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Why Do Some Bridal Sets Have Three Rings?

Are you planning to get down on one knee and ask the question to your significant other about spending your life together? Well, you want to do it properly, right? That means landing a great location, setting the mood properly and buying the perfect ring perfect for the occasion. However, browsing for rings can sometimes send you down a rabbit hole in a vast world of wedding rings.

You might come across various terms like bridal sets, engagement bands, wedding and eternity rings, but you have no clue what any of them mean or the significance these terms hold.

You have nothing to worry about as this article will help you understand what these terms mean so you have no difficulty picking the best engagement ring to honor tradition.

  • The Engagement Ring

The Engagement ring is the proposal ring that you give your spouse when asking for their hand in marriage. An engagement ring is flashier and has a center stone in the band. Normally, the centerpiece goes alone on the band but you can also see small pieces around the flashy stone.

One of the most common stones for engagement rings is diamonds, but not everyone wants diamonds. Different stones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds are gaining popularity because of their durability and vibrant colors.

Generally, women receive and wear an engagement ring and the men’s ring comes in the next part. Engagement rings are also worn after the wedding so it’s also important that you know your partner’s taste.

  • The Wedding Band

If movies have taught us anything, it’s that you don’t have to think about rings after an engagement ring, but that’s not how it works if you are following the tradition. The wedding band is the ring that you give when you exchange vows.

The wedding bands represent the lifelong commitment between the partner and the spouse. A wedding band is a simple metal with no stones or just a single gemstone while a wedding ring can have the date of the wedding engraved on it. If you already have an engagement ring then it’s important to pair the wedding band with a matching metal or shade to have a proper bridal set.

Now that more people want to follow proper wedding traditions, they make sure that they maintain a good bridal set by getting a wedding band that complements the engagement ring and helps in enhancing it. If you take a look around, you can also see bridal sets sold together because it makes it easier to match both the rings.

  • Eternity Rings: The Never-Ending

Most people would stop after two rings but in recent times, the emerging trend of giving the third ring for reaching a milestone in the relationship or when the couple has their first child.

Eternity rings can be given to your spouse between your first anniversary and anytime through your life, although most people do the celebration of the 3rd ring on their 5th or 10th anniversary. Like how you paired your engagement ring and wedding ring, it’s also important that the third ring matches the other two rings.

Although this is not quite popular, bridal sets can also be bought as three rings which would be perfect if you are planning to follow the three-ring tradition. Buying it as a bridal set would reduce the chance of hassle in matching all three rings. Like the engravings on the wedding band, the third ring can have engravings of the firstborn baby’s fingerprint making it more symbolic to the couple.

Benefits Of Having Three Ring Bridal Sets

Buying a three-set bridal set shows that you and your partner see a long future together, it shows a lifetime of commitment.

Buying a three-ring bridal set is smarter too because they are a lot cheaper than buying one ring each for all separate occasions. A bridal set also makes sure that all the rings are symmetrical to each other. This means that you don’t have to spend time finding rings that match the previous ring. Instead, all of them are custom-made to fit with each other without looking cluttered.

Now that you have a better understanding of the types of rings and their symbolic meaning, the question boils down to should you propose a bridal set? Traditionally, you would only propose with the engagement ring and the exchange of wedding bands takes place on the day of the wedding of the couple.

The wedding band will allow the couple to align their rings perfectly and ensure that the rings will be of the same size. Occasionally, you can see two-tone rings, such as rose gold and yellow gold, that stack together to make a bridal set; also, with the bridal set, the couple can propose with the full-blown wedding ring and experience how it will look on the wedding day.

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