One thing is certain: both engagement and wedding rings symbolise eternal love. But, engagement ring vs wedding, what is the difference in price, style, etc.? In terms of appearance, the difference is becoming less and less pronounced. In the past, however, it was traditional for an engagement ring to feature a solitaire diamond and a wedding ring to be a gold band without precious gemstones. These days anything is possible, but you may still prefer to take tradition and etiquette into account.

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Engagement ring vs wedding ring - exchanging the rings

The main difference between wedding rings and engagement rings is, as the names suggest, is that engagement rings are exchanged when couples get engaged while wedding rings are exchanged during the actual wedding ceremony. In some countries, like Sweden, both the man and the woman wear engagement rings and only the woman receives a wedding ring at the ceremony. In others, like the US and UK, it’s the other way around.

How are engagement and wedding rings worn, traditionally?

Are you still thinking about how to propose? Then you are probably looking for advice on finding an engagement ring. But once you have found the perfect engagement ring, which finger should you be putting it on? If you go traditional, the engagement ring will be on the left hand. We owe this custom to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, who believed that the -"vena amoris"- ran through the left ring finger, a love vein that is connected directly to the heart. A myth, but no less romantic all the same.
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This also means that wedding rings are worn on the left. Although that choice is often dictated by your religion or country of birth. Some women also choose to wear engagement and wedding rings on the same hand.

How do you wear engagement and wedding rings on the same hand?

If your intended decides to wear their engagement and wedding rings on the same finger, they can choose either matching or contrasting ones. For matching rings, first look at the diamond on her engagement ring. Have you chosen a solitaire engagement ring with an eye-catching round brilliant? A classic, which goes really beautifully with a slimmer eternity ring, set all round with smaller diamonds. You could combine different precious metals to create a beautiful and striking contrast.
Engagement ring vs wedding ring: Woman wearing a BAUNAT solitaire diamond engagement ring and eternity ring on her finger
Fancy mixing white gold or platinum with yellow or rose gold? The possibilities are endless! It is even perfectly possible to wear an engagement ring as a wedding ring. For example, you can get an engagement ring engraved following the wedding or choose a wedding ring with a gemstone (or more!).

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It is perfectly possible to wear an engagement ring as a wedding ring.

What if she does not like wearing rings?

Not every woman likes wearing rings. Plus, wearing an engagement or wedding ring is not allowed with some jobs for hygiene or safety reasons. In which case, you could give her a necklace so she can wear her rings close to her heart. Or what do you think about other diamond jewellery as an alternative to engagement rings? You could, for instance, go for an engagement bracelet and have it engraved with the question "will you marry me?".

Another advantage of the engagement bracelet is that you do not have to jump through hoops to find out her ring size without her knowing. And this means you gain time for getting ready for the proposal.

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Engagement ring vs wedding ring – price

Another difference in engagement rings and wedding rings are their price. You may assume that a wedding ring would be more expensive, but it is actually the other way around. As wedding rings tend to feature fewer, smaller or even no diamonds, they tend to be less pricey than engagement rings. Plus, engagement rings really are the showstoppers, given they are the centre of a romantic proposal, so of course you want to spend a little more on them!

Are you still looking for the right ring?

Are you still busy thinking about engagement ring vs wedding ring and looking for the right ones? That is completely understandable: it is not easy to remember everything in our extensive diamond rings collection. So do not hesitate to ask BAUNAT’s experts for advice. They can help you find the right ring(s) with an appointment in person. Book an appointment at one of our showrooms.

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What else should I know?

Buying an engagement or wedding ring should not be rushed. It should always be a fully considered decision which you need to think about carefully. You will find more information in these blogs about which hand is best to wear engagement and wedding rings on, what the meaning behind it is, and advice on buying a wedding ring. Find out all you need to know here.

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