What’s the Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Band?

A lot of people shopping for an engagement ring come across another type of ring during their search: the wedding ring!

And while there is some confusion about the difference between the two, the real difference between them is when the rings are exchanged.

Let’s break it down.

Engagement Rings

There are countless ways to design an engagement ring!

There are many different kinds of engagement rings in all sorts of styles, because there are many kinds of brides. No formula should be a one-size-fits-all for creating an engagement ring — it should be a unique as your bride to be. And if you’re working with a company like ours, we believe that no two engagement rings should be exactly alike and that the ring should be custom made.

An engagement ring is given when someone proposes marriage to another person. The engagement ring is meant to symbolize the giver’s intent as a symbolic contract of marriage.

In modern society, engagement rings traditionally have a diamond center stone. The diamond center stone can be one of many shapes, but it is typically set in gold or platinum. Click here to find out why you should never get a tungsten or titanium ring.

But this is where the common denominators for an engagement ring end. Engagement rings can have all kinds of additions and embellishments to complement the wearer and their unique sense of style.

And even more recently, some brides are opting for other gemstones as their center stones instead of the traditional diamond.

And still, some brides are option to have eternity bands or stones with bezel settings for an even more unique look.

The bottom line is that there are a million design choices you can make. If you’re not sure, contact us and we’ll help walk you through what kind of ring is best for your bride-to-be.

Wedding Bands

Wedding bands are typically exchanged during the marriage ceremony. The wedding bands are a symbolic representation of the couple’s commitment to one another and can be as simple as plain bands or more elaborate with diamonds or other gemstones.

In past traditions, typically the bride pays for the wedding bands for both bride and groom but this has become an obsolete practice as more and more couples merge their finances prior to marriage and cover the expense together.

If you have an engagement ring that has side stones that protrude, you will want to get a flush-fit wedding band so it can “nest” up against your engagement ring. This is not only done for aesthetic purposes, but for comfort as well.

Men’s wedding bands can be as simple or as elaborate as the engagement ring — really there is no right or wrong way to choose the right wedding band for your personal sense of style.

Take a look at some of our favorite custom wedding bands!

Men’s Wedding Bands from Concierge Diamonds
Custom Engagement Rings from Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles. What style do you prefer?