Wedding vs. Engagement Rings: What's the Difference?

Wedding vs. Engagement Rings: What's the Difference?

Getting engaged is a major milestone in life, although for some, getting tangled in the customs and traditions, as well as expectations around this event, along with the wedding, can be a little bit overwhelming. A starting point in the process is knowing the fundamental difference between wedding and engagement rings. You may be too shy to ask any questions you have, so we’ve tried to simplify it for you today, in order to put you on your way in your quest towards living out your happily ever after.

The Symbolic Meaning of Rings

Rings are traditionally considered to be a sacred symbol, with their circular nature representing something eternal, which has no beginning and no end. A ring represents wholeness and completeness, indicating a fundamental principle of entering into the union of marriage. Since ancient times, engagement rings have been used as a symbol of love and commitment, with the first rings being crafted out of plants (commonly believed to be by Egyptians living near the Nile River). In 1477, Archduke Maximillian presented the first diamond encrusted engagement ring to his soon to be fiance, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are presented to a partner during the marriage proposal. Typically, these rings have at least one dominant stone, and depending on your budget, may have additional smaller stones as well. These are commonly designed using diamonds, though in more recent times, and with the offset of traditional expectations around engagements, you may well find all types of stones in an engagement ring. These rings are symbolic of a commitment to marry, and usually the ring is bought taking into consideration the wants and needs of the bride. Typically, engagement rings, containing more stones, are more expensive than wedding rings, though this can vary from couple to couple.

Wedding Rings

Wedding rings, often referred to as wedding bands, are usually plain metal bands, or diamond-encrusted eternity bands. These are exchanged during the wedding ceremony, and subsequently worn from the point of marriage onwards. Some wedding rings compliment engagement rings, with couples often opting for styles that suit each other, in order for the rings to be worn in conjunction with each other. Wedding rings not only signify the big day of the wedding, but show a commitment to your partner in front of your entire family, representing their support and encouragement regarding your union as well.

Where To Buy Your Wedding and Engagement Rings

Known for their engagement and wedding collections, Jenna Clifford, which has been designing and selling jewelry to South Africans for decades, is a great place to start if you’re looking for either. Their online mailing list, which is easy to sign up for via their website, usually showcases a collection of special offers for you to keep an eye on during the course of the year. If you’re looking for something that speaks to both you and your partner, but are not sure to begin, you can also pay them a visit at one of their flagship stores. Their consultants will be able to answer all your questions, assisting you as you embark on the adventure that is getting married to the person you love.