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What's the Difference Between an Engagement Ring and a Wedding Band?

There’s a lot to think about in the interim between getting engaged and getting married. Between finding your perfect dress and arranging your big day, you may find yourself also asking about what, exactly, is the difference between an engagement ring and wedding band. Modern traditions have evolved and the two, which were once very similar, are now often quite different in terms of style and decoration.

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Engagement Rings: The Basic 411

The main difference between engagement rings and wedding bands in modern days is that the engagement ring is generally much more elaborate. Engagement rings often feature a single large central stone (usually a diamond, cubic zirconia, or eco-friendly moissanite stones) with embellishments or additional accent diamonds or other gemstones surrounding it. There are hundreds of engagement ring styles to choose from, and custom details like vintage milgrain edging, floral engagement ring designs, halo engagement ring styles, and more make each style feel distinct.

Your Wedding Band Style Primer

Compared to engagement rings, wedding bands are generally quite simple. Some wedding bands will include small diamonds or other stones, like the increasingly popular eternity wedding ring styles. It is just as common, however, to see simple wedding bands for both men and women that are made from metal. Some wedding bands will feature vintage-inspired details like milgrain edging, filigree, symbolic infinity wedding band twists, or etched designs -- it all depends on which style you choose to fit with your engagement ring style and your personality.

Choosing the Best Rings for You

While there are some distinguishing features that differentiate and wedding bands and engagement rings, ultimately the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding band comes down to the person wearing it. Feel free to choose whatever style best fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle, and you’ll surely be happy with the results!

At Aurosi Jewels, you can shop the latest affordable wedding band and inexpensive engagement ring styles, try on rings at home, and even order custom engagement and wedding rings to fit your needs. Explore our selection and please feel free to contact us with any questions!

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