What is the Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Band?
The terms wedding ring and engagement ring can be confusing. For men it is quite simple, when they get married, they wear a wedding ring, usually a metal band of some kind without stones, but sometimes set with stones flush into the metal.
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For women, the ring choices are a little more complicated. An engagement ring typically refers to the ring that will be used to propose with, though it can, of course, be bought after one has already proposed. Fiancés are increasingly picking out engagement rings together. It usually prominently features a single diamond alone or flanked by multiple diamonds. A solitaire setting is the most common and classic.
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Some women choose just to wear the engagement ring on its own and some chose to wear it with a matching wedding band. This band can be plain metal or set with diamonds. Often times, they are sold in bridal sets (the engagement ring and a matching wedding ring) with the matching wedding ring specially shaped so that it fits flush against the engagement ring.
Newly popular, is to wear a matching band on either side of the engagement ring, so that the engagement ring sits symmetrically in the middle. These can all be purchased at one time, or the second matching wedding band can be later purchased as an anniversary present.
Also, increasingly, women are choosing to just wear a wedding ring (and forgo an engagement ring entirely) as the available styles have become more elaborate and detailed.
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Also, they can feature as much bling as an engagement ring.
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I think this trend is partly because most women now work, and a wedding band with a low profile (as opposed to a two carat diamond jutting out from their finger) is just more conducive to a highly active lifestyle. But some women, no matter what their profession, will still want a big rock on their finger. To each his own (or her), as they say. Here’s to finding the perfect ring.