In which order do you wear Wedding, Engagement and Eternity Rings – Does one replace another?

Wedding, Engagement and Eternity Rings:

Wear all 3 together?

In what order?

Does one replace another?

Most women have a hard enough time deciding which jewelry to wear on any given day.

The last things she needs is a dilemma over the proper way to wear her engagement ring, her wedding ring, and her eternity ring.

The first thing to do is examine the purpose of each ring as well as the occasion on which it is given:

The Engagement Ring

The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans were among the first to use rings as a symbol of commitment. Betrothal ring, or engagement rings, were designed to show a man’s intent to marry and marked the woman as taken by or connected to her future husband.

Love, unfortunately, had little to do with engagements during this time as they were usually matters of business than emotions. As time passed, the Church made a ruling requiring a betrothal ring be given, both to show the man’s commitment as well as his financial status and ability to care for a family.

Eventually, the plain band was replaced by gemstone rings and sometimes bared more intricate details. The first diamond engagement ring was not given until 1477. Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented it to his fiance, Mary of Burgundy. Since that day, diamond rings have become the standard for engagement rings.

The Wedding Band

The history of wedding rings dates back to the same period as the engagement ring. They served both as a symbol of love or as a symbol of ownership, depending on which culture you use as reference.

Weddings bands have been made from all types of materials over the centuries including leather, brass, silver, lead, gold, and platinum. It is very common to find bridal sets tat include both the engagement ring as well as the matching band.

The Eternity Ring

An eternity ring can also be described as a dress or formal wedding band. It is a solid band, set with gemstones, traditionally diamonds.

Traditionally, an eternity ring was given to celebrate an anniversary, with some dispute over which anniversary they should be presented on. While anniversaries such as the tenth and fortieth list gemstones as the traditional gifts, many people take this to mean that an eternity band with that particular gemstone is appropriate for that anniversary.

The larger jewelry companies, however, are trying to persuade people that the first year anniversary is when an eternity ring should be presented, a very ingenious marketing technique. Eternity rings are also common gifts a husband gives to his wife to celebrate the birth of the couple’s first child.

How Do I Wear Them All?

Where do you wear a wedding ring?

Traditionally, when you already have both an engagement ring and a wedding ring, the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand, closest to the bride’s heart.

Where do you wear an engagement ring?

The engagement ring is worn on the same finger as the wedding ring, placed second on top of the band. In some cases, when the engagement ring and the wedding band don’t match, a bride will wear her wedding band on her left hand and her engagement ring on her right hand ring finger.

Where do you wear an eternity ring?

When an eternity ring is presented, the proper way to wear all three rings isn’t as well defined. One suggested way to wear them is to wear your wedding band closest to the hand, followed by the engagement ring, and finally the eternity ring.

Since some ring styles are somewhat wider than others, this method may become cumbersome. In that case, the eternity ring can either be worn on the left hand ring finger or the finger of the bride’s choice. Another suggested order is to wear your eternity ring in between your wedding ring and engagement ring. Some sources also suggest wearing your eternity ring first, then your wedding band, and then your engagement ring.

Wearing All 3 Rings Together

The bottom line is line is, the majority of people will wear all three rings. The order in which the rings are worn is essentially a matter of personal preference as well as what works best for the style of the rings in conjunction with each other. Essentially, there is no right or wrong way to wear them.