Ring Rules: The Great Debate - Above or Below? Navigating the Wedding Band and Engagement Ring Dilemma

Hello, jewelry enthusiasts and soon-to-be-weds! Today, we're diving into a question that many of you might be pondering as you gaze at your gorgeous engagement ring: "Do you wear your wedding band above or below your engagement ring?" At Worthmore Jewelers, we're all about breaking tradition and embracing your unique style, so let's explore this topic together!

Tradition with a Twist

Traditionally, the wedding band is worn below the engagement ring. This custom stems from the belief that the wedding band should be closer to the heart, symbolizing the eternal bond of marriage. However, at Worthmore Jewelers, we believe that rules are meant to be bent, and how you wear your rings is a personal choice that should reflect your individual style and the unique story of your love.

Practical Considerations

Beyond tradition, there are practical reasons to consider when deciding the order of your rings. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

  • Comfort and Fit: Depending on the design of your rings, wearing the wedding band below the engagement ring might provide a more comfortable and secure fit. This is especially true if your engagement ring has a large or protruding stone.
  • Ring Size: If there's a significant size difference between your engagement ring and wedding band, wearing the band above might help to anchor the engagement ring in place, preventing it from spinning or sliding.
  • Daily Wear: Some people prefer to wear their wedding band below the engagement ring for practical reasons, such as ease of removal for certain activities or professions where wearing an engagement ring might not be feasible.

The Aesthetic Perspective

The order in which you wear your rings can also impact the overall aesthetic of your bridal set. Here are some considerations:

  • Stacking Style: If you have a stacking set, you might choose to wear the wedding band above the engagement ring to create a cohesive look. Alternatively, you might switch the order depending on the occasion or your outfit.
  • Highlighting the Engagement Ring: Wearing the wedding band below the engagement ring can help to highlight and elevate the engagement ring, making it the focal point of your bridal set.
  • Creating Balance: If your engagement ring is particularly large or ornate, wearing the wedding band above it can help to create a balanced and harmonious look.

Personal Preference and Symbolism

Ultimately, the decision on how to wear your wedding band and engagement ring comes down to personal preference and the symbolism that feels most meaningful to you. Some couples choose to wear their wedding band above the engagement ring as a symbol of their wedding vows being the most recent and prominent commitment. Others stick to tradition and wear the wedding band below the engagement ring to keep it closer to the heart.

Cultural and Regional Variations

It's also worth noting that customs can vary by culture and region. In some countries, it's common to wear the engagement ring on the right hand and the wedding band on the left, or vice versa. Exploring these different traditions can provide additional perspectives and options for how you choose to wear your rings.

Tips for Making Your Decision

If you're still undecided about how to wear your wedding band and engagement ring, here are a few tips to help you make your decision:

  • Try Different Combinations: Experiment with wearing your rings in different orders to see which combination feels most comfortable and looks best on your hand. Remember, you do not have to commit to one or the other, you only have to commit to your new spouse! 
  • Consider Your Lifestyle: Think about your daily activities and how the order of your rings might impact their wear and tear. Choose an arrangement that suits your lifestyle and keeps your rings in good condition.
  • Consult with a Jeweler: If you're unsure about the fit or style of your rings, consult with a professional jeweler who can provide expert advice and make any necessary adjustments.


There's no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether you should wear your wedding band above or below your engagement ring. It's a personal choice that depends on a variety of factors, including tradition, comfort, aesthetics, and personal symbolism.Take the time to consider these factors and choose an arrangement that feels right for you and your unique love story.  Remember, you can switch it up, there are no rules! 

At Worthmore Jewelers, we're here to support you every step of the way, offering expert guidance, custom design services, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. So, wear your rings with pride and let them tell the story of your love in your own unique way! 

We invite you to visit Worthmore Jewelers and discover our unique collections, experience our innovative approach, and join us in breaking tradition. Whether you're planning your wedding or simply looking for a special piece of jewelry, we're here to make your experience unforgettable.