The ring is widely recognised as the ultimate symbol of enduring love and commitment and wedding rings are worn by women on the third finger (or ring finger) on either the left or right hand. In some cultures where weddings rings were once worn by women in their ears or on their toes, wearing rings on this finger has also become popular.
Golden Wedding Days For Women
In olden times, the celebration of marriage was not just celebrated by a wedding ring, but also by the giving of gold and silver coins by the groom to the bride. This symbolised the groom's intention to provide for his wife throughout their married life. In modern times, the most popular type of wedding rings given to women are still made of gold, a ring metal which seem to symbolise more than any other the love, commitment and celebration of marriage vows.
Wedding and Engagement Rings Together
If a woman has been given an engagement ring and wants to keep on wearing it after her marriage, she may decide to wear it on the same finger as her new wedding ring. This is extremely common and the new bride can wear her rings either separately or soldered together.
Sometimes the choice of engagement ring design can restrict the type of wedding ring chosen. If the engagement ring already has a large stone for example, it may restrict the choice of stones or settings for the wedding ring. Partly for this reason, one of the most popular 'looks' for engagement and wedding rings worn together is a gem-encrusted or solitaire-stone engagement ring, partnered with a plain metal wedding band. A curved plain metal band fits reasonably well with almost any engagement ring shape. Typically the ring width and ring metal for the wedding ring is chosen to mirror those of the engagement ring.
Also popular, and perhaps the best comfort fit of all, is a shaped or curved engagement ring that 'fits' into a shaped wedding ring. These rings are two separate rings, but are designed to stay snugly together when worn. A very beautiful symbolic touch, but of course this requires some careful planning - sometimes long before the wedding.
See more about wedding ring sets.
Wedding Rings Only
Some women may decide to choose a wedding ring that includes gems, so they can wear it instead of their engagement ring. This ring-swap allows for brides to personalise their wedding rings, much more so than their engagement rings which may have been chosen for them. It also means that new wedding ring designs can be designed to specifically echo or mirror the design of their new husbands, or that the women's new wedding rings can include more or less sparkle according to their tastes.
Any Ring Goes
Whilst gold wedding ring bands may still be the ring of choice for many, by choosing to swap an engagement ring for a wedding ring means that women can choose from almost any ring type, design and style. The wonderful thing about wedding rings is that there is no real wrong or right answer as to what women should wear (or where and when they should wear it). Wedding rings for women can really reflect their own individual design preferences, tastes, beliefs and lifestyles. By shopping for wedding rings online, women literally open up a world of possibility as many online jewelers allow for customised and personalised wedding ring designs.
We urge you to enjoy your ring shopping, but do make sure you allow for plenty of time for its design, creation, delivery and if necessary, re-sizing.