The Perfect Pair: how to match your wedding and engagement rings

When it comes to engagement rings, we’re all well aware of the long-standing ‘rules’ that traditionally determine who pays for what, but how does it work with wedding bands?

Tradition dictates that each half of the couple buys and pays for their partner’s ring. However, there is generally far more flexibility when it comes to wedding bands, with fewer customs and expectations, meaning the choice is completely down to you.

Whether you’re shopping together to match the rings, or are buying separately for one another, how can you or your partner ensure the wedding band matches the other significant ring on your finger? Read on to find out.

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One of the most important stylistic considerations to ensure your wedding and engagement rings match is the choice of metal. Most people will opt for the same type of metal for both pieces of jewellery to ensure they are perfectly complementary when sat on your finger.

But there are other metal combinations you can choose that work just as well, and could even make the set more distinctive. For example, a white gold engagement ring and a yellow gold wedding band is a tried and tested combination.

Alternatively, especially if you’re envisaging a modern, bohemian wedding, why not consider a splash of rose gold in one of the rings? In recent years, rose gold has grown in popularity, and will look elegant alongside a white or yellow gold ring.

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If you weren’t involved in the shopping process for the engagement ring, ask your partner whether the jeweller recommended a wedding band to go alongside the ring of choice. Many jewellers will have picked out certain bands that complement different styles of engagement rings, so it’s worth knowing whether there is a match already to save you lots of time. This can be especially important if you have a shaped engagement ring, as a matched wedding band should fit snugly into the existing shape.

If you or your partner weren’t given this information, a local jeweller will be able to advise you on the best options to complement your engagement ring. There are so many different factors that can affect how the two will work together, from the size of the diamond to the engagement ring’s setting.

For example, an engagement ring in a solitaire setting will be best suited to a curved wedding band. This will help the central diamond to sit more comfortably on your finger as the shape of the band will frame the stone, making it stand out even more.

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Important considerations

  • Don’t let your wedding ring steal the show. Even when the second band is brought into the equation, your engagement ring should still take centre stage. The engagement ring will likely be the more expensive piece of jewellery, and you don’t want any of the attention being taken away from the central jewel.
  • Allow plenty of time. It can be one of those tasks you put off, with so many other things to consider in the build up to the big day. But to ensure you are both happy with the rings, allow plenty of time for the shopping process.
  • Shop together. The best way to ensure the two rings will sit nicely alongside each other is to go shopping together and physically try on several options. This will ensure that the rings fit well and more importantly that you are happy with the look.

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