Understanding The Difference Between Engagement Rings & Wedding Rings – Al Joher

Understanding The Difference Between Engagement Rings & Wedding Rings

Understanding The Difference Between Engagement Rings & Wedding Rings

Do you know the difference between engagement rings and wedding rings? Engagement rings are typically given by a person to their partner as a symbol of commitment to marriage. These rings are often worn before the wedding ceremony and are usually more elaborate and expensive compared to wedding rings. On the other hand, wedding rings are exchanged during the wedding ceremony as a sign of the couple's permanent union. They are usually simpler and more practical in design than engagement rings. It is also important to note that, Engagement rings are typically more ornate and feature a center stone, such as a diamond or gemstone, to symbolize the commitment and promise of marriage. This is often seen as a way for the groom to demonstrate his love and devotion by choosing a high-quality ring. On the other hand, wedding rings are simpler and more understated, typically a plain band of gold or other precious metal. The wedding ring represents the lifelong bond that is being formed between the couple, rather than a flashy display of affection.  


How to Pick the Right Engagement Ring

The first thing you need to do is determine your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your engagement ring? An average engagement ring would cost about $6,000 but remember that you don't always need to buy the most expensive ring just to impress her. We do recommend you purchase something you think she would love.

You need also to give yourself at least one to two months to buy the ring. Extra time may be needed if you are making a custom ring and want a rare gemstone or if you want to add unique details like a fancier band or engravings. The delivery could also take a few days so it’s best to start the process early.

If you're buying a diamond ring, do make sure you purchase it from a trusted and reliable jeweler. For natural diamonds, it is important to get a diamond certified from a high-repute lab such as Gemmological Institute of America (“GIA”) - the industry leader in diamond grading. You might also want to consider protecting your purchase by getting insurance for your ring.

Before buying an engagement ring, do make sure it's something your significant other would prefer. You can always shop together or directly ask her the type of ring she likes. Consider the shape, gemstone and metal when buying an engagement ring. Consider what your partner's style/taste is:

  • Do they like minimal and dainty pieces or do they like something more ornate and fancy?
  • Do they like unique one-of-a-kind pieces or do they prefer something traditional?
  • Do they typically wear white, yellow or rose gold in their other jewelry pieces?

Consult with a professional to help you make an informed decision on which engagement ring to purchase.


Choosing a Wedding Band

Wedding rings also referred to as wedding band, are given during the wedding ceremony. Since you and your wife-to-be will be wearing the wedding ring, it's only right to shop together to ensure it's what you love.

Give yourself some time to plan out wedding bands as there are many many fun styles including plain bands, patterned design bands, diamond and gemstone bands with rounds, marquise, pear, cushion, emerald cut stones or an assortment of coloured gemstones, shapes, and gold colours. And did we mention infinity bands?! So, as mentioned earlier, take some time to explore the options available in creating a custom wedding band. Set a budget as well and keep in mind that you can still get your dream wedding ring within a budget. We can help you pick the right wedding band and our team will incorporate your personal style and preferences when choosing the right ring for your wedding.


Are You Buying a Ring?

Are you looking for the perfect engagement ring for your significant other? Our team of gemologists and jewelry designers is looking forward to chatting with you and helping you customize the perfect wedding or engagement ring. Just choose your gemstone and select a design. Our master artisan goldsmiths will do their magic and can make your dream ring a reality. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.

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