How To Wear A Wedding Band With Your Engagement Ring

How To Wear A Wedding Band With Your Engagement Ring

When you’re engaged but not married, wearing an engagement ring is simple. Ring-finger; left hand. Keep it on most of the time. 

Things get complicated post-wedding. How do you wear your band and ring together? And what do you do with eternity rings, which many couples buy to mark important dates?

Read on to find out as we explore the right way to wear a wedding band with your engagement ring. 

Engagement Rings that Sit Flush With Bands

Rings sit flush with other pieces if they have a smooth band with no protrusions. Protrusions - whether details, side stones, or ring galleries that extend sideways - stop rings from sitting flush. 

1. Wedding ring sets and matching pieces

Sitting an engagement ring flush against a matching band gives both pieces a whole new look. Many wedding sets - meaning rings and bands sold together - are specifically made for this. 

Example: the Razor Kamellie engagement ring and matching band. 

Pave Kamellie Set, 2 ct Round Moissanite image

Pave Kamellie Set, 2 ct Round Moissanite

Another example: the Pave Rachel wedding band and matching engagement ring. 

Rachel Set, 3.5 ct Oval Moissanite image

Rachel Set, 3.5 ct Oval Moissanite

Rings and bands that aren’t part of a set can still match well. Just make sure that the style, gold color, and finish are similar for both pieces. 

Neutral engagement rings, like the Kamelie, are a good match with virtually any wedding band:

Solitaire Kamelie, Set With 3.5 mm Adelle Emerald Eternity Band, 2 ct Emerald Lab Diamond image

Solitaire Kamelie, Set With 3.5 mm Adelle Emerald Eternity Band, 2 ct Emerald Lab Diamond

2. Mixing and matching unique pieces

Many people choose to mix-and-match rings and bands. 

Solitaire Kamelie, 1.3 ct Oval Lab Diamond image

Solitaire Kamelie, 1.3 ct Oval Lab Diamond

One popular option is wearing a pave band with a smooth engagement ring, e.g. the Rachel ring and Kamelie band.

Pave Rachel Band,  0.3 ct Lab Diamonds image

Pave Rachel Band,  0.3 ct Lab Diamonds

Another option is a wide wedding band, like the Twig Cigar, with a dainty engagement ring like the Kamellie or Alex

Twig Cigar, 5 mm White Gold image

Twig Cigar, 5 mm White Gold

Something you see less often is a mix of textures. For example, you can stack the textured Twig Emilly solitaire ring with a smooth-polished band:

Textured Twig Emily, 1 ct Oval Lab Diamond image

Textured Twig Emily, 1 ct Oval Lab Diamond

Want to make a statement? Mix-and-match rings and bands with different gold colors. 

Lindsey, Yellow Gold Engagement Ring With White and Rose Wedding Bands image

Lindsey, Yellow Gold Engagement Ring With White and Rose Wedding Bands

When Your Engagement Ring Doesn’t Sit Flush With Bands

Sometimes, your pieces can’t (or won’t) sit flush next to each other. When this happens, you can style your ring, band, and other accessories (e.g. eternity rings) in the following ways. 

3. Embrace the gap

Ring won’t sit flush against your band? Go wabi-sabi and embrace the gap between your pieces. Gaps like this are eye-catching and fun, especially if you’re mixing-and-matching styles and colors. 

Penelope, 3 ct Round Set With Eternity Band image

Penelope, 3 ct Round Set With Eternity Band

4. Buy a chevron or curved band

A curved or chevron band like the Mia leaves extra space around the middle of the ring. This means you can slide the band next to an engagement ring; even a low-profile one.

Mia, 1.5 mm Wedding Band image

Mia, 1.5 mm Wedding Band

Your pieces may not sit perfectly flush, especially if you rock a large (3+ carat) center stone. Still, they’ll sit closer together and feel more comfortable on the finger. 

Mia Set, 2.5 ct Oval Moissanite image

Mia Set, 2.5 ct Oval Moissanite

5. Gap band

A gap band works a lot like a chevron or curved band. Smaller ring protrusions can slide through the band’s gap, letting your pieces sit flush on the finger. 

Sofia 2 mm Pave Gap Wedding Band image

Sofia 2 mm Pave Gap Wedding Band

6. Have the wedding band sit on another finger

Another option is to wear your band and engagement ring on different fingers. 

Pave Kamellie, Round Set With 2.5 mm Adelle image

Pave Kamellie, Round Set With 2.5 mm Adelle

The custom is to keep the engagement ring on the fourth finger, and move the band to the index or middle fingers. 

This option also works well with eternity rings, which can also go on the right hand - and on the pinky ring finger. 

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