If you thought stacking was just for your wrists, think again. Instead of flying solo with a solitary engagement ring, say yes to a wedding ring set. According to jewelry designer Payal Shah, a wedding ring set traditionally has three matching rings: an engagement ring with the couple’s wedding bands. The concept is that these rings complement each other to form a cohesive set.
Meet the Expert
Payal Shah is the founder of the fine jewelry label Lˊ Dezen, which combines precious stones with architectural design. Her pieces have been worn by Rihanna, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez, among others.
Why Should You Choose a Wedding Ring Set?
Shah feels that choosing a ring set is a marker of unity and a symbol of the couple’s commitment to each other. “When chosen purposefully, it serves as a great metaphor for equality and your new life together,” she says. “It’s a sign that this is not just another jewelry piece you own.” When bought together, there is also the added advantage of possible price incentives.
Tips for Buying a Wedding Ring Set
This is jewelry 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. 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.”
She advises against mixing metals. For starters, the finishing for each is different, so it’s hard to achieve an even look. “Moreover, if the metals are of different strengths, the wedding band could end up scratching the engagement ring or vice versa if not well thought out,” Shah explains.
She adds that 18 karat gold is a sound investment, flexible, and has a stronger alloy to keep the prongs in place. Platinum is ideal if you are not setting in any diamonds, and will wear the metal by itself. Since it doesn’t change color, your band will not dull down over time.
Ahead, scroll through 15 wedding ring sets we love.