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What is the differance between engagement rings and wedding bands

The difference between an engagement ring and wedding ring is that an engagement ring is given at a proposal or when a couple decides to get married. A wedding ring is exchanged at the wedding ceremony and represents the official bond of marriage. Both rings are often worn together as symbols of love and commitment.

Marriage is no doubt a meaningful life decision that demands a lot of discussion and planning. Almost equally important, though, is your choice of wedding jewelry. When looking for wedding bands, and you want something original that represents you and your eternal love, or what you both like, things can be rather daunting. At Mandali Jewelry, Alisdair crafts each piece by hand to the specifications of each and every customer while having his own touch and style of work. Be it your favorite mountain range, Maori tribal designs, waves, hands or even stones, he will make sure to deliver a unique piece you will be able to wear for a life time! At Mandali Jewlery your ideas can become reality.

The tradition of exchanging rings has existed for hundreds of years, and continues to be one of the most significant symbols of commitment in contemporary society. With so many options in terms of engagement rings, wedding bands and wedding rings, finding the right jewelry to represent your special bond can be as challenging as - well - finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

While figuring out which rings you should purchase, you're faced with a wide range of styles, stones and price tags. Do you need all three? And if so, do they need to match? Since you'll be wearing this jewelry 'till death do you part, you should be sure to choose styles that you'll love for a lifetime.

There's a reason why women dream up their ideal engagement rings from a young age. These pieces are perhaps the most extravagant of all, often featuring ornate bands, a combination of white or colored diamonds and elaborate settings. Additionally, the engagement ring has a specific significance because it is typically presented at the moment of proposal. From the moment the woman in question says "yes," she'll be sporting this piece to signify her impending nuptials.

Wedding rings, on the other hand, tend to be less intricate, but still might feature pave diamonds or other precious stones. However, many brides may select a plain platinum or gold band if their engagement ring is on the flashier or more decorative side. A big differentiating factor is also the timing. While engagement rings are offered at the proposal or soon after, the the wedding rings are exchanged by bride and groom at the ceremony.

Wedding rings can be worn with the engagement ring, but should always be placed on the bottom of the same finger. The reason for this is that the wedding ring is considered the ultimate metaphor for eternal love, and should be closer to the wearer's heart. Due to this time-honored belief, the engagement ring is taken off temporarily during the ceremony so that the wedding ring can be situated below it.

In some cases, it makes sense to purchase a bridal set. This saves couples the struggle of trying to match the engagement ring and the wedding ring. Some wedding sets even include the groom's wedding ring as well, to ensure that the couple's jewelry is all perfectly coordinated. Integrated sets will fit flawlessly with each other, but one drawback is that the wedding band must be worn with the engagement ring as neither piece will look right if worn separately. Conversely, the wedding band and engagement ring can stand alone in a parallel set. Still, there are no rules for how well the two rings should blend or complement each other.

Since the earliest times, the wedding ring was simply a metal band meant to represent eternity, love and devotion. Yellow gold was the traditional metal used and there was little embellishment. Even today, this classic style remains among the most popular.

When it comes to bridal rings, engagement rings get all the attention. So much so that even a simple search for wedding ring styles will bring up information mainly on engagement rings.

But for most people, the wedding ring is much more important than engagement rings. It represents the marriage and is hardly ever taken off. Taken this way, picking out the right wedding band is crucial if you want to get something that you’ll love for a lifetime. Which is why we think it’s important to talk about wedding rings and the different styles they come in.

Important Considerations

Before we delve into the styles of wedding rings, it’s important to consider what is most important to you when selecting your ring. Consider:

  1. Durability – a wedding ring should be able to take knocks, bumps and impact and still look amazing. The materials and design play big roles in durability.

  2. Symbolism – different ring styles come with their own symbolism. If this is important to you, think about what you want the ring to represent.

  3. Price – more elaborate wedding ring styles will cost more. Setting a budget will help you to choose within that range.

  4. Your Personal Style – are you into minimalist or maximalist styles? Your wedding ring should be a true reflection of you and should be able to blend into what you normally wear.

Comfort – comfort is key when choosing your ring because it’s something you’ll be wearing every day.

How do wedding bands work?

Once you're married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring.

What does the wedding band represent?

The wedding ring is an emblem of love through time, a symbol of devotion and an agreement between two parties to love and cherish one another for the rest of their days.Wedding rings are, of course, circular in shape and this in itself carries a symbolic meaning for the couple getting married.

Why are rings used in marriage?

By wearing rings on their fourth fingers, married spouses symbolically declare their life-long love for and fidelity to each other. This symbol has public utility, and is presently expected as a matter of tradition and etiquette, so much so that its absence is often interpreted as meaning that the person is single.

What do you do with an engagement ring after you get married? Traditionally, the wedding band goes first on the finger so it's closest to the heart. To ensure the proper position, some brides temporarily move their engagement ring to their right hand. Then, after the nuptials, they return the ring to their left hand over the wedding band.

What’s the correct way to wear wedding rings?

In western cultures, the correct way to wear a wedding ring set is engagement and wedding rings are worn on the ring finger on the left hand. This dates all the way back to ancient times, when people believed that the left ring finger held the vein that connected directly to the heart.

Timing – The engagement ring is presented to a woman during a proposal. On the other hand, the wedding rings are exchanged between partners during the marriage ceremony and are worn starting from that time.

Design – Engagements rings tend to be more extravagant and usually have a center stone made of diamond (thanks to De Beers’s advertising campaign). In contrast, wedding rings tend to be plain looking and have simple designs.

To sum things up, the engagement ring is worn by your fiancée after a successful proposal. The engagement ring symbolizes a pledge of love and tells other people that a woman is no longer available.

The wedding ring (wedding band) is worn by both spouses after exchanging vows during the marriage ceremony. The rings are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand and it represents the commitment, love and faithfulness of your spouse to you.

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