Traditionally, an engagement ring and a wedding band are both given and worn as symbols of love and commitment between two people.
The engagement ring is typically given by one partner to the other at the time of the proposal and is a symbol of the intent to get married. Traditional engagement rings typically have one dominant stone, which either stands alone or is surrounded by smaller stones.
The wedding band, on the other hand, is traditionally a plain metal band or a diamond-encrusted eternity band that is exchanged by the couple during the wedding ceremony as a symbol of their marriage. Typically, there’s also a fairly significant price difference between engagement rings and wedding rings. Even if the wedding band has inlaid diamonds or other gemstones, its total carat weight is generally less than that of the engagement ring.
There are a few reasons why couples choose to have both an engagement ring and a wedding band…
The engagement ring and wedding band have different symbolic meanings. The engagement ring is a symbol of the promise of marriage, while the wedding band represents the actual marriage.
2. Personal Style
Some people prefer to have two separate rings with different designs that reflect their personal style. They may choose an engagement ring with a larger stone or more intricate design, while opting for a simpler wedding band.
In many cultures, it is traditional to exchange both an engagement ring and a wedding band. For example, in Western cultures, it is customary to exchange both rings.
Having two separate rings can give couples more flexibility in how they wear them. Some people may choose to wear just their wedding band on a daily basis and save their engagement ring for special occasions. Traditionally, you wear your engagement ring and wedding ring together on the fourth finger of your left hand. As far as how to stack them, tradition holds that you’ll wear the wedding band inside the engagement ring so that it’s closer to your heart.
Ultimately, whether or not you choose to have both an engagement ring and a wedding band is a personal choice. Some couples may prefer to have just one ring that serves both purposes, while others may choose to have both rings for their own reasons.
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