The Secret to Stacking Wedding Bands

August 3, 2016 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Stacking wedding bands isn’t a new thing.

Indeed, it’s been around for as long as people have worn jewelry. The trend, however, has really taken off and exploded in the last 10 years or so.

Wedding Band Stacking and ring box

Keep reading to discover everything that you need to know about stackable wedding bands. 

Understanding the Stackable Wedding Band

Diamond and Ruby Wedding Band Stacking with Flowers

Traditionally, there have been three rings associated with marriage, the engagement ring at the time of making the commitment to the marriage, the wedding band at the time of the ceremony and the eternity ring which is given at a later, unspecified, date.

A stackable wedding band is a ring that is comprised of two or three (or more) bands that are placed next to each other. The joint rings will give an illusion of a large single ring. The benefit of stackable bands is that you can keep switching and reconfiguring the rings without the pressure of being limited to one layout.

As stackable bands have become more popular, it has also become common for women to stack their engagement ring and wedding ring to be part of a matched pair. They will ask the jewelry to create a wedding band that will sit around the engagement ring, stacking perfectly beside it like a stacked band. Many retailers now offer an option to buy both rings as a matching set.

Do you need to be Married to Wear Stackable Wedding Bands?

Stacking Diamond and Yellow Diamond Wedding Bands
Click here to view the outer wedding bands and here to view the inner wedding band.

No. Even though, stackable wedding bands are called “wedding bands”, there is no requirement demanding that you be married in order to wear them. In fact, the band stacking trend is most popular with women in their 20’s and 30’s, most of whom are single.

No one will think that you’re married if you’re wearing a wedding band. The giveaway will be the engagement ring. If you have an engagement ring and a wedding band, everyone will assume that you’re married. If you just have a wedding band (or multiple wedding bands) everyone will know that you’re single. They may just marvel at your fashion-forward style.

How to Stack a Wedding Band

Ruby with Diamond Stackable Wedding Bands
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There are no rules on how to stack your wedding bands because stacking is an art form and not a science. Some women even prefer to switch hands when stacking. If the engagement ring is to be worn continuously on the ring finger of the left hand, they may put it on the pointer finger of the right hand.

There is nothing wrong with stacking 3 mismatched rings together. If you love how it looks, just do it!

There is only one rule to stacking. You can only stack wedding rings based on the length of your fingers! That’s it.

If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with long slender fingers, then go mad and stack away! You can put 10 bands on each finger.

It’s true that some people like order and others like chaos, and the principles are applied with stacking. A common look is to have two similar bands either side of the original – different – wedding band. Also popular is a mismatch of colors, engravings, and even stones. In the past 20 years, fashion and style have often taken a back seat to substance, so don’t be afraid to experiment and mix and match several designs.

What Not To Do with Stackable Wedding Bands

Wearing Stacking Wedding Bands

Although we’ve already said there are no rules with stacking, there are probably one or two things to consider in order to maximize both the effect and wearability.

If you go for antique stackable wedding bands with different stones, having them offset from the dead center not only adds visual interest but will also make the stack a little easier to wear and help to stop snagging and the stones grinding together too much.

Also, if you plan to wear mismatched wedding bands, consider two slimmer rings on either side of a wider-band ring. The other way around would probably only serve to see the thinner band getting lost among its bigger brethren.

Here are a few tips to avoid when stacking bands:

  • Try not to stack too many rings on the same finger because it may become difficult to bend your finger.
  • Avoid placing low bands near a single large band because the effect may appear a little unsettling.
  • Don’t keep your rings on all day. Take your bands off so that your finger can breathe.
  • If you have an antique band, pay attention to it. Antique bands are a lot more delicate. They can easily be damaged.
  • Above all, don’t let your style be cramped by glares and comments. Enjoy your style and own it.

Adding More Wedding Bands

Stacking Diamond Wedding Bands

Many people add rings to the stack periodically. Someone who collects wedding bands will probably mark occasions like an anniversary or a child’s birth with another wedding band.

If this is the case, antique stackable wedding bands can often be custom-made to perfectly compliment the original wedding band or engagement ring. It is even possible to shape the new rings to make them fit snugly alongside any stones which may be set wider than the band of the earlier rings.

It’s really all about you. Let your style and your personality shine through your wedding bands. Jewelry is a very personal thing. Your fashion decisions shouldn’t be dictated by anything other than your taste and quality. If you want to wear something that others wouldn’t, then wear it. After all, there’s only one person looking at your stacked rings all day, and that’s you. It’s about the mix of colors, textures, engravings, and settings. We think that it’s all the better for being able to change the order and combination to suit every occasion.

Shop Our Collection

Estate Diamond Jewelry have been building our collection of stackable wedding bands for over 38 years. We now have one of the most comprehensive collections online. Feel free to browse through some of our collection below or click here to view our entire collection.

  • 1.00ct Diamond and Calibre' Cut Sapphire Wedding Band Ring 13319 TVDiamond and Calibre' Cut Sapphire Wedding Band 13319 TSV

    Elmont Band

  • Vintage Calibrated Natural Sapphire and Diamond Band - Admiral BandZig-Zag Calibrated Sapphire and Diamond Band - Admiral Band

    Admiral Band

  • Half-Eternity Band Rose Gold and Diamonds - Sabine Band

    Sabine Band

  • Amour Éternité Wedding BandAmour Wedding Band

    Amesbury Band. 1.8mm

  • White Gold and Diamond Half Eternity Band - Selma BandDiamond and White Gold Half Eternity Band - Selma Band

    Selma Band

  • 9.78ct Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Band - Verbank Band MOSK TV

    Verbank Band

  • Douglaston Band Top ViewDouglaston Band Top Side View

    Delmar Band. 3.6mm

  • 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Band - Elmay Band 14475 TVDiamond and Sapphire Half Eternity Band - Elmay Band 14475 TSV

    Elmay Band. 2.6mm

  • Ithaca Wedding Band Diamond Sapphire Platinum Ring 13318 TSVWedding Band Diamond and Sapphire Ring 13318 TSV2

    Ithaca Band

  • Diamond and Sapphire Half Eternity Band - Ladue Band

    Ladue Band. 2.70mm

  • Channel Set Sapphires and Diamond Lugo Band Top ViewFrench Cut Sapphires and Diamond Lugo Band Top Side View

    Lugo Band. 9.7mm

  • Diamond Eternity BandMeadville Band Top View2mm Channel Set Baguette Band Top Side View Meadville Band

    Meadville Band. 2mm


Final Thoughts

In jewelry, everyone is writing rules and regulations about the cut, the size, the clarity and more. We don’t see why anybody should apologize for breaking some of those rules. Stack rings on multiple fingers, if you want to, and live a little.

Based on everything mentioned above, perhaps it is safe to say that there is a rule to wedding band stacking. The first and only rule of the stacking club is “Just Be You”.

If this article has awakened or stoked your interest in stackable wedding bands, click here to view our collection.

Which set of wedding bands do you think compliments each other in the most flattering way? Tell us in the comments below?