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Engagement ring vs. wedding ring

An engagement ring and wedding ring

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Delve into the world of engagement rings and wedding rings as we explore their individual meanings and significance. Discover our collection of exquisite engagement rings, symbolising love and commitment, as well as our stunning wedding rings, representing the lifelong bond of marriage.

What are the differences between an engagement ring and a wedding band?

In the world of fine jewellery, engagement rings and wedding bands hold distinct roles in symbolising the journey of love.

In the UK, an engagement ring is traditionally presented as a symbol of a couple's commitment to marry, often featuring a stunning gemstone like a diamond or coloured gemstones like sapphires and rubies.

On the other hand, a wedding band is exchanged during the marriage ceremony, representing the eternal bond between partners. They are typically less ornate than engagement rings and often consist of a simple, unadorned metal band, although some people choose wedding bands with diamonds or other gemstones, engravings, or unique designs.

In some cases, couples may choose bridal sets, where the engagement ring and wedding band are designed to fit together. Some people also choose to solder their engagement ring and wedding band together after the wedding. The traditions can vary based on cultural, regional, and personal preferences. It's always important to choose what best suits you and your partner's tastes and lifestyle.

How to wear an engagement ring and wedding band together

Engagement ring and wedding ring worn together on the left hand ring finger

Traditionally in the UK, the ring finger of the left hand is adorned with these precious symbols of love. On your wedding day, start by moving your engagement ring to the ring finger of your right hand, leaving space for the wedding band on your left hand. During the ceremony, your partner will place the wedding band on your left ring finger. Afterwards, move the engagement ring back to your left hand, positioning it on top of the wedding band.

Of course, these are just traditions, and the most important thing is that you wear your rings in a way that feels comfortable and meaningful to you. Some people may choose to wear their engagement ring and wedding band on separate hands or to only wear one ring at a time, depending on the situation.

If you’re unsure about how you would like to wear your set, book an appointment to come to our London studio to try some rings on and find out what suits you best.

Do you need both an engagement ring and a wedding band?

While cultural traditions often include both engagement rings and wedding bands, there is no strict rule that mandates their presence. In many Western cultures, an engagement ring is given at the proposal, while a wedding band is exchanged during the ceremony. However, couples now have the freedom to deviate from these norms and choose to do what resonates with their values. Some opt for a wedding band alone, embracing simplicity, cost-effectiveness, or a desire to avoid the responsibility associated with an expensive engagement ring. Alternatively, the engagement ring can double as the wedding ring, and some may choose to forgo a wedding band altogether.

In the end, the decision is completely up to you and your partner. What matters most is that the chosen ring(s) symbolise your commitment and suit your lifestyle and personal tastes.

Engagement rings for men

While traditionally, women have received engagement rings, contemporary norms and desires for shared commitment have led to the increasing popularity of engagement rings for men and all genders. These rings may feature discreet diamonds or gemstones set into the band, showcasing a modern and understated elegance. Engravings and unique designs are also available for those seeking a distinctive touch. Some people even opt for a ‘wedding band style’ ring during the engagement period.

At Ingle & Rhode, we honour personal preferences and traditions, offering all the opportunity to choose a ring that symbolises their commitment and resonates with their style. If you would like some guidance about creating the perfect engagement ring for you or your partner, get in touch and someone from the Ingle & Rhode team would be happy to help.

Wedding rings for men

Ingle & Rhode offers a wide selection of wedding rings for all genders, designed with simplicity and durability in mind. Crafted from precious metals like Fairtrade gold or recycled gold and platinum, our wedding bands cater to various preferences and styles.

Choose from our range of wedding bands, including classic designs featuring plain metal bands with a comfortable fit. Opt for diamond bands, where small stones are securely embedded into the band for added elegance. Explore two-tone bands with contrasting metals for a unique look or engraved bands for a personalised touch.

Our rings not only reflect individual styles but also provide the utmost comfort and durability for everyday wear. If you’d like a ring that’s completely personal to you, then our bespoke design service is the perfect way to bring your vision to life.


Is an engagement ring more expensive than a wedding ring?

Typically, yes. Engagement rings often feature a stunning diamond or precious gemstone, contributing to their higher cost. With intricate designs and attention-grabbing centrepieces, engagement rings showcase the beauty of gemstones. On the other hand, wedding bands tend to be simpler, often plain metal rings. While some wedding bands may include smaller diamonds or engravings, they are generally less expensive as they lack a large central gemstone.
However, these are general trends and there's a lot of variation. The cost of both engagement rings and wedding bands can vary widely depending on the type and quality of the gemstones and metal, the complexity of the design, and the specific jeweller or designer you're buying from. Some people choose to invest more in a unique or custom wedding band, while others might opt for a more minimalist, lower-cost engagement ring. Remember, the most important thing is not the price of the ring but what it symbolises to you and your partner: your commitment and love for each other.

Can I use an engagement ring as a wedding ring?

Yes, you can absolutely use an engagement ring as a wedding ring, should you and your partner prefer it. Gone are the rigid rules that dictate separate rings for each occasion. Opting for one ring offers budget-friendly benefits, investing in a single piece instead of two. It's a practical choice, suiting those who prefer the simplicity of a single ring or find comfort in wearing just one.
Remember, what matters most is the personal significance and comfort of the jewellery, not strictly adhering to tradition. If you would like some general guidance, get in touch and someone from the Ingle & Rhode team would be happy to help.

Is an engagement ring and wedding ring the same?

No, they have distinct roles and characteristics. An engagement ring is traditionally given during a marriage proposal and often features an exquisite diamond or precious gemstone. It represents the promise of marriage. On the other hand, wedding rings are exchanged during the wedding ceremony, symbolising the fulfilment of that promise. Wedding bands are usually simpler in design, with options for plain metal bands or those adorned with diamonds, engravings, or gemstones
In everyday use, both rings are often worn together on the left ring finger, with the wedding ring closer to the heart and the engagement ring placed next to it. However, these are general traditions and can vary greatly depending on cultural, regional, and personal preferences. Some people opt to have a combined engagement-wedding ring, while others may choose to only wear one ring.


Engagement rings and wedding rings hold distinct symbolism in a relationship and are both important symbols of love and commitment in a relationship. An engagement ring signifies a promise to get married, typically given during a proposal, with elaborate designs and stunning diamonds. Wedding rings symbolise the union between two people, exchanged during the wedding ceremony. Both engagement and wedding rings serve different purposes and can vary widely in terms of cost, design, and materials used.

At Ingle & Rhode, we offer a wide range of exquisite engagement rings, while our wedding rings represent everlasting love with their simplicity and elegance. Explore our collection to find the perfect symbol of your journey together, or contact us if you would like us to help you create the perfect bespoke engagement ring or bespoke wedding ring.

Bianca Utihata
Bianca Utihata is part of the Ingle & Rhode sales executive team. Her role involves engaging with clients, managing sales, and providing expert advice so people can make a conscious choice. Bianca is passionate about ethical and sustainable practices, and she believes in promoting the use of responsibly sourced materials in the jewellery industry. She is commitment to transparency and is dedicated to helping customers make informed choices when it comes to purchasing ethical jewellery.