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If you and the love of your life have decided to get engaged or married, you might be on the lookout for a special ring to celebrate your commitment and decision.
When it comes to gay engagement or wedding rings, there really aren’t any social rules or norms to follow. This makes the entire process exciting as you can get as creative as you want. Whether you have your rings custom made or buy something off the shelf, there are many options out there for you.
Let’s take a look at how to buy a meaningful engagement or wedding ring for a hers and hers relationship.
What’s the Etiquette for Lesbian Rings?
As mentioned above, there aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to same sex engagement and wedding rings. In general, both partners in a same sex relationship would each typically wear a ring, but this is a matter of preference and depends on the couple.
In terms of engagement rings, when a male and female couple get engaged, the female wears the engagement ring and the man typically doesn’t (although this is changing). For a lesbian couple, both females typically wear engagement rings.
With regard to wedding rings, a bride’s ring tends to be more delicate, narrower and may have embellishments, while a groom’s would be wider, larger and more masculine-looking. For hers and hers wedding rings, there isn’t a norm in place, but generally both brides may choose to wear more feminine looking wedding rings.
Types of Hers and Hers Bridal Ring Designs
If you’re looking into a meaningful engagement ring, check out our article where we outline some stunning ring styles full of symbolism. You can always tweak those ideas around to suit your preferences.
Also, many same sex couples tend to prefer traditional ring designs and settings, such as the solitaire, three stone ring, halo and vintage-inspired designs. It really doesn’t matter what type of ring you choose as long as you love it.
Whatever your ring expectations may be, here are some more ideas for hers and hers engagement and wedding ring designs to inspire you.
- Rainbow Rings
Rainbow engagement and wedding rings are a popular choice for a lesbian couple. Whether you want a ring that makes a clear statement or a more subtle option, a rainbow ring is a meaningful option and comes in a variety of designs.
For the engagement ring, you could have the shank of the ring set with rainbow colored stones or have the center stone surrounded by tiny colored stones to create a rainbow halo. Opt for tiny stones if you want a subtler and less colorful look.
Rainbow wedding rings come in an eternity band style where the entire circumference of the ring is studded with colorful gemstones like sapphires or tourmalines. However, if you aren’t into gemstones, you could also opt for a colorful wood or metal ring like this stunning one here that have the colors of the rainbow in the wood or metal itself. Some couples like to have the rainbow colors set into the inside of the ring so that it’s not immediately obvious but can be seen whenever you take your ring off.
- Similar but Different Rings
If you don’t want identical engagement or wedding hers and hers bands, think complementary rings instead. Opt for rings that have similar mix and match elements, that look different but have a similar theme.
You can do this by choosing the same pattern for the surfaces of both rings or picking out similar stones but set in different ways. The aim is to achieve a cohesive style while still ensuring that each ring has its own individual look. And what better symbolism for a relationship is there?
- Identical Engagement or Wedding Bands
This might probably be the easiest option as you would just have to buy two of the same ring. But it can also be a little boring which is why the majority of couples choose contrasting rings.
There is no rule that you must get identical rings to correlate with your same sex status. Different rings allow you to show your personality and differences while celebrating your similarities.
If, however, you’re going for identical rings, there are numerous options for both engagement and wedding rings styles. Choose any stone, metal color or design to suit both your tastes.
- Symbol of Venus
Like the rainbow rings mentioned above, the symbol of Venus celebrates your femininity and can be worn in a way to make a statement. When two symbols of Venus are interlocked, the resulting symbol represents the union of two women.
Rings featuring the Venus symbol are perfect either as engagement or wedding rings. If you’re thinking about an all-in-one ring, then this fits the bill perfectly.
- Rings with Quotes
Rings with meaningful quotes like Her One, Her Only or words like Equality are symbolic and impactful. Find a quote that resonates with you and have that inscribed on your ring, or buy a ready made one that speaks to you.
Where to Buy Hers and Hers Engagement and Wedding Bands
If you’re having your rings custom made, most jewelers should be able to accommodate your requirements and work with you closely to create the ring(s) of your dreams. Our article on custom made engagement rings outlines the steps involved in having your ring custom made for you.
It’s a good idea to know what type of rings you’re interested in and the general style you both are going for. For example, matching or contrasting? Knowing this will help the jeweler understand what you need. However, some excellent jewelers will be able to guide you on this path and show you options that you probably hadn’t considered before.
You could also walk into any physical jewelry store and browse through their ring collections. They may have designs that you fall in love with.
If searching online, there are many excellent retailers to choose from. For diamond rings, shopping online will actually be more beneficial as you have access to competitive prices and countless options.
Read our article on the top online retailers, where we compare the pros and cons of some of the best names in the online jewelry business.
We also recommend searching through Etsy and Amazon as these two platforms brings a world of artisan jewelers in one place. You’ll find unique, handcrafted and stunning hers and hers engagement and wedding rings on both platforms. However, as each Etsy and Amazon shop has its own polices, it might take some time to review all their details ahead of making a purchase, but that’s usually time well-spent.
It’s a great thing to celebrate love in all its forms! Engagement rings should resonate with you and your relationship, so it doesn’t really matter what the norms stipulate. Choose a ring that represents your relationship and what matters to the both of you. Happy shopping!