Engagement and wedding rings

Whether you choose gold, platinum or sterling silver, diamond, emerald or cubic zirconia,  your engagement and wedding rings are a sign of your commitment to one another.

Engagement rings

Future grooms usually present their bride-to-be with an engagement ring, with diamonds as always being the most popular precious stone, along with rubies, emeralds and sapphires. The latter gemstone is popular in 2011 thanks to the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, where the royal bride-to-be received Princess Diana's iconic engagement ring.

Yellow gold is still the most popular metal for the band and setting, but platinum and white gold are also popular. Steel rings are an emerging trend due to their low cost, high durability, and low environment impact.

US brides-to-be typically wear their engagement ring on the fourth finger of their left hand. The vein in this finger was believed by the ancient Romans to lead directly to the heart.

Jewelers in the United States often sell a three-piece set with the engagement ring, a matching wedding band and a man’s wedding band.



Wedding rings

ring_pillowWedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, and once she is married, the bride’s engagement ring is placed above the wedding ring. Originally worn just by wives, wedding bands are becoming more popular amongst husbands in many countries.

The best man may be responsible for producing the wedding ring or rings during the ceremony, or they may be carried by a young ring bearer on a special cushion. They are often tied to the cushion with ribbons to prevent them from being dropped.

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