Engagements and weddings enjoy hand-in-hand relationships, so it only makes sense that the rings themselves should exhibit a sense of aesthetic balance in terms of their design. This is also why the majority of couples wish to match the appearance of both rings. What are some suggestions to keep in mind during the design process? Let’s take a look at what you need to know well in advance.
The Types of Settings
Many experts will argue that the ring setting is the most important element within the overall design. Settings are intended to firmly hold precious stones such as diamonds in place and there are many options to choose from. The type of setting will often depend upon the physical characteristics of the stone (such as its size and shape) as well as your personal desires.
The Position of Both Rings
In this case, we are referring to your ability to wear both of the rings on the same finger. This is a common practice after the day of the wedding, as each design will be able to compliment the other. One issue to contemplate is if you wish both rings to sit flush against one another or if a small gap is preferred.
This might depend upon the type of setting, as certain settings (such as cathedral and Tiffany) have been designed in such a way as to allow an engagement ring to fit snugly beneath. It is best to speak with a professional jeweler in order to determine your options. He or she will also be able to provide you with examples.
Metals to Consider
It is a foregone conclusion that many individuals choose to use the same metal when designing both rings. This is an excellent way to accentuate the visual sense of balance that was mentioned earlier in this article. However, there is no rule which states that such suggestions should always be followed. Perhaps you are a fan of both silver and gold. You might instead wish to create a sense of visual depth through the use of two different metals. As always, feel free to experiment with different options before making a final decision.
A Quick Guide to Ring Pairings
We have already seen that the setting will play an important role when pairing engagement and wedding rings. Although there is no “right or wrong” in this sense, there are still a handful of professional suggestions to keep in mind:
- Pair a round solitaire engagement ring with a curved wedding band.
- Pair oval- or pear-cut engagement rings with a chevron-style wedding band.
- Use a three-stone engagement ring in combination with a pavé wedding band.
Pairing engagement and wedding rings together is becoming an increasingly popular trend and all of the recommendations above are perfectly relevant. Ultimately, always remember that this is a flexible design option, so there is no “correct” or “incorrect” decision. Feel free to experiment or to consult with a professional ring designer.