by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
A Wedding ring sets are the most classic of marital jewelry, a beautifully paired engagement ring and wedding band, possibly with another matched band so both partners share a coordinated set to symbolize their union. But how can couples buy just the right wedding ring sets?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
In this guide, we will explain the following:
- What is a Wedding ring set
- Matched wedding ring sets
- Simple wedding ring sets
- Top 10 questions when buying wedding ring sets
- How many rings to choose
- Will both partners have input on the purchase?
- Can the engagement ring be worn separately?
- How “matched” should the rings be?
- How appropriate are the ring proportions?
- What size should a wedding ring set be?
- Can the ring(s) be worn with different careers and hobbies?
- Would a vintage or antique wedding ring set be the best option?
- Is the style one that will be happily worn for years?
- Is the set purchased early enough?
What Is a Wedding Ring set?
Wedding ring sets consist of two or three coordinated rings, with matching metal, gemstones, and design details that clearly identify the rings as belonging together. A bridal wedding ring set generally consists of both the engagement ring and wedding band, while simple wedding ring sets may have just two matched wedding bands, one for each partner. A full set may include all three rings, with each piece beautifully coordinated with the others.
Matched Wedding Ring Sets
A matched set of wedding rings is a great choice for many couples. If one individual will wear multiple rings – the engagement ring paired with a wedding band – a set ensures the two rings fit snuggly together without being unbalanced or risking damage as two less perfectly matched rings might rub against one another. If both partners wear the rings, a matched set is another way to feel connected to one another and to symbolize the coordinated, matching vows both partners made.
Simple Wedding Ring Sets
A unique wedding ring set can be as simple or complex as a couple desires. A simpler set may have just plain bands for understated elegance, or may have some diamond accents without being too dramatic. A more elaborate set may incorporate metalwork, diamonds, gemstones, and other details shared between the rings, further demonstrating their connection as a set and offering even more fashionable flair.
Top 10 Questions When Buying Wedding Ring Sets
With so much variation to wedding ring sets, how can a couple buy the perfect set to represent their union? Choosing wedding rings is a very personal decision, one that a couple should consider just as carefully as any part of their future together.
• How Many Rings To Choose?
First, a couple should decide whether the set will feature two or three rings. If it is important to continue wearing the engagement ring alongside the wedding ring, a three-ring set will be best. If, however, a bride-to-be prefers her engagement ring to be a stand alone piece, a coordinated set of just two wedding rings is ideal and the engagement ring can be worn separately.
• Will Both Partners Have Input On The Purchase?
Since both partners may be wearing the wedding rings and the rings themselves represent the connection between two people, both individuals should have a say in the ring style, budget, and other considerations. The choice should not be made quickly, and partners should respect one another to make a decision they’re both happy with.
• Can The Engagement Ring Be Worn Separately?
If couples choose a 2-ring wedding set with coordinating bands, the engagement ring will be a completely different piece that is purchased separately, though it may be able to worn alongside one of the bands. If a 3-ring set (or 2-ring bridal set for just one wearer) is chosen, the engagement ring is usually styled to be worn independently until the wedding, when the band is then added to the same finger.
• How “Matched” Should The Rings Be?
A wedding ring set can be two identical bands (along with the engagement ring, if desired), or there may be subtle variations between the rings. In general, both rings will have the same metal and stone quality. The bride-to-be’s wedding ring will be thinner and often incorporates more diamonds, while the groom-to-be’s wedding ring is a thicker band with fewer stones. Couples can customize their set, however, to match their personal preferences.
• How Appropriate Are The Ring Proportions?
Everyone’s fingers are different proportions and will look best with different sizes and styles of engagement and wedding rings. When considering a wedding ring set, it is important to take note of both partners’ fingers and how the rings will look in comparison to the finger and the rest of the hand, to be sure of a balanced and becoming accent.
• What Size Should A Wedding Ring Set Be?
Precise sizing is essential when buying a wedding ring set. If just one ring is worn on a finger, the pressure on blood vessels is different than if two rings are worn, which could result in the need for a slightly different ring size. Proper sizing will not only ensure a comfortable fit, but will also allow the rings to be safely removed as needed without putting stress on the setting.
• Can The Ring(s) Be Worn With Different Careers And Hobbies?
When choosing a wedding ring set, consider whether the design is suitable to be worn with the couple’s careers and most passionate hobbies. Rings with a high profile and delicate edges, for example, may need to be removed more frequently to minimize the risk of damage. A very thin and delicate set, on the other hand, may warp or distort if it is banged or pinched.
• Would a Vintage Or Antique Wedding Ring Set Be The Best Option?
Couples looking for truly unique and gorgeous designs can do no better than considering antique or vintage wedding ring sets. These stunningly crafted pieces offer not only exquisite workmanship, but also a storied history with layers of meaning and symbolism. They can also be a fantastic value, and are a much more sustainable option than many modern rings.
• Is The Style One That Will Be Happily Worn For Years?
It can be tempting to choose a very edgy, trendy style for a wedding ring set, but couples should be cautious to be sure they won’t tire of the design after just a year or two. A timeless, everlasting style is one they can enjoy wearing for many happy anniversaries, while different rings and other pieces of jewelry can show off their ever-changing fashion preferences.
• Is The Set Purchased Early Enough?
It is important to buy the wedding ring set early enough so it can be resized as needed before the wedding, or if it is a 3-ring set that includes the engagement ring, it should be resized before the proposal. Early shopping also ensures the ring is in stock and any shipping or other delays will not cause additional stress before the wedding date.
After the Purchase
Once a couple finds a wedding ring set perfect for their style and the commitment they are about to make, they should have the rings inspected and authenticated. A reputable jeweler can help with that process, or it may be best to have the rings independently appraised. It is also a good idea to consult with an insurance agent about having the rings protected under homeowner’s or renter’s insurance in case of loss, damage, or theft.
Finally, be sure the rings are stored in a safe place before the wedding day. A personal safe or bank safe deposit box is ideal, to be sure they will not be lost and are at no risk before that very special occasion.
Choosing Wedding Ring Sets
A wedding ring set is a very significant purchase for any couple, and carefully considering the purchase will help ensure it is a meaningful, long-lasting choice that will represent the couple’s joy, love, and commitment for many years to come.
Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:
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Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
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