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How to Wear and Style Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement and wedding rings are likely to be the most valuable items of jewellery you will own, if not in terms of monetary value then almost certainly in their sentimental attachment.

Ernest Jones - Editor

Sometimes this isn’t practical and is therefore open to modern interpretation. For instance, if the rings do not complement each other and are to be worn separately. Or with the vast

range of ring designs varying in width meaning that sometimes all three rings simply do not comfortably fit on the one finger. In these instances, the eternity ring can be worn on the ring finger of the right hand, creating enough space between the engagement and wedding ring. Ultimately, the eternity ring can be worn on whichever finger the bride deems the most comfortable or befitting.

There is no right or wrong way to wear your jewellery, although as we have seen when it comes to engagement rings and wedding rings, convention is very strongly established and deviation from the norm may simply not be recognised correctly. The most important thing is that you love the jewellery, are comfortable wearing it and continue to create memories whilst remembering that your rings are symbolic of a never-ending circle of eternal love.

It is important to look after your jewellery in order to keep it in tip-top condition and sparkling for years to come. The experts at Ernest Jones have advice on how to care for all your pieces. The main pointers include:

  • Remove your jewellery each time you have a shower or bath
  • Take off all your jewellery when you are using cleaning products
  • Invest in jewellery polishing cloths and jewellery cleaners to keep that ring shining
  • Store jewellery in its original packaging to preserve its delicate original shape
  • Visit an Ernest Jones store for advice and more top tips directly from our experts

For more online information please refer to our article How To Buy An Diamond Ring

Do Brides Wear Their Engagement Ring During Their Wedding?

How to wear your engagement and wedding rings on the big day is personal preference. According to tradition, during the ceremony, the groom is to place the wedding band on top of the engagement ring. This is to symbolise the ultimate commitment of love, honour, and faithfulness, confirming the promises pledged during the period of engagement.

However, more recently brides are opting to emphasise the wedding band during the special day and prefer to wear their engagement ring on their right hand during this time. This can be due to the rings not complementing each other, or simply due to preference. Some brides even leave their engagement rings at home!

So, to answer the question “does a bride wear her engagement ring at her wedding?” – some do, some don’t: it is totally your choice.

In Which Order Should You Wear Your Wedding, Engagement and Eternity Rings?

The eternity ring also referred to as an infinity ring, is given to symbolise unbroken affection. An eternity ring is typically set with a continuous line of diamonds to represent long-lasting love. It is usually gifted after a significant marriage milestone (usually after 35 years) or is more recently being given after the couple’s first child is born.

The engagement, wedding and eternity ring order is less established. However, most commonly all three rings are worn on the ring finger, with the wedding ring being the first to be put on the finger, followed by the engagement ring and topped with the eternity ring.

On Which Finger Should You Wear Your Engagement Ring?

If you’re newly engaged, or just about to be, you may be wondering which is the correct finger on which to wear your engagement ring. Although it is fairly likely that you already know since the convention is more or less standard through most of the world and dates back to the ancient history with very little deviation. While many nuptial traditions are negotiable and open to interpretation, the engagement ring finger is less so. At the risk of sounding dogmatic, a ring isn’t an engagement ring unless it's on the correct finger. In almost all cultures, the engagement ring, as well as the wedding ring, is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand; that is to say, the finger between the middle finger and little finger. This tradition dates back at least to the ancient Egyptians who believed, quite wrongly of course, that the vein in the fourth finger led directly to the heart. This idea was taken up by the Greeks and later Romans who called it the ‘vena amoris’ vein of love. A Roman man would give his intended an ‘anunlus pronubus’ (nuptial ring) to cement their betrothal. It was usually made of iron and purely symbolic of a legally binding agreement.

In a few countries and cultures, the engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand and in fewer still other fingers are deemed the norm. There is nothing stopping you switching fingers, it’s your ring, although be prepared for many people to fail to recognise it as an engagement ring.

These pieces of jewellery, together with the eternity ring of which more later, embody the sanctity of love between you and your partner; therefore, you will want to make sure you use every opportunity to show them off to their best advantage.

Although many traditional aspects of marriage are becoming more and more modernised the ritual of the giving and receiving of rings is stronger than ever. In this article, you will learn the traditional ways to wear and style your bridal jewellery.