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Engagement Ring vs Wedding Ring


We hear you’re ready to ask the big question and you’ve started shopping for a ring. As you were shopping for a ring, you may have found that there’s not only one ring, but two rings to shop for! Or, maybe you already knew that before you started looking, but are wondering why? Why buy two rings that basically mean the same thing? Well, we’re here to break it down for you and answer the question: “What is the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring?”.

The Meaning

Engagement Ring

As implied in the name, an engagement ring is usually given during the proposal. It symbolizes the idea that you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship with your other half. You’re no longer feeling each other out. You are now ready to commit to the journey of it just being you two for the rest of your lives! The engagement ring is then traditionally worn by the one who was proposed to. However, some couples do have both partners wear one after the proposal.

Wedding Ring

During the wedding ceremony, a ring will be exchanged while saying the vows. This ring is known as the wedding ring. It symbolizes that new chapter in your life that you will be starting as one. The wedding rings are then worn by both partners for the rest of their lives along with the engagement ring on the same finger.

The Styles

Do the rings actually look different from each other? They do! Generally.

Engagement Ring

An engagement ring usually has one large stone sitting on a ring band. This can take on many different variations depending on the jeweler. For example, there could be one main stone with smaller ones encrusted around it, or the band, and many other ways. But that is the basic start. Because of the stone… or stones, the engagement ring tends to be a little pricier than the actual wedding ring.

As you have begun your ring shopping, you’ve probably found that they come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors. If you need a little steering, we’ll help you out! One of the most popular diamond shapes is the cushion. The cushion shape is the middle ground between a square and round diamond. This shape has gained popularity in recent years because of it’s soft features. The rounded corners of the overall square shape give the modern square an elegant flare. Some of our favorite jewelers in Kearney include:

Wedding Ring

The wedding ring tends to be a simple metal band. This can come in gold, silver, a combination of the two, and etc. Like the engagement ring, there can be different ways to add some pizzazz to them like, having the band be encrusted with diamonds all around. Another way is adding a small quote to the inside of the band. This can be a great way to customizing what can be a common ring, to something you know is personalized to your partner.

Do You Need Both

Now that you’re aware of the meaning behind these rings and the different styles, one final question remains. Do you need both? That’s really up to you! As mentioned earlier, wearing both is traditional. However, tradition is being redefined in so many different ways today. One could argue that tradition isn’t as big of a deal as it used to be. Couples can figure out what works for them based on budget, or just personal preference. It’s your decision in the end. All that truly matters is that you and your other half are on the same page about what you’re looking for. So we leave you with this, wishing you good luck with your ring search.

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