Engagement, Wedding

Engagement Rings vs Wedding Ring: What’s the Difference?

Engagement rings and wedding rings have become synonymous with marriage, but what’s the difference, where did they come from, and what do you need to know before buying them? In this blog, we take a closer look at engagement rings vs wedding rings and tell you everything you need to know!

Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings: Where did they originate?

Wedding rings have been traced back as far as the Ancient Egyptians. At this time, rings made from hemp and braided reeds were exchanged and worn to symbolise each person’s commitment to one another. While the symbolism remains the same, today’s wedding rings styles are typically fashioned from gold, platinum, silver, or other precious metals.

Engagement rings came about somewhat later, with the first recorded engagement ring being given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in the 15th century. Subsequently, a trend arose that continues to this day, with engagement rings being seen as a sign of commitment. Over the centuries, we’ve seen different ring trends over time with the classic settings such as pear-shaped, trilogy and princess cut engagement rings being a style that’s continued into the 22nd century

How do Engagement Rings and Wedding Rings differ?

Engagement rings are usually exchanged prior to a wedding. In fact, they may be given and received months or years before the couple actually tie the knot. In some instances, the giver will select a ring and surprise their partner with a proposal. However, some couples prefer to choose a ring together or design a bespoke engagement ring.

In contrast, wedding rings are usually exchanged during the marriage ceremony itself. Worn as a sign of eternal love, they represent the couples’ union and their dedication to one another.

Traditionally, male partners wore just a wedding ring and females wore both an engagement ring and wedding ring. In modern society, however, it’s not unusual for both partners to wear engagement and wedding rings, if they choose to do so.

When it comes to design, there tends to be a stark contrast between wedding and engagement rings. Typically, engagement rings are more ornate, often featuring a central diamond or gemstone or a collection of diamonds and gemstones. Conversely, wedding rings can be a simple plain band or feature an inscription. While some wedding bands have diamonds or other gemstones, these are usually set within the band itself and are less conspicuous than those featured on an engagement ring.

Selecting and designing Engagement Rings vs Wedding Ring

Both engagement rings and wedding rings are generally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. Due to this, it’s important that you can wear your engagement ring comfortably alongside your wedding band. When selecting either ring, this is a key consideration and one that shouldn’t be overlooked.

While there are plenty of options available if you want to purchase a ready-made engagement or wedding ring, designing your own rings is a wonderful option for discerning couples. You can design a ring that includes your favourite elements of different styles. A bespoke engagement ring versus a mass-produced one ensures your fiancé’s ring will be unique. It’s a wonderful way to show how much you care for your partner. Another advantage is that you can tailor the design to your budget, which is important when you have a wedding to plan.

Choose Francarlo Jewellers for your Wedding and Engagement Ring designs

Our experienced jewellery designers can help you to select rings that complement one another or design bespoke engagement and wedding rings that fit seamlessly alongside one another.

From cluster diamond engagement rings to handmade bevelled, flat, and detailed wedding bands, we’ll assist you in finding the perfect piece to celebrate your engagement and marriage. Why wait? Book an online consultation with us today or email us at sales@francarlo.co.za.