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Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Getting married is an exciting step, but with this excitement often comes a lot of stress. From deciding on a wedding venue to whittling down the invite list, there are tons of choices every couple must make. However, between cake tastings and tux fittings, sometimes the smaller details are overlooked. One of these smaller items, though, is the center of the ceremony itself: the wedding bands. When it comes to selecting wedding rings, there are tons of options available for both the bride and groom. Nevertheless, it is important to select the right rings. Not only do the rings symbolize the eternal love of marriage, they must match personalities of both the couple and the ceremony itself.

Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Traditionally, it is up to the groom to select an engagement ring as a lead up to the proposal. However, many brides-to-be are often involved in the selection of the engagement ring to some degree. With the popularity of social media sites, it is easier than ever to get an idea of what she might like on her hand. However, when it comes to choosing the wedding bands, the waters are a little murky. A bride may have her eyes on a matched set so that her wedding band will complement her engagement ring. On the other hand, the groom may not wear jewelry regularly, and it may be quite difficult to choose the wedding ring he’ll like best. If this is the case, the bride may do well to consider his everyday style and help him make a choice.

Men's Wedding Band
Dual Band Men’s Wedding Ring in 14k White Gold

The safest answer is to have both the bride and groom select their own rings together. This will ensure both parties are happy with the ring they will wear for the rest of their married lives.

Who Pays For The Wedding Rings?

The cost of the average American wedding continues to grow higher, so sticking to a budget is very important. The cost of the wedding bands should be factored into this overall plan, but there are a number of ways to decide who pays for each ring. Historical examples suggest the bridge should purchase the groom’s ring and vice versa, but this is not always the case. In some instances, the parents of the bride or groom may step in to pick up the cost. More often, though, the cost of the wedding rings is part of the wedding budget. This allows for easier planning and payment.

women's wedding band
A 18k Rose Gold Pave Diamond Wedding Band

When deciding, keep in mind the style of the ceremony and the preferences of your partner. Also, it is important to remember that the rings themselves are symbols of everlasting love, but that does not mean they have to match exactly. A marriage is a union of two individuals, and each person is bound to have a style they like best. When picking out wedding rings together, discuss your likes and dislikes with your partner. It will help determine the perfect band for your new spouse.

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Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Differences to Know

Engagement ring vs. wedding ring

Your wedding proposal and your wedding day are huge moments in your relationship and you want it to be perfect, from the words you say, the location of the wedding and the rings themselves. Everyone will be there, and it will surely be a night that you will never forget, so plan, save and do it right; after all, you will be telling the story for the rest of your lives!

If you choose correctly she’ll treasure those rings forever, if not, well… you may be making an exchange on your wedding night! With all the options available it can be hard to feel confident with your choice, especially when it comes to deciding whether or not to go with an engagement ring or wedding ring or both.

Complicating this decision is the fact that many people use the two terms interchangeably. Any ring connected to a marriage might be called one term or the other, simply depending on who you’re speaking to. There is a lot of information out there and you have to sift through the non-sense to find the real helpful information.

Let Adiamor educate on the differences between an engagement ring vs. wedding ring so that you and put your worries to rest. No matter the bride, we can help you find or create the perfect ring and make sure you get the rings just right for your special day? Read on to find out.

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Which is Which?

The first thing you need to know about the difference between engagement rings and wedding rings is what their purposes are.

An engagement ring is given before the wedding, when you propose. Since their first recorded use in 1477, engagement rings have been a symbol of the promise between two people to marry. It is a physical sign of your love for each other and decision to act on it. Typically, the groom presents an engagement ring to the bride.

A wedding ring, on the other hand, is one that is exchanged during the actual marriage ceremony. Unlike with engagement rings, the bride and the groom each get one.

Most people will wear their wedding rings every single day, as it is a symbol of your marriage itself, and the love you will always bear for one another.

As for the engagement ring, it tends to be a personal preference whether it is worn daily after the wedding itself. But, with the beauty of engagement rings, many brides will continue to wear it daily, stacked on top of the wedding band – check out these stackable wedding rings for examples.

Major Differences Between The Two

Design

Immediately, the difference between an engagement ring vs a wedding ring is apparent in the general design of the two.

Feel free to build your own ring to see the differences for yourself, but in its simplest form, a wedding ring is a metal band. Generally, they are the same width all the way around and look the same when viewed from any angle.

Engagement rings tend to have a definite front and back. Often, they have a featured stone – generally a diamond – set in the middle of the front. They will likely have embellishment, and often more stones surrounding this central stone.

Complexity and Material

The easiest way to tell the difference between an engagement ring vs. wedding ring is the use of precious metals and stones.

Engagement rings tend to be much flashier than wedding rings and are often referred to as wedding bands because traditionally, they are simply bands of metal, generally gold.

Engagement rings, on the other hand, are made to dazzle. While some people opt for other choices of stones, diamonds are the most popular; most women prefer diamonds as their stone of choice when it comes to engagement rings, and it’s hard not to agree.


Our massive variety of diamonds available when it comes to cut and color means you can definitely find a ring that perfectly suits your partner’s tastes and style.


And while wedding rings tend to be on the simpler side, they are also available with some embellishment, whether that is more precious stones, decorative metalwork or other design elements. This can be especially nice if the bride decides not to wear her engagement ring after the wedding.

Since both the bride and the groom wear wedding rings, sometimes couples look for matching sets. Other brides tend to prefer a more stylized, feminine ring, while grooms tend to stick with a simple band, whether it is gold, platinum, titanium, or a variety of other metals.

Price

And lastly, because they feature such beautiful stones and more intricate designs, engagement rings tend to cost much more than wedding rings.

Regardless of what ring you end up choosing, it’s important to plan your budget in advance. With a proper budgeting guide, you can feel confident in your decision making for both rings.

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Adiamor’s Recent Custom Engagment Rings

We recently completed several very impressive custom rings, and wants to showcase them here.

The first ring we built for a slightly rectangular radiant cut diamond. We customized R2859 for the specific center stone and added tapered baguette side stones in between the split shank. We think it turned out beautifully!

Custom Engagement Ring for Radiant Diamond
Custom Engagement Ring for Radiant Diamond

The second ring is actually a beautiful eternity band. Each diamond is .50 cts! We specially chose each of them to match, it look almost a month to source the diamonds. It was absolutely breath-taking!

Custom Eternity Band
Custom Eternity Band

 

For a similar look, check out R2955 or R2952.

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How Do People Wear Wedding Bands?

Everyone has their own style and preferences when it comes to pairing wedding bands with engagement rings. Some of our rings have matching bands designed for them, but some can be paired with many options. Here are some ideas of how people like to wear wedding bands.

Some people like the exact match to their engagement ring, like R2890 and its matching wedding band, R2891.

Oval Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band
Oval Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Some of our customers like the option of wearing the wedding band alone; for example, when they are traveling. A straight band or an eternity band is great choice for that.

Certain halo rings sit high enough that they can be paired with a straight wedding band. R2940 is an example of a ring with can be paired with a variety of straight rings. You can also stack an anniversary band or second wedding band on top to create more impact. Here is R2940 stacked with R2489 and R2488.

Cushion Halo Ring with Mismatched Stacked Bands
Cushion Halo Ring with Mismatched Stacked Bands

Certain halo style rings, like R2877, require a curved band. Some of our clients always wear their rings together so a curved band is not a problem. These people might even choose to solder their rings together so that they cannot come apart.

Two Toned Halo Ring with Matching Curved Wedding Band
Two Toned Halo Ring with Matching Curved Wedding Band

Another look which is quite popular is pairing an eternity band with a solitaire setting.

The 3 cttw eternity band, R2952, is an impressive statement next to this basket solitaire, R2906. Some people prefer a more understated eternity band, like R2947, though.

Solitaire Diamond Ring with 1 cttw and 3 cttw Eternity Bands
Solitaire Diamond Ring with 3 cttw and 1 cttw Eternity Bands

 

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Why Do People Buy Eternity Bands?

Why do people buy eternity bands? Eternity bands are purchased for reasons both logical and sentimental.

On the design side, people buy eternity bands for the way the rings look. Because the rings can turn around the finger, no matter which way the ring is facing, all you see if delectable sparkle. An eternity ring’s versatility is another popular feature; people appreciate that they can be worn on their own or stacked with other rings.

Jennifer Garner Stackable Eternity Rings
Jennifer Garner Stackable Eternity Rings

On the emotional side, eternity rings are very meaningful because they combine two classic symbols of everlasting love: the never-ending circle of the ring and enduring, beautiful diamonds.  Even the name emphasizes the concept of ‘forever’. This is why they are so perfect for commemorating important events in life, such as weddings, anniversaries, or the birth of a child.

 

We loved Jennifer Garner’s stackable eternity bands so much, we decided to recreate her look using rings from our own collection. Featured from top to bottom are: R2886, R2952, R2770 and RB0998. Jennifer’s designer look costs around $40,000! You can get her look for less at Adiamor for around $9,900!

Adiamor's eternity bands on hand
Stacked Eternity Bands.
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2011 Engagement and Wedding Ring Report Yields Impressive Statistics

Have you ever wondered how much the average engagement ring weighs, or which cut is preferred by consumers? How about the most popular metal for engagement bands and wedding sets? Perhaps you’d like to know what the majority of couples consider to be the most important aspects of selecting their wedding bands, or where they go to get their rings. You can find the answers to these questions and more in the annual Engagement and Wedding Ring Report(conducted by research and forecast company The Wedding Report, Inc.), which compiles data about the marketing and sale of engagement and wedding bands as well as consumer information pertaining to what goes into the selection process.

To address the questions posed above, the average engagement ring weight 1.18 carats, more than half of people who purchase engagement rings select a round cut, and white gold is the most popular metal. In addition, most couples rate design, style, and durability as the most important factors in the selection process and interestingly, most brides and grooms research their rings online, but only about $1 billion out of the estimated $9.64 billion that people spent on rings last year went to online retailers. However, that number is going up every year as e-tailers continue to offer amazing prices along with guarantees of authenticity.

And here are a few other interesting facts that you may relate to. If you don’t really understand how clarity ratings work (or how and why they affect the price of a diamond), you’re not alone. Not only grooms, but also many brides report that they don’t have the foggiest notion what clarity is. And if you decide to personalize your engagement ring or wedding band (say, with an inscription), you are in the minority (only about 24% of couples do this). Here’s another surprise: the fastest growing segment of the engagement and wedding ring market is for men, who it seems have collectively decided that their bands should include diamonds.

Although it’s fun to peruse these statistics and realize that you aren’t the only one looking for a bigger ring, a better cut, or someone to explain how the heck clarity figures into the equation, keep in mind that each couple has to make their own choices concerning engagement and wedding bands based not on what others are doing, but what fits their sensibilities, time frame, and budget. So don’t get hung up on the stats; instead, enjoy the ride with your future spouse and select the rings that are right for you.

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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s Wedding Ring Details

The lovebirds may have faced some controversy when first they announced their engagement, but the subsequent marriage of Lachey’s ex (Jessica Simpson) helped to smooth over public opinion and pave the way for the couple’s future nuptials, which occurred just a few days ago. The wedding took place on Neckar Island (owned by Sir Richard Branson) in the Caribbean, on a cliff overlooking the cerulean waters. Minnillo wore a silk, Monique Lhuillier creation that featuredcrystal beadwork while Lachey sported a Dolce & Gabanna design. Of course, anyone interested in getting a peek at the ceremony can see the two-hour special airing on TLC July 30th, entitled Nick & Vanessa’s Dream Wedding (you didn’t think the reality TV duo would do anything less!).

And of course, no celebrity wedding would be complete without some spectacular bling on display. Those who paid attention to the engagement of late last year were probably in awe of the fabulous, 4-carat, Asscher-cut diamond that the soon-to-be Mrs. Lachey was seen sporting. The central stone, flanked by trapezoidal diamonds and set in a platinum band, was designed by Bader and Garrin and reportedly cost around $125,000. Of course, Kim Kardashian’s $2 million stunner would shortly surpass Minnillo’s ring in the bling department, but as of last November, Minnillo had one of the finest celebrity engagement rings on the market.

Now the couple has added a pair of gorgeous wedding bands to the mix. Also designed by David Bader (of Bader and Garrin), Minnillo’s band was made to match perfectly with her engagement ring, featuring smaller Asscher-cut diamonds in a platinum eternity band. Even Lachey went for an embellished ring. Although he obviously wanted something more masculine (opting for a thicker band) the design of his ring featured 24 diamonds. Also reportedly included in Lachey’s ring was a special inscription penned by his now-wife. As to what that message might be, the couple has thus far remained tight-lipped on the subject (apparently wishing to keep at least one part of the wedding arrangements private). All that was revealed was that the engraving was “heartfelt”. If you want to know more, tune in on Saturday to see the wedding for yourself!

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The Difference between Wedding and Engagement Rings

Both the engagement ring and the wedding band have special importance in the progression of a relationship. Each represents a promise (one of marriage, one of a lifetime together) and carries with it a weighty responsibility. But while they are similar in many ways, they also have marked differences that may affect the selection process. If you feel that it is only the engagement ring that requires special scrutiny, you couldn’t be more wrong. In some ways, selecting the right wedding band is even more important. Here are a few ways in which the two rings are very different and why you need to consider them carefully.

For starters, there are the obvious physical differences. Traditionally, the engagement ring is a solitaire (a single diamond mounted on a plain band), although as long as there is a large central stone present, it seems that just about anything is acceptable these days. The wedding band, on the other hand, is usually plain and simple, although it sometimes includes smaller stones (as with an eternity band or a wedding set that includes the engagement ring and a complimentary wedding band) or has a motif, significant phrase, or promise etched into it.

Then there is the disparity in meaning to consider. Both the intention and action behind these two rings is different in nature. When an engagement ring is given, it can be done in a number of ways, most of which have special significance to the particular couple. There is no correct way to propose marriage. The actual wedding, on the other hand, requires that certain standards be adhered to. For one thing, the couple must, without fail, pledge their lives to one another. Further, the engagement ring poses a question while the wedding ring symbolizes the answer. Engagements can be broken much more easily than married couples can be divorced from one another.

While it may seem, on the surface, that these two rings represent the same thing, it simply isn’t true. So you should certainly take your time choosing an engagement ring that your fiancé will treasure, but don’t think the job ends there. Just as much care should be put into consideration of the wedding bands, especially since they are the symbol of your shared bond, on both the day you say your “I dos” and for the rest of your lives together.