Wedding Ring or Wedding Band - What's the difference?
By Judi Kipner Wolf , Tuesday, March 12, 2013
To quote Beyoncé; “If you like it then you should have put a ring on it”. She was probably referring to a diamond engagement ring, and we all know what those are. But when it’s time to march down the aisle and say your “I do’s”, do you put on a wedding ring or a wedding band – and what’s the difference?
Traditionally wedding bands
were only worn by men. They were simple unembellished circles of metal with no diamonds or adornment at all. With some men, this remains the customary and preferred symbol of marriage to this very day. Because they are a never-ending circle, wedding bands are thought to symbolize love that lasts forever. In the past, women were only given a family ring or gemstone to signify that they were “spoken for”. That custom didn’t last long. Women soon began to wear wedding bands as well, right along side their engagement rings. The plain austere bands their husbands wore gave way to a decorated more feminine and delicate creation. Eventually, the term wedding band gradually morphed into being called a wedding ring.
Today the terms wedding band and wedding ring are pretty much interchangeable. Wedding rings are now available in many elegant and elaborate variations. There’s a style for every possible taste, from the very intricate pave’ diamond wedding band to beautiful and bold eternity bands. You may prefer a tiny subtle sparkle or a big bling of a ring. Diamond wedding rings
can be bought separately or in matching sets. Some women choose to have their engagement rings and diamond wedding bands
welded together and others wear them side by side as separate rings. Either way, there are endless possibilities for your choice of the jewelry you will wear on the third finger of your left hand – for the rest of your life.
When you’re ready to “put a ring on it” be sure to visit Houston and the Whiteflash Showroom
in beautiful Sugar Land, Texas, for an extraordinary diamond shopping experience. It’s a great opportunity to see our internationally acclaimed A CUT ABOVE
Super Ideal Diamonds and to browse cases of designer wedding rings
from Verragio, Ritani, and other top jewelry designers. Our extensive online catalogues are also just a click away where you will find detailed descriptions and magnificent images, as well as fast access to information and assistance from our GIA trained diamond and jewelry consultants. Wedding ring or wedding band – you choose the term. Either way it’s the probably the most emotionally important ring you’ll ever own, and it will be right there on your finger, directly connecting to your heart.
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