You could be wearing these treasures for the rest of your lives, so it makes sense to put some real thought into the rings you choose to exchange. Here’s our round up of some of the very latest wedding and engagement rings for men and women, including ‘mengagement’ rings, and gorgeous keepsake ring boxes to keep them safe.
A wedding and engagement ring set comprises two rings that are made to fit together perfectly, so with a little forward-planning at the time of your engagement, you could find the perfect match. Even if you didn’t plan ahead, a close enough match can often be found with the right jeweller.
Whether you choose your rings together or it’s a complete surprise, the engagement ring is likely to be the most romantic gift you will ever give or receive. Etiquette used to dictate that a man should spend at least a month’s salary on the engagement ring, but really the price is unimportant compared to the symbolic gesture itself.
The wedding ring usually replaces the position of the engagement ring once you are married, as the wedding band is said to be worn ‘closest to the heart’. In future years, an eternity ring may be given to mark a special occasion in the couple’s relationship, such as the birth of their first child or the renewal of their vows.
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.