When a friend recently gets engaged or married, it’s common to see them posting pictures of their rings on their social media accounts to share their good news. Engagement and wedding rings are significant symbols in a relationship. They are usually given when the couple gets engaged and again when they get married. But what are the essential features of engagement and wedding rings? Are they the same or different?
Engagement rings are usually given during the proposal to signify the intent to marry. Here are some of the fundamental features of engagement rings.
Engagement rings have various styles. Most couples choose the band based on personal preference and style. Some of the designs include the following:
While diamonds are a popular gemstone for engagement rings, some engagement rings also feature other gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and the like. The rock is usually placed at the center of the ring, symbolizing the importance of the couple’s relationship.
A setting refers to how the gemstone is placed on the ring. The setting affects the ring’s appearance and the security of the gemstone. Typical settings include the following:
Gold (yellow, white, or rose) and platinum are the most common metals used for rings. Each metal has its own unique characteristics, and durability, color, and price point will vary depending on the metal.
Like engagement rings, wedding rings also symbolize a couple’s love and commitment to each other.
Wedding rings are usually exchanged to symbolize the couple's vows and commitment during the wedding ceremony. The bands are placed on the ring finger of the left hand, believed to have a direct connection to the heart.
Here are the features of a wedding ring:
Wedding bands are often less fancy in design compared to engagement rings. Sometimes they are simple bands made of the same metal as the engagement ring or chosen to complement it. They can be plain, engraved, or feature small gemstones.
Some couples opt for matching wedding ring sets where the style and design are coordinated to symbolize unity and harmony. These days, however, it’s becoming more common for each partner to select a ring that reflects their taste.
Some wedding rings feature meaningful engravings on the inside of the band. Couples can write their names, the wedding date, or a particular phrase on the ring. While not required, this personal touch often adds sentimental value to the ring.
Over time, some couples choose to add enhancements to their wedding rings. Some will pick eternity bands (rings with diamonds or gemstones encircling the entire band) to symbolize eternal love. Sometimes, during anniversary milestones, some couples will get anniversary bands.
It’s important to note that customs and traditions concerning engagement rings, wedding rings, and other symbols vary across diverse cultures. Personal preferences also dictate a couple’s choice for engagement and wedding rings. What matters, after all, is the love and commitment a couple has for each other. Rings are simply a symbol of those.