Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band Sets for Women

While engagement rings have become the universal symbol of love, marriage, and partnership, they are actually one of two rings commonly associated with marriage.

Engagement rings, typically adorned with a beautiful gemstone, are given at the time of a marriage proposal, and is worn beginning at the proposal. In contrast, wedding bands (or wedding rings) are exchanged between partners during the wedding ceremony. Although the terms wedding band and wedding ring are now used interchangeably, they once held distinct meanings. Historically, wedding bands were simple metal rings worn by men. As tradition evolved, women started to wear wedding bands as well. With the new demographic, the plain wedding band grew to incorporate more decorative and feminine styles, thus becoming the wedding ring. Although wedding rings still lack the central stone of engagement rings, they often have more decorative accents, such as diamonds or gemstones, than do wedding bands. Regardless of history, there is no definitive rule to which ring you can wear.

Because the wedding band is placed on the same finger as the engagement ring, many brides move their engagement rings to their right hands during the wedding ceremony and move the ring back afterwards, stacking the two rings on their left ring finger. Traditionally, the wedding band is worn closer to the base of the finger than the engagement ring because it is thought that the ring that is exchanged on the day of marriage should be closer to the wearer’s heart. Although many women stack their rings on one finger, there are many ways to wear your rings. Because wedding bands are typically less flashy and commonly without a center diamond or prominent gemstone, they are often more practical for daily wear. Those who may be apprehensive of wearing their engagement ring every day, many choose to wear their wedding band for daily activities and don their engagement ring for special occasions.

In order to ensure a stylish match, many jewelers sell engagement rings and wedding bands as a wedding set. But there is no rule—only preference. Many couples choose to buy wedding bands later, if at all. While many couples choose the same metal for both rings, don’t be afraid of mixing metals! Due to the simplicity of men’s wedding bands, many men’s rings play with multiple metal options. Reflecting this style in the bride’s rings can serve as a romantic style choice.

If you desire a wedding band but do not want to purchase a wedding set, browse our expertly curated list below. Our carefully chosen selection provides a great start to creating your own engagement set.

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Pave and Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring

Pave and Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring

Featuring a subtle milgrain border, this classic engagement ring showcases 0.09cts of pave set accent diamonds. This delicate engagement ring pairs well with our Milgrain Pave Diamond Women's Band.

Milgrain Pave Diamond Women's Band

Milgrain Pave Diamond Women's Band

This dainty women’s wedding band replicates the same exquisite milgrain and pave set accent diamonds seen in the Pave and Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring, making a delightful wedding set.

Classic Four Prong Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring.

Classic Four Prong Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring.

An eternal classic, this best selling 4-prong engagement ring setting focuses all the attention to your stunning solitaire diamond.

Petite Pave Diamond Women's Wedding Band

Petite Pave Diamond Women's Wedding Band

The beautiful simplicity in this band’s elegant row of pave set diamonds makes it a perfect complement to turn our Classic Four Prong Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring into an unforgettable engagement ring set.

Braided Row Diamond Engagement Ring

Braided Row Diamond Engagement Ring

This dazzling ring features braided rows of 0.17 cts of accent diamonds, twisting up as a show stopping backdrop to your finely set center stone.

Weaved Women's Diamond Wedding Band

Weaved Women's Diamond Wedding Band

With a mesmerizing weaving pattern of accent diamonds, this wedding band is the perfect complement to the stunning braided rows of diamonds featured in our Braided Row Diamond Engagement Ring.

Pave Edged Diamond Engagement Ring

Pave Edged Diamond Engagement Ring

An elevated center gives this ring a modern twist, with two rows of pave set diamonds.

Pave Edged Diamond Wedding Band

Pave Edged Diamond Wedding Band

With pave edged diamonds splitting a similar high polish metal center, this wedding band is a perfect choice to turn our Pave Edged Diamond Engagement Ring into a extraordinary engagement set.

Double Row Diamond Engagement Ring

Double Row Diamond Engagement Ring

Two rows of pave set diamonds trail the upper half of this petite setting

Double Row Diamond Women's Wedding Band

Double Row Diamond Women's Wedding Band

This wedding band echoes the double row of diamonds of our Double Row Diamond Engagement Ring, completing the ring as a stunning wedding set.

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