Anniversary Ring Etiquette 101

anniversary ring etiquette

Many thoughts come to mind when I think of anniversary rings.  Is there actually formal etiquette for that? When is the right time to give an anniversary ring? What finger do you wear the ring on?  Should your anniversary ring match your wedding band and engagement ring?  What I’ve come to find and appreciate is that this really just depends on you and your partner.

Anniversary rings are a modern alternative to traditional gifts such as wood or paper.  These special momentous rings are giving women the chance to wear something more colorful and modern in comparison to their traditional wedding band and engagement ring.  On the other hand, women are using their anniversary bands as compliment their engagement ring and wedding band by creating a flashy and bold look.  Let’s be honest those, while the traditional anniversary gifts are still great ideas that hold sentimental value, it really comes down to personal preference.  Either way, we can’t ignore that over the years anniversary rings have started to grow in popularity when it comes to gift giving.

When is the Right Time to Buy an Anniversary Ring?

anniversary ring etiquette

Sure you’ve heard the many myths or “rules” by now regarding how long you should wait before gifting your loved one an anniversary ring.  But I’m here to tell you now, don’t pay them any mind! If we were going by the old-fashion list of gifts given for anniversary you wouldn’t be giving gold until your 50th wedding anniversary.  The more modern list says to wait till your tenth anniversary to give diamonds, but there aren’t any rules here when it comes to “the right time”.  In my opinion that’s the best thing anniversary rings have to offer, intimate and personal moments that reflect you and your loved one.  In addition, not waiting till specific milestone years to give your wife a new ring also adds the element of genuine surprise.

Choosing the Right Anniversary Ring.

anniversary ring etiquette

Hmm. This one can seem tough, or is it?  Some helpful starters to picking the right anniversary ring – decide if you want your anniversary band to compliment your engagement ring and wedding band, or do you want it to feature multiple stones, colored diamonds, decorative settings?  Another popular favorite for an anniversary ring is an eternity band.  You might find that your taste has matured and expanded over the years, your anniversary band should reflect you and your personality.  Anything goes, have fun with exploring different options.

anniversary ring etiquette

How to Wear Your Anniversary Ring.

anniversary ring etiquette

So now you know when the right time for YOU to get an anniversary ring, you know what type of style or kind of anniversary ring you would want, so how am I supposed to wear this new precious addition?  To put it simply, you can wear your anniversary ring on whichever hand you’d like.  Some women will choose to wear their anniversary ring with their wedding band and engagement ring, especially when they’re complimentary of each other.  Some women like to wear their anniversary band with just their engagement ring, others like to wear their anniversary ring with only their wedding band.

anniversary ring etiquette

For those who opt for a more elaborate anniversary ring, or bands with colorful stones, I’ve noticed that the preferred location for their new ring is on their right hand.  Wearing your anniversary ring on your right hand helps keep your left hand from looking overcrowded and allows each ring to standout on their own without clashing or taking away the beauty for one another.

Now You Know..

Don’t think too hard about staying in the lines and following the rules when it comes to giving anniversary gifts.  Anniversary rings should be personal in every way. Explore your options and have fun with it!

anniversary ring etiquette

If you’re interested in even more information about anniversary ring etiquette, feel free to reach out to the pro’s at Engagement Ring Guru’s.

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