Rings have long been regarded as symbolic of romantic love. Putting a ring on someone is to publicly acknowledge your intention and desire to spend the rest of your lives together. Whether it’s a promise ring, an engagement ring, a wedding ring or even an anniversary ring – each ring holds a special place in a couple’s journey of love. But is there a ring etiquette that you should know about? What happens to each ring as a new one is introduced into the relationship? Here’s Jewel Tree London’s tips on how to wear your wedding (and other) rings!
The Promise Ring
Promise rings can hold unique meanings for each couple, but as a general rule promise rings are a placeholder of sorts before the couple can get together to actually get engaged. These are symbols of commitment, a promise given to each other that they’d be faithful to their love and relationship even if they’re miles apart. Promise rings are popularly purchased as pairs to be worn by both partners and can be worn on any finger of either hands. The best part of promise rings is that they don’t need you to splurge a huge amount of money and could simply be handmade rings. Fashion enthusiasts can even choose a double ring or stack rings – adding a ring to the stack for each year of commitment.
The Engagement Ring
When the couple is ready to take their relationship to the next level, the all important question is popped and an engagement ring is put on the 4th finger of the left hand. Picking out the engagement ring could be the toughest shopping decision you will make, but it’s all worth it for it marks the beginning of a lifetime of togetherness and commitment.
The Wedding Ring
On the day of your union, the engagement ring is replaced by the wedding ring. Wedding rings are generally less extravagant as compared to the engagement ring, mostly because couples want to get a pair that matches and can be comfortably worn daily. The wedding ring is also worn on the 4th finger of the left hand. But then, what happens to the engagement ring? Read on!
Engagement + Wedding Ring
Since the wedding ring goes on the same finger as the engagement ring, what happens to the latter? It’s up to you! Some women have quite the emotional attachment to their engagement ring and decide to keep it on, right alongside their wedding ring. It’s a beautiful daily reminder of two of the biggest relationship milestones.
Wearing as a Necklace
Wearing multiple rings daily is not everyone’s cup of tea. Whether it’s a style choice or a work/lifestyle requirement, for those who can’t wear multiple rings, can still keep their engagement ring close to their heart by wearing them on their necklace. Convert your previous relationship milestone rings into pendants by simply slipping them into a chain necklace of your choice.
Combining the Rings
Another unique way of always having your engagement and wedding rings together is welding them into one ring. Not only would you be able to forever wear them together but you would have a truly unique ring design to celebrate your love.
As the years pass in your marriage, with every anniversary you will marvel at your journey of love. You will want to mark every milestone anniversary with a special present and what better option than the ultimate symbol of love in jewellery – rings. Traditionally, each wedding anniversary is associated with a special type of ring. It could be gold, diamond, sapphire, ruby…there’s a unique choice for each year. There are no rules for anniversary rings as such, and can be worn on any finger. Most women opt to wear them on the 4th finger of their right hand so as not to take away from their original wedding ring. However, some even choose to upgrade their wedding ring, and replace them with the anniversary ring akin to renewal of vows!