From marriage proposal to wedding, the ring is essential at all times. However, picking the right ring is a daunting task because most people don't know the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring.


#What is a Wedding Band?

A wedding ring or wedding band is a finger ring that indicates that its wearer is married. Depending on culture, a wedding ring is typically worn on the base of the left or right ring finger, if the wearer is left handed often it will go onto the right hand. Many spouses wear their wedding rings day and night, causing an indentation in the skin that is visible even when the ring is removed. Since the 19th century in the West, it has been considered unlucky to remove a wedding ring once it has been placed on the finger in church.


#What is an Engagement Ring?

An engagement ring is a ring indicating that the person wearing it is engaged to be married, especially in Western cultures. A ring is presented as an engagement gift by a partner to their prospective spouse when they propose marriage or directly after a marriage proposal is accepted. It represents a formal agreement to future marriage. In Western countries, engagement rings are worn mostly by women, and rings can feature diamonds or other gemstones. In some cultures, men and women wear matching rings, and engagement rings may also be used as wedding rings.


#Is an Engagement Ring the Same as a Wedding Ring?

Engagement rings are not the same as wedding rings. Your future husband will propose to you with a beautiful engagement ring. During the engagement, you will take a photo with this sparkling ring. Wedding rings are a kind of ring that is given to each other at the wedding. When you exchange rings with your partner, wear them on the other's fingers. A couple of wedding rings usually look similar, they can be ordinary metal rings that match the engagement ring. It can also be a more complicated wedding ring, such as a diamond wedding ring. A wedding ring is a ring that you can wear only after you get married. Traditionally, the bride wears a wedding ring inside the engagement ring because it is closer to her heart.


#Wedding Ring vs Engagement Ring

Engagement rings and wedding rings have no formal style rules, however, they usually have a central gemstone or design that is wider or taller than the ring that supports it, and may not include other decorations or gems. A wedding ring is usually a ring with no clear focus. It can be engraved or set with diamonds and other precious stones, or it can be pure gold, sterling silver or other metals. There is no requirement that you must purchase an engagement ring in front of the wedding ring. In fact, you may first find the wedding ring you like and put it on the day that is most important to you. You can also buy rings at the same time to ensure they are cohesive.


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If you want to buy a wedding ring or engagement ring for your partner, you need to know his/her size first. How to measure your partner's ring finger in secret? Click here to find out more.


This article was written by:

Louis Moore

Jewelry Marketing Expert and Analyst

Guest Editor of several jewelry magazines

Over 10 years of marketing experience in the jewelry market

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