Engagements and weddings bring a lot of joy and celebration to couples who decide to take that step, and this also applies to couples doing it for the second time in their lives.

But you do need to consider the etiquette of a 2nd engagement; for example, what do you do with the rings from your previous engagement and should you choose the rings together or separately?

  • What do you do with the rings from your previous engagement?
  • Should you choose the 2nd engagement rings together or separately?

What do you do with the rings from your previous engagement?

Despite being in the 21st century, social perception may seem quite traditional and a little conservative regarding 2nd engagements and weddings. For instance, although it is not written anywhere, it may be considered a little disrespectful to a new partner if their fiancé/e continued wearing the engagement ring given by the previous partner.

Because it is time to let go of the past and move onto the future, you may want a fresh start and to purchase a new ring. The only exception to this could be if you were wearing an heirloom ring in the first place, in which case you may have more of a connection to the engagement or wedding ring because of its historical or family significance and want to continue wearing it. In this case, you could consider wearing it on the other hand and still buying a 2nd engagement ring.

There are different options for what to do with the rings if you don’t want to wear them. If you have children from the first relationship, you can give them the pieces of jewellery, or you could have the metal of the ring melted and designed into something else that would be more relevant to you in the present.

Should you choose the 2nd engagement rings together or separately?

Another point that may vary quite a bit in 2nd engagements is that it seems that more couples decide together to get married and often choose their 2nd engagement rings together. However, some couples may desire romance and surprise, so this cannot be generalised.

But there seems to be a more mature and thought-through approach to 2nd engagements as this is not the first time they are entering into this commitment.

Some couples choose a more discreet and understated engagement ring since they do not attach that much importance to its symbolism. On the other hand, others love the idea just as if it was the first time and wish to have a stunning statement engagement ring on their finger, especially if they have more financial security thanks to being more established in their careers.

Tastes change over the years, so whether you are surprising your fiancé/e with a ring or choosing it together, you must consider your partner’s tastes today. Just because they received a diamond solitaire the first time, they may not want such a conservative 2nd engagement ring.

BAUNAT has a wonderful selection of engagement rings, from the more classical collection to the designer pieces. You can buy an elegant diamond ring, as well as a beautiful coloured gemstone.

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