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Should a wedding ring be a certain carat? 

Should a wedding ring be a certain carat? 

The wedding ring, a symbol of eternal love and commitment, comes with its own set of considerations – distinct from its often more glamorous counterpart, the engagement ring. Wedding rings are usually plainer and aren’t always adorned with diamonds and gemstones. But if you do opt for a diamond wedding ring, you might wonder if it needs to be a certain carat. Here, we get into everything diamond wedding ring – including what they symbolise, and which rings ‘can’ be a wedding ring. 

The meaning of wedding rings 

Traditionally, wedding rings are simpler in design compared to engagement rings. This simplicity is rooted in the symbol the wedding band represents: an unbroken circle of love and commitment between two people.  

Unlike engagement rings, which often feature prominent gemstones and elaborate designs to signify the promise of marriage, wedding bands are designed for everyday wear over a lifetime. Their simplicity ensures durability and comfort. This might be because a wedding ring is expected to be worn all the time (where possible) to recognise your commitment. However, it can also be seen as a symbol of the durability and comfort of a long-term relationship. 

Diamond wedding rings: no set carat expectation 

While diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings, they also make a stunning addition to wedding bands. It’s actually a popular trend nowadays to reverse the roles of the rings, opting for a plainer engagement ring and a diamond encrusted wedding band. Whatever you choose to do, if you’re considering a diamond wedding ring, it’s important to know that there is no set expectation regarding carat size. Unlike engagement rings, where the size and quality of the diamond can sometimes feel like a statement, wedding bands offer more flexibility. 

Couples can opt for a single diamond, a band encrusted with multiple smaller diamonds (known as a pavé setting), or even a ring without any gemstones at all. The choice often depends on personal style, comfort, and how the wedding band complements the engagement ring. Some prefer a subtle addition of sparkle to their wedding band, while others may choose a more understated, metal-only design. 

Any ring can be a wedding band 

A wedding band is just a symbol – so it’s important to remember that any ring can, technically, be a wedding ring. This approach allows couples to select rings that truly resonate with their personal style and are meaningful to them. There’s no ‘need’ to spend a certain amount, or to have a wedding ring look a certain way. 

Factors to consider when choosing your wedding band 

When deciding on your wedding ring, consider the following factors: 

  • Lifestyle and comfort: Since you’ll be wearing your wedding ring daily, it’s crucial to choose a design that suits your lifestyle and feels comfortable on your finger. A full eternity of diamonds – for example – may not feel comfortable for daily wear. 
  • Personal style: Your wedding ring should reflect your personal style and complement your engagement ring if you plan to wear both together. 
  • Budget: Determine a budget that feels comfortable for you. Remember, the significance of the wedding ring comes from what it symbolises – not how much it cost! 
  • Durability: Consider the durability of the material, especially if you lead an active lifestyle or work with your hands. Additionally, consider things like caring for young children, where you may want to opt for a smooth band to avoid any snags or potential scratches. 

Looking for your perfect wedding band?

Take a look at our beautiful selection of wedding rings here, in both metal-only and diamond designs.