Traditional engagement rings typically have one dominant stone, which either stands alone or is surrounded by additional smaller stones. An engagement ring is usually given as part of the proposal, or if not, at an early point in the engagement.


By contrast, a wedding ring is traditionally a plain metal band or a diamond-encrusted eternity band that you receive when you exchange your vows during the wedding ceremony and wear from then on. Typically, there's also a fairly significant price difference between engagement rings and wedding rings; even if the wedding band has inlaid diamonds or other gemstones, their total carat weight is generally less than that of the engagement ring.


You can, of course, throw tradition out the window. Brides are having more of a say in the choice and design of their rings. And not only are they parting with tradition, but they're opting to diversify their engagement and wedding ring selections. People are doing whatever they want, and wedding bands offer the opportunity to have more flair.