• Kip James (Owner)

Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings

Wedding rings and engagement rings are often mistaken to be the same, but they are actually two different rings.


So What’s the Difference?

While an engagement ring is given during a proposal, wedding rings are exchanged during a wedding ceremony. Wedding rings are also called wedding bands and can be worn stacked with the engagement ring, or on their own.


Does the Wedding Ring Need to Match the Engagement Ring?

It comes down to personal preference. A set—sometimes called a bridal set—includes an engagement ring and a wedding band that matches perfectly. The groom’s wedding ring usually isn’t included but can be included in a custom set if you would like both wedding rings to match.


How are the Rings Stacked?

Traditionally, the engagement ring and the wedding ring are worn together on your left ring finger, although this varies between cultures. The engagement ring is typically stacked above the wedding ring, which is usually worn at the base of your finger, because it’s closest to your heart! But it is up to the wearer to decide how they want to wear their rings and is a matter of personal preference.


Do You Need to Wear Both Rings?

No, you don’t need to wear both your engagement ring and wedding ring all of the time. In fact, it is best to remove your rings before doing any cleaning, exercising, or swimming!


Tips for Ring Shopping


  • Choose a ring that suits your partner’s style: A custom ring is the perfect way to ensure that they will love it, especially if they have a specific vision in mind.

  • Know the 4 Cs: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. These factors determine a diamond’s quality and knowing the 4 Cs will help you to find the perfect ring.

  • The wedding band compliments the engagement ring: It is important to think about how they will look together.

  • Think about custom: Custom rings are the best way to ensure that your rings will match and perfectly reflect what you and your partner are looking for. Our jewelers at James & Son Jewelry Studio Halifax can help you to design and create the perfect rings.


If you are searching for the perfect engagement ring, a pair of wedding rings, or a bridal set, consider talking to us at James & Son Jewelry about how we can create a beautiful, truly unique piece that fits your vision and your budget.

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