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Choosing a Wedding Ring

Getting married is an incredibly exciting time in your life! However, choosing the right ring can become a bit of a daunting task, so we’re here to break it down for you and help you find the right ring for your partner!

How much should you spend on a wedding ring?

The first thing to consider with this question is whether you’re buying an engagement ring, a wedding band, or the engagement and wedding rings together. A general rule of thumb for shopping for rings is that the engagement ring and wedding bands altogether should cost around two-months salary. For example, if you’re making $50,000/year, conventional wisdom dictates that you would spend at least $4,150 on the engagement and wedding rings.

Following this rule will help you make sure that you buy a ring that will last for a long time, rather than breaking, rusting, or having the stone discolor over time. It will also show your partner just how serious you are about this relationship and help you to start the next chapter of your life off on the right foot!

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How do you know that you’re getting the right wedding rings?

Getting the right rings involves a host of factors, so don’t rush into a purchase. You should take your time to shop around and make sure that you’re getting the right rings for your partner. There are a few main things that you should have on your checklist to make sure that you’re getting the right rings!

1. The Style of the Ring

The style of the ring that you choose is incredibly important. You will need to make sure that the style that you choose will match your partner’s style, as this is a ring that they will wear for a long time. Whether your partner has a more classic, minimalist, or free-spirited style, there is a ring out there for everyone! We have a great breakdown of different ring styles in our Engagement Ring post!


2. The Ring Size

Do you know your partner’s ring size already? If not, there are a few ways that you can find out her size!

  1. Ask your partner what their ring size is (this option is not applicable if you’re trying to be sneaky about it)
  2. Check their jewelry box for rings to match the size
  3. Ask her friends/family if they know
  4. Use a ring size chart
  5. Use a ring sizer tool (this option may be a bit trickier as you’ll need to use the tool on her hand)

If you can’t find out the exact size or you’re worried you got it wrong, don’t worry; getting the ring resized is always an option!

3. The Size of the Stone

The size of the stone is a bigger deal than you may think. You don’t want the stone to be too big, so that it doesn’t make their day-to-day lives harder, but you also want to make sure that it isn’t too small. To make sure you don’t get it too large, ask yourself the following question: Does your partner consistently perform activities that a larger stone may hinder? This can include working out regularly, crafting, medical work (or any other profession that requires they wear gloves), etc.

4. The Number of Rings

The number of rings is a point of confusion for a lot of people, so let us break it down for you.

You’re going to want one ring for the engagement. This is the engagement ring and is usually a little showier than any of the other rings! You may opt to only use this ring, especially if your partner is a bit more minimalist or doesn’t wear jewelry a lot.

If you choose to not have only the engagement ring, you’re going to want one ring for marriage. This is the wedding band, or wedding ring, which is usually a simpler band, but you can find wedding bands that have a bit of added flair for your partner.

The third ring is a ring for motherhood. This ring isn’t always used, but if your partner is a mother or is about to be a mother, even if it’s after you’ve been married for a while, you may want to consider getting them this ring!

Stacked rings are becoming increasingly common as more and more people begin to include a ring for motherhood or to symbolize a significant milestone of the marriage, so keeping an eye on bands that would match your partner’s wedding rings is a great idea!

What Finger Should the Ring(s) Go On?

There are a few different ways that people go about wearing their wedding rings. The first is the stacked rings with the engagement ring put on first, then the wedding band, then any additional bands that they have.

Some people have a more traditional approach, in which the wedding band should be closer to your heart. This stems from the early Western belief that the left ring finger held the vein that led to your heart, so brides were expected to have their wedding band as closer to their heart than any engagement rings or other rings. With this tradition, one method is to remove the engagement ring, put on the wedding ring, then put the engagement ring back on the ring finger in front of the wedding ring. Another, more traditional method is to remove the engagement ring from the ring finger and move it to the middle finger, leaving the ring finger open for the wedding band. The latter option is rarely used anymore, but is definitely something to consider. If your partner will want to use this method, you may need to make sure that the engagement ring is slightly bigger so that it will not be too small for their middle finger.

We Have What You’re Looking For

Wedding rings and engagement rings are a very personal thing, so every couple is going to have a different combination of rings that is perfect for them. Here at OroSpot, we love helping people choose the perfect rings for their partner. Please take the time to shop our collections and find the perfect ring combination for your partner – we’re particularly proud of our vintage wedding bands!

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