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If you thought stacking was just for your wrists, think again. Instead of buying your engagement ring and wedding bands separately, say yes to a wedding ring set. These typically include three matching rings: an engagement ring, plus the couple’s individual wedding bands. A cohesive set can be seen as a marker of unity and a symbol of a couple’s commitment to each other.
“When chosen purposefully, it serves as a great metaphor for equality and your new life together,” says Payal Shah, the founder of L' Dezen. “It’s a sign that this is not just another jewelry piece you own.” In addition to Shah, we consulted industry expert Lorraine Brantner, a sales manager for James Allen, to learn more about what you should know before creating your very own bridal stack.
Meet the Expert
Payal Shah is the founder of the fine jewelry label Lˊ Dezen, which combines precious stones with architectural design.
Lorraine Brantner is a sales manager for the jewelry company James Allen.
These are rings you will be wearing every day for the rest of your life, so it’s important that the design and colors reflect your personality. Invest time in your research—whether you’re buying a ready set or customizing it—to keep any unpleasant surprises at bay. Celebrities' ring stacks are a great source of inspiration. For example, Carrie Underwood wears a curved band that complements the engagement ring's center stone.
If you are choosing rings with unique profiles, which require a curved band, have the rings made at the same time. Otherwise, you may have to return your engagement ring to the jeweler for the perfect fit.
Shah suggests playing with proportions for an interesting look: “Mixing shapes promises a visual appeal. Certain center tops with a wedding band style may not look elegant. So your engagement ring could be a semi-mount, set with a loose diamond of your choice.”
A wedding ring set that also doubles as a cocktail ring? This geometrical ring works double duty. The showstopper features an oval moonstone center stone and a shimmering halo of uniquely shaped diamonds on a 14k rose gold band.
This romantic set is for the bride-to-be on the lookout for unconventional finger frosting. The princess-cut morganite is framed by brilliant round diamonds on the band as well as on the matching ring, finished in 14k rose gold.
Bliss Lau Nigerian Sapphire Centered and Acute Ring Set
For brides keen on a gemstone ring, this one is a winner. The unique outer ring in a pavé of handset diamonds creates the illusion of two bands when worn with the split shank center ring that is set with a Nigerian sapphire in a modified Asscher cut.
Love New York City as much as you love less-is-more jewelry? Here’s your perfect match. The pair by this conscious fine jewelry brand includes the Brooklyn Bridge band with a three-stone diamond bezel ring, both set in 14k rose gold.
This one spells love at first sight for the fashion-forward bride. The four linked rings are in a mix of 18k gold hues with pavé-set cognac, champagne, and white diamonds topped off with a white diamond solitaire.
Accompanied by a dazzling diamond band and a curved lace-inspired band, this simple moissanite solitaire is worthy of forever. Featuring 14k yellow gold, this metal provides the perfect contrast that makes this set irresistible.
In the mood for something ornate? Your search ends here. Milgrain-detailed vines and diamond leaf frames adorn an elegant open shank in this beauty. The clincher is the rose gold Heart-Lock inside that binds the two bands together.
A minimalistic rose-cut white diamond is encompassed by a romantic pair of unique yellow gold bands. A curved halo of white diamonds sits atop while a captivating color of sea green shines below in two marquise-shaped stones.
This is the perfect example of how a unique pattern can transform a classic engagement ring into a timeless piece with a magical twist. The matching set features marquise-shaped diamonds along the band, milgrain edges, and an intricate scroll design.
While this pair is undoubtedly edgy and modern, there's something incredibly special about this triangular-shaped diamond set, too. With just three dainty stones sitting atop the engagement ring's center stone, this wedding band is the cherry on top of an unforgettable piece.
Angara Three-Stone Sapphire and Diamond Wedding Band Ring Set
A deep-blue sapphire will forever be the epitome of royalty and sophistication. Two pear-shaped diamonds sit horizontally framing the center stone while a pavé-set diamond band elegantly curves alongside this striking piece.
We love how this setting appears as if it's hugging the center stone. A slight twist to a classic design, this rose gold ring features a pavé-set band in addition to an alluring round diamond solitaire.
The luminescent curve of this open-basket design elegantly cradles this round solitaire engagement ring. The striking contrast between the 18k yellow gold and flurry of diamonds is a level of beauty we can't resist.
There is so much gorgeous detail to take in when staring at this exquisite art deco–inspired set. Featuring rose gold, two additional bands create a halo effect around this bezel-set diamond solitaire ring.
On a budget? Don’t let that dull your sparkle. Opt for this set that is crafted using a pear-shaped, lab-created white sapphire that's accentuated with 41 round lab-created white sapphires.
What to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Ring Set
The metal selection is an important part of your decision, as this aspect determines the overall look of your stack. Do you want to create an elegant and cohesive look? Or are you seeking a contrasting set that makes a statement? "Unless you are purposely mixing metal colors—white, rose, or yellow—it is best to keep your alloys the same. While platinum and white gold look the same brand new, over time they will show their differences with wear," warns Brantner.
Many brides are searching for a wedding band that sits snug against their engagement ring, which is known as "flush fit." "If this is something that is important to you, make sure you are selecting an engagement ring with an elevated head assembly to allow the wedding band to fit snugly," says Brantner.
One of the very best parts of creating your bridal stack is the wide range of designs and styles there are to choose from. Ultimately, there is no wrong or right choice. Select the pieces that align with your personal style and lifestyle. "There is a lot of freedom in creating your unique bridal stack! Mixing metals, side-stone shapes, and adding texture with milgrain detailing allows you to appreciate each ring individually," Brantner explains.
Do the metals have to match? "No—you can mix yellow and white gold or platinum and rose gold. However, it is recommended to only stick with one white metal in your set, as over time white gold and platinum age differently," says Brantner. Shah cautions that different-strength metals could end up scratching each other if one's stronger than the other.
How can I ensure that my wedding band complements my engagement ring? "Try on various styles to see what you like most with your engagement ring and on its own," Brantner recommends. "There may be times in which you would prefer to just wear your band, and you should like it individually!"
What are the most durable metals to select for my wedding ring set? Shah says 18k gold is a sound investment because it's flexible and has a stronger alloy to keep the prongs in place. Platinum is ideal if you are not setting in any diamonds or mixing metals. Since it doesn’t change color, your band will not dull down over time.