Anniversary bands are a great compliment to a wedding band or engagement ring. They are meant to celebrate an anniversary, milestone, or really any important occasion in your life-so they can hold just as much meaning as the wedding band itself. Typically, anniversary rings are a gemstone or diamond band, rather than a plain metal band.
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Anniversary bands often go with what we call a "Milestone Year", which can be your 10-year, 15-year, 25-year etc. anniversary. You don't have to sit around and wait 10 years to give an anniversary ring though! There are no "rules" when it comes to giving a meaningful anniversary gift, so if you choose to do it for say 3 years, there is nothing wrong with that at all. Other milestones would be: renewing vows, the birth of a child, buying a house together, or any meaningful occasion... like Taco Tuesday.
There are different ways to wear an anniversary band, so you choose what works best for you. Below are a few suggestions we have that can at least help steer you in the right direction.
- Stack! You know we love stacks here at EngagementRings.com, so it's no shock that this is our first suggestion. Stack your anniversary band with your wedding or engagement ring for a bold, yet elegant look. This is probably the most common way anniversary bands are worn, but that doesn't mean any other way you wear it is wrong.
- Choose the other hand. You may have a bold ring on your left hand already, so put your anniversary band on the right. Sometimes overcrowding a finger can make things look unbalance, so this really depends on the styles of rings chosen (perhaps the two styles clash on the same finger). This is a great way to show off each ring individually, while balancing out the look as a whole.
- Choose another finger. If you still want the anniversary band to be on the same hand as your wedding/engagement ring (but don't want to overcrowd a finger), simply choose another finger on your left hand. Ring fingers tend to fill up before the others, so it's okay to start spreading out your new stack! *One thing to really make sure of beforehand is choosing the right finger size for whichever location you choose.
- Time for an upgrade! Rather than getting an anniversary band to compliment your wedding ring, some choose to upgrade the wedding band instead. There are many ways to do this by adding new stones, going for larger stones, or even replacing the band itself for a different look.