our diamond rings. Women’s Gemstone Rings Whether fiery, velvety or subtle-in-color, a gemstone ring may be a beautiful complement to your engagement ring. Many Blue Nile gemstone rings are crafted with birthstones to enhance personal significance. View our wear, care, and sizing page to learn more. Women’s Platinum and Gold Rings Consider the classic wedding band in both gold and platinum that will last a lifetime. View our women’s gold wedding rings and platinum wedding rings in a range of widths to complement your style and preference. Men’s Wedding Rings Today, men have more choices than ever for choosing a wedding ring. Some couples choose matching men’s and women’s wedding rings. Choose from the classic wedding band in a broad range of widths to bands with unique detailing, brushed surfaces, or accent diamonds to suit your style and preference. Men’s Platinum and Gold Rings Our most popular men’s wedding rings are plain metal bands. For an element of design choose a ring with a subtle design like milgrain.
Outside the United States, single-ring weddings with only the bride wearing the wedding ring are common. In several European nations, e. g. the Nordic countries, it is common to exchange plain engagement rings of the same form for both sexes, and typically, an additional, more precious, and bejeweled wedding ring is given to the bride. In the nuptials, the groom’s ring becomes a wedding ring also, and can be bestowed anew by the bride as a part of the wedding ceremony. The engagement is commonly a matter of agreement between the two, and the wedding rings are chosen together. Both engagement and wedding rings are worn on the left hand, the bride having both rings together. Occasionally, the groom receives a separate wedding ring. In Germany and Austria, both parties use engagement rings worn on the left hand. At the nuptials, a wedding ring is placed on the right hand, as in several east European nations, including Bulgaria, Poland, and Russia. This can be a new ring for the bride or both, or reusing the engagement rings. Any engagement rings can then remain on the left hand or be transferred to the right hand. In Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain both sexes also wear engagement rings, and the groom’s ring often becomes a wedding ring in the nuptial exchange ceremony.
Bridal sets, also known as wedding ring sets, take the guessing out of finding a separate engagement ring and wedding ring that go together. A bridal set is a flawless integration of both an engagement ring and a wedding ring, expertly blended together to create the perfect combination. The engagement ring and the wedding ring are perfectly paired by pattern, precious metal and design. Our wide selection of bridal sets is sure to fit every bride's dream selection.
Different cultures used many other historical styles of wedding ring. For example, see the image below of the Byzantine ring depicting Christ uniting bride and groom. Also, in the Middle East the puzzle ring was a historical custom: this ring consisted of several pieces that joined together into a cohesive band when worn properly. The object of this style of ring was to render it very difficult to put on the finger properly such that, if the wife removed it, her husband would know. The fede ring, being a band consisting of two hands clasped in betrothal, is another historical custom of Europe that ostensibly dates from antiquity.
The double-ring ceremony describes the exchange of wedding rings by and for both spouses. Although not without historical precedent, it is largely an American innovation of the 20th century. The American jewelry industry started a marketing campaign to encourage this practice in the late 19th century. In the 1920s, advertising campaigns tried to introduce a male engagement ring, but it failed because of the necessity of secretly appealing to women that its advertising campaigns had to make. Marketing lessons of the 1920s, changing economics, and the workplace impact of World War II enabled a more successful marketing campaign for male and female wedding rings, and by the late 1940s double-ring ceremonies comprised 80% of all weddings, as opposed to 15% before the Great Depression. Rising expectations of equality between the sexes in nearly all aspects of life during the 20th century cemented the trend, and double-ring ceremonies are preponderant in America in the 21st century. This trend caused some orthodox religious authorities to struggle to harmonize their single-ring customs with couples’ desire for double-ring ceremonies.
Some customs include the wedding ring as the final of a series of gifts, which also may include the engagement ring, traditionally given as a betrothal present. This custom was practiced in ancient Rome and is possibly much older. In modern societies both parties often contribute to the purchase of engagement and wedding rings, choosing them together, as a modern woman is not considered a subject or dependent of her father who is to be handed over to dependency of a husband. In some nations the wedding ring is traditionally a gift from a third party to help a young couple yet to accrue sufficient wealth.
Women’s Wedding Rings It is traditional to wear her wedding ring closest to the heart, and wear the engagement ring on the same finger, over the wedding ring. If you choose this tradition, consider how the rings will fit together.
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During the 16th and 17th centuries, European husbands bestowed a gimmel ring upon their wives. Similar to the puzzle ring, the gimmel ring consisted of two interlocking bands. The bride and groom both wore one of these bands after their engagement, and the two bands were reunited during the wedding ceremony. Subsequently, the wife wore the combined ring.
It is traditional to wear her wedding ring closest to the heart, and wear the engagement ring on the same finger, over the wedding ring. If you choose this tradition, consider how the rings will fit together.
Men’s Wedding Rings Today, men have more choices than ever for choosing a wedding ring. Some couples choose matching men’s and women’s wedding rings. Choose from the classic wedding band in a broad range of widths to bands with unique detailing, brushed surfaces, or accent diamonds to suit your style and preference.
In Western nations, wedding rings are often forged of rose, white, or yellow gold; palladium, platinum, argentium silver, or, more recently, silicone. The perpetuity of noble metals symbolizes the permanence of the marriage. Common engravings on the inside of the ring include the name of one’s spouse, the names of both spouses, the date of the wedding, and/or a phrase of significance to the spouses. In many nations the engagement rings are plain while the bride’s wedding ring commonly is bejeweled.
Depending on culture, a wedding ring is typically worn on the base of the left or right ring finger. Many spouses wear their wedding rings day and night, causing an indentation in the skin that is visible even when the ring is removed. Another indication of their cultural importance is that wedding rings are among the few items that prison inmates and visitors are permitted to wear.