There are many ways to express your love and devotion to your partner. One way is the tried and true tradition of a set of rings. Couple rings are a special symbol of connection and commitment between two people—think of them as wearing your love on your finger for the world to see.
For many twosomes, wearing rings together, whether they’re matching or not, is a sweet way to show off their intimacy. For others, it’s a way to make an important promise to each other. “Whatever the occasion, the overall meaning is love and commitment, says expert Madeline Fraser. “They are a beautiful representation and extension of a couple and a true physical way to remember love as it grows.”
Meet the Expert
Madeline Fraser is the founder and CEO of the try-before-you-buy jewelry site and app Gemist.
Regardless of the meaning behind them, the most important thing is picking out rings that really speak to who the couple is and what they mean to one another.
Types of Couple Rings
Engagement rings, which symbolize the promise of marriage, are only one type of couple rings. There are also promise rings, which symbolize the promise of marriage in the future, and commitment rings, which signify devotion. Some partners also get couple rings as simply a sign of their relationship, and not necessarily something more serious. Lastly, there are wedding bands, exchanged at the altar when a couple gets married.
Do Couple Rings Always Need To Match?
It seems obvious that couple ring sets should be identical, but there’s no requirement for that. In fact, Fraser tells Brides that couple rings are rarely exactly the same. “This is because everyone tends to have their own individualized style,” she says. “Think of couple rings as complements to one another rather than matching. That all of the sudden opens up space for rings that inherently will be more unique and intimate for the wearer.”
Are Couple Rings Worn On a Certain Finger?
Engagement rings and wedding bands are traditionally worn on the ring finger of the left hand, and Fraser says that promise and commitment rings can also be worn on that finger. But, in the end, it’s up to the couple. “There are no set rules when it comes to rings that express how much you love someone else,” she says.
How to Choose the Perfect Couple Rings
Once you decide you want to get a set of rings, the fun part begins: finding the perfect pair! The key to finding rings that are right for you and your partner are choosing ones that express your personalities. “With so much meaning behind these rings, get creative,” Fraser advises. “Think about the kind of styles and materials you both like.”
If you can’t find a ring that you like at a shop, create a custom ring with a trusted jeweler. Going custom allows you to create something personal unique and ensures you'll love the piece forever.
To make your set of rings stand out, Fraser recommends getting creative (i.e. choosing unique stones and/or settings) and opting for one element that overlaps. “For example, you may have totally different styles, but can agree on the same metal type,” she says. The easiest way to make your rings unique, though, is to opt for the custom option. This gives you almost total control creatively and can really result in something extra special.
But custom can be pricey and can take a long time—it’s not for everyone! If you’d prefer to shop for your couple rings, check out 20 truly beautiful options below.
Tiffany T Wide Ring
If you’d prefer to wear matching rings, try this Tiffany option. The wide band makes it both masculine and feminine, and the bold Tiffany “T” on the ring is a symbol of connection.
SHOP NOW: Tiffany and Co, $1,800
Cartier Love Ring in Platinum
The Cartier Love Ring is an iconic symbol of true love and has been since the 1970s. The binding closure and screw motif gives off the feeling of true permanence and allows for a unique interpretation of feelings.
SHOP NOW: Cartier, $3,800
Bvlgari Fedi Wedding Band
Although this elegant ring is technically a wedding band, it could also be worn as a commitment ring. It’s thought of as a symbol of two hearts united, with delicate diamonds in a metal band of your choice.
SHOP NOW: Bvlgari, $1,150
Brilliant Earth Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring
A delicate band and one band featuring pavé-set diamonds intertwine for a symbol of connection and love. This is a beautiful option that isn’t too bulky.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, $990
ASecondTime White and Pink Gold Wedding Bands
These matching bands feature a rustic hammered finish and a rose gold vertical bar detail. The only difference between the two is the size: one is wide and one is thinner.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,395
Knot Promise Ring
Interlocking knots are a symbol of love and connection in this unique ring. The choice of two different metals is really what makes it stand out.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $182
The Lovers Diamond Eternity Band
This beautiful gold eternity band features a princess, marquise, emerald, and round cut diamonds set in it. The different cuts of diamonds symbolize all different kinds of love.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $1,350
Brilliant Earth Darby Diamond Ring
Simple and elegant, this unisex ring features one baguette diamond on a plain band. It’s beautiful and elegant and still manages to make a statement.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, $590
Pandora Two Sparkling Hearts Ring
If you’d like to be a bit more literal about your love, opt for this Pandora promise ring. It features two small hearts entwined together on a sparkling band for the ultimate symbol of love.
SHOP NOW: Pandora, $52
Blue Nile Braided Wedding Band
This braided band is both a timeless classic and a nice departure from a more simple band without being too overwhelming. In your choice of metal, it feels a bit more personalized.
SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $290
Still House Pili Ring
Simple and very elegant, this ring features a super-thin band with two small diamonds, which can be white or black. The diamonds sit one over the other, symbolizing a connection.
SHOP NOW: SHW, $200
Eva Fehren The Kissing Claw
In 18K gold with a wide band, this ring features a unique style. It’s dubbed “The Kissing Claw” for a reason: the metal comes together to two points in the middle.
SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren, $1,625
Serpent Dual Band
A different take on romance, this band features two lively snakes inside. They’re fun, but they also symbolize the eternal chase, and maybe even eternity altogether.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $1,100
KatKim Grand Baguette Band
Baguette diamonds are a great unisex diamond cut, and this eternity band features them perfectly. Part of the brand’s eternal collection, this symbolizes happiness and love.
SHOP NOW: KatKim, $7,220
Shahla Karimi Every Love Knife Edged Band
This unique band is meant to be a different take on a wedding band and is meant to be versatile enough to symbolize every kind of love. It’s simple but stunning.
SHOP NOW: Shahla Karimi, $790
Roses Posy Band
Each of these hand-carved rings features two intertwining roses. They’re also inscribed with the phrase, “Come live with me & be my love,” which is a beautiful way to show devotion.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $1,800
Bario Neal Dais Band
This textured band is interesting, different, and so beautiful. With the wider shape and simplicity, it’s unisex but still has a feminine edge to it.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $155
Anna Sheffield Perfect Pair No. 20
This bold pair features two wide rings, one with a row of channel-set precious and semi-precious colorful gemstones, and the other a simple, flat edge band with a brushed finish. Both pair nicely together without matching completely.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $2,109
Bario Neal Milla Round Hammered Wide Band
With narrow hammered strokes, this band has a nice spin on it. It’s wide enough to be worn on its own, but would also be lovely stacked.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $254
Anna Sheffield Perfect Pair No. 16
This pair of rings go together well without matching completely. One ring is two intertwined bands, while the other is more simple and wide. The contrasting white and black diamonds make these even more interesting.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $7,239