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What is the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding band?


Selecting your bridal stack is one of the most personal decisions you could ever make. After all, you will likely wear these rings for decades. A bridal stack for women usually consists of two pieces: the engagement ring and the wedding band. Meanwhile, men traditionally only wear a wedding band. An engagement ring is given first, as it represents a promise of your intention to wed. Then, the bride and groom exchange wedding rings during the ceremony. As you begin your bridal jewelry shopping journey, consider these key differences between engagement rings and wedding bands.


Engagement rings come in several styles, thanks to the innovation of world-renowned designers. Tell your one-of-a-kind love story with the ring you select for your beloved. Engagement rings are characterized by an exquisite center stone and crafted in precious metal. Diamonds or gemstones are a popular choice with various cuts determining the ring's look. There are also diverse settings to choose from, with the four main categories being solitaires, side stones, halos, and three stones. When determining your budget, remember that settings generally do not come with a center stone and must be purchased separately.


On the other hand, wedding bands do not include a center stone and tend to showcase less complex designs. These rings are intended to complement your engagement ring with a focus on eye-catching diamond accents. These petite diamonds are either prong, pave, or channel set. Traditionally, this band slides on first to be closest to the heart, and the engagement ring sits on top. Moreover, men’s wedding bands focus on masculine styles with exquisite metal details and minimal diamond accents. Precious metals are a popular material choice, as they tend to be solid and resilient.


With over two decades of providing the Mid-Michigan region with a legacy of luxury, Azzi Jewelers is proud to be a favored destination for exceptional quality and responsibly sourced fine jewelry from only the finest designer brands in the industry. We cherish being a part of your monumental moments, and our professional staff members are happy to guide you through our selections of bridal jewelry as you search for the right piece for you and your sweetheart. Need help finding the perfect ring? We also have experienced jewelers on staff who can help bring your creative vision to life with a custom design. Schedule an appointment at our Lansing location or browse our inventory online.