Here are some factors to consider if you plan to wear your engagement and wedding rings together as a bridal set .
Many women want their rings to match perfectly and to sit “flush,” right up next to one another without any discernible gaps. If you find this appealing, opt for a matched wedding ring set . These perfectly paired rings have the same details, embellishments, and/or gemstone accents, all of which end at the same point on both rings. An ideal choice for those drawn to symmetry, matched sets are available in a variety of styles.
If the center gem protrudes, or if there are natural curves in the engagement ring, the wedding ring will need to be contoured for a perfect match. A contoured wedding band, also called a shadow band, will have a slight curve to accommodate the engagement ring as necessary in order to sit flush. Keep in mind that many women don't mind a slight gap of a few millimeters between the engagement ring and the wedding ring – though, it is a matter of personal preference.
If you want your wedding and engagement rings to fit nicely together but do not feel that they must match perfectly, consider a wedding ring that complements your engagement ring. In these pairings, the engagement and wedding rings play off of one another beautifully.
Choose the same precious metal—platinum, 18K gold, 14K gold, or palladium—so that both rings have the same properties and will “wear” and can be maintained in the same way over time.
If you decide to include gemstones in your wedding ring, keep in mind the size, shape and setting of the gemstones relative to those in the engagement ring, as well as where on the wedding band the gemstones end. It is best if the diamonds align, or go all the way around, as in a diamond eternity band.
If you plan to wear your rings on the same finger, it is best to keep the style and aesthetic similar. For example, if you have a vintage-inspired engagement ring, take a look at vintage style wedding rings. Keep the same in mind with contemporary styles. Classic solitaire engagement rings have more versatility and can be paired with different styles for the wedding ring.
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