How to Style Your Engagement Ring: Building an Engagement Ring Stack
Stacking rings has become a popular jewelry trend, and that trend is also being applied to the way women wear their engagement rings. Many women wear two or more wedding bands with their engagement rings, wearing their engagement rings, wedding bands, and "push present" rings that were gifts after having their children. However, engagement ring stacks are no longer limited to these occasions, and have become statement jewelry. Women are curating their engagement ring stacks to match their personal styles, and why not? If you are a married or engaged woman, ask yourself, what piece of jewelry do you wear the most? The answer that is probably coming to mind is your engagement ring or wedding band or both. Naturally, women want the jewelry pieces they wear the most to reflect their personal styles, ergo, engagement ring stacks have become extremely popular. Like many women and probably you, since you are reading this article, I am a huge fan of this trend. But, just because something is a trend does not mean that it has to be trendy and therefore lacking longevity. To that end, I have compiled my tips on how to style your engagement ring, following this trend in an elegant and timeless way that will stand the test of time and not leave you with a variety of rings you no longer wear at the bottom of your jewelry box. You can find my tips below. Happy stacking! May your finger sparkle and shine!
Anatomy of an Engagement Ring Stack:
1. Engagement Ring
Whether it's a solitaire, three stone, or halo setting, there are plenty of stacking possibilities.
2. Wedding Band
3. Accent Band(s)
Styling Your Stack
If you are lucky enough to choose your engagement ring, you can think about how you want to style it as you choose a setting. If your spouse chose your engagement ring, you can still keep in mind how you might want to style your rings when you choose your wedding band.
Working With Your Setting:
If You Like to Stack with Elaborate Bands
If you want to style your engagement ring with a lot of elaborate bands, like I do in my examples, then it is wise to stick with a simple engagement ring setting (if you get to choose) or simple wedding band (if you did not choose your engagement ring) as not to overwhelm the look of your rings when you stack accent bands with them.
If Your Setting is Classic
If you have a classic solitaire or three stone engagement ring, the world is your oyster when it comes to accent bands because you really cannot go wrong. You can choose antique bands, you can go with a more modern look, or you could even mix and match.
If Your Setting is Contemporary
If your engagement ring has a contemporary style setting, try to stick with wedding bands and accent bands that have clean lines, like simple solid gold or platinum bands or diamond eternity bands. This will give you a clean, modern look. Do not try to fight a contemporary setting by pairing it with elaborate bands as this can cause your stack to look disjointed.
If Your Setting is Vintage or Antique
If you have an antique or vintage style engagement ring, I suggest sticking with solid metal bands and vintage or antique bands. You can mix jewelry time periods when choosing bands, but make sure that the designs compliment each other.
Tips for Styling Your Engagement Ring Stack:
1. Choose a Timeless Wedding Band
Above are two examples of timeless wedding bands; one with diamonds one quarter of the way around and the other, an unadorned solid platinum band. Always classics. Other timeless wedding band styles include diamond eternity bands with a single diamond shape adorning them and pavé diamond bands. Choosing a timeless wedding band is key, so that you do not limit how you can mix and match with accent bands while styling your engagement ring stack.
2. Add Different Patterns for Interest
Small and subtle patterns are always a great choice; they allow for more versatility because they compliment a variety of other ring styles.
3. Don't Be Afraid of Color
Colored bands can really make a statement. They are an especially chic addition to a simple, contemporary engagement ring or an antique or vintage engagement ring. As you can see, I chose to show an emerald ring here, but rubies or sapphires are also great in accent rings. I have also seen black onyx bands, which are very sharp pieces to add to your stack. Colored bands are a great way to add sentiment to your stack as you can choose a gemstone that is the birthstone of you, your spouse, or your children or you can choose a color that has special meaning to you.
4. Don't Be Afraid to Mix Metals
Not in all cases, but in many cases, mixing metals can add character to your stack. Some settings, like the example above, use more than one type of metal and adding a band in a metal that was used as an accent in the engagement ring setting can bring emphasis to those details in the ring design. Alternatively, if your engagement ring is a single type of metal and you would like to mix metals and add visual interest to your stack, you can always choose a wedding band and accent band(s) that include the metal in your engagement ring setting and also a different metal used as an accent in both your wedding band and accent band(s). A famous example of mixing metals in your engagement ring stack is the Duchess of Cambridge's stack. Duchess Catherine wears a welsh gold ring, as is traditional in the royal family, with her platinum engagement ring and platinum diamond eternity band.
5. Let the Size of Your Hand Dictate the Size of Your Stack
As you can see in all of my pictures, I only ever stack with three rings at a time and one of the three is on the thinner side. This is because I have very small hands and my fingers are not long enough to comfortably fit a fourth ring, but believe me, if I could, I would wear a fourth ring. If you are lucky enough to have long fingers, then you can go for a fourth ring or maybe even a fifth if you stack thinner bands together. But, the moral of this tip is that band widths matter when you are styling your stack. You have to consider all of the bands you want to stack together and which ones will fit best on your finger.
6. Keep in Mind that the Sizes of Each Ring May Vary
The ring sizes in your stack may need to vary, depending on where in your stack and on your finger they fall when you wear your rings together. As you probably know, your finger is not the same width down its full length, so you may have ring sizes that are a half or even a full size apart depending on your comfort and preferences.
Now that you have all of this information and ideas, go for it! Feel free to comment with pictures of your ring stacks. I am excited to see what you come up with!