American artist Andy Warhol once said, “It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.” Known for his larger-than-life, colorful, pop-inspired art, it is no wonder that he rightly recognized the prestige of that famed jewelry bauble – the ring. Rings, especially wedding and engagement rings, are synonymous with love, fidelity, commitment, and eternal belonging. They’re the one jewelry item that tends to tug on the heartstrings and offer a profound meaning and grace as gorgeous accessories, all at once.
If maximalism finds favor with you, and you have fallen for the current “selling-like-hot-cakes” trend of stacking jewelry, you must know that putting rings together is a more nuanced and complex skill than, say, layering bracelets, bangles, or necklaces. Firstly, consider that your hands are more functional than any other body part and are prominently visible. They are one of the foremost things one notices about the other person as soon as they meet, whether you shake hands or not. Curate a stunning stack that does not hinder the movement of your fingers and hands. If you’ve got a wedding or engagement ring you never take off, the stack needs to include those, too. Wondering how to get started? Like always, we’ve got all your questions covered below.
Which Finger Does One Stack Rings On?
Traditionally, rings are stacked on the left hand’s ring finger simply because you’ve already got a starting point – your engagement ring. You can choose any other finger if you do not have to include that ring in the stack. There are no hard set rules for that. Rather, we say, why constrict yourselves to one finger? Stack varying rings on a couple of fingers on both your hands for a strong bohemian vibe. If delicacy and femininity define you better, wear one or two sleek rings on different fingers for a classy, refined appeal. Let your personality shine vicariously through your ring stack. Rings can signify the various milestones in one’s life, so keep that in mind while planning your stack. If you’re young, carefree, and single, let your rings convey that. Try using maximalist rings for this time in your life to reflect the color and energy of an experimental phase. If you are in a more settled and evolved phase of your life, stack rings that are a statement of your strength and experience.
Make a statement with this diamond-encrusted stackable ring, which twirls around in an intimately intertwined design set in 14k white gold.
What Should be the Ideal Length of the Stack?
Anything lesser than three rings isn’t really a stack, so we’d say that is the bare minimum. Let each of these three rings reflect a different aspect of your personality – the bride, the art deco lover, the queen of bling. When you’ve got fewer rings, mixing and matching them is much easier. The maximum length shouldn’t be more than six, even if you’re comfortable with the rings grazing your knuckles.
What’s better than a stackable ring? A stackable ring that does the work of two! These two bands intersect in a criss-cross design and feature 0.26 carats of diamonds set in 14k yellow gold.
How Many Rings Can be Stacked Together?
If you’re stacking on multiple fingers, keep the lengths different. For instance, wearing 20 rings on a single hand might be too much, even if you can rock the OTT look almost effortlessly. Create some negative space by leaving at least one finger bare; just like high and low tides, yin and yang work! You can achieve a beautiful symphony by wearing rings on alternate fingers and keeping the heights different. Lastly, don’t hesitate to stack rings on both your hands as long as you balance the impact well with varying lengths. Even popping a single ring onto every finger for a horizontal stack is an innovative way to make your hands look stunning.
Break the monotony of your ring stack with a beaded shank in 14k yellow gold featuring 0.09 carats of tiny twinkling diamonds.
Can One Stack Both Rings and Bracelets on the Same Hand?
Probably not, especially if both are excessive. Or unless you are adhering to some “Bling Goddess” theme on the Met Gala coveted carpet. Keep your stacking game well-proportionate at all times. You can wear a statement bracelet with a dramatic ring stack or vice versa so that both grab attention equally without overpowering the other. While doing so, ensure the other hand isn’t bereft of jewelry. Slip on a bangle, a simple ring, or a watch to balance the other hand.
These diamonds are dotted across a shank of 14k yellow gold, with the bezel setting enhancing the charm. You can wear it as part of a stack or on its own.
Effective Tips to Ace the Nuances of Stacking Rings
Start with a statement ring and build on it. For most married or engaged women, this is usually the engagement ring. Not only does it have special meaning to the wearer, but it is also undoubtedly the highlight of your jewelry collection, as probably the most expensive or exquisite ring you have had so far. For our single divas, you could use a lovely multi-colored cocktail ring or a family heirloom for a vintage touch. Around this centerpiece, build the rest of your stack. The great thing about stacking rings is that each of them can be as personal and unique as you like. Let them tell your untold stories, relive your most cherished moments, or be the bearers of the love you hold so dearly in your heart. These rings can truly be your storytellers to the world, giving out hints about your personality or your secret keepers of emotions just between the both of you, veiled from the rest of the world!
This diamond anniversary band glitters with round and baguette diamonds in a Victorian-inspired aesthetic. Encased in 14k yellow gold, it is everything old-world and heart-warming.
Stack together rings that are of different thicknesses. Space out the ones that may overlap by adding a simple band in between, breaking the uniformity. You can juxtapose solitaire engagement rings with eternity bands and a chevron or bypass ring with a wedding band. Add a pop of color to your wedding band by layering it with a pavé gemstone ring or a baguette eternity band. Don’t hesitate to use different metals. Platinum, rose gold, silver, or yellow gold – pair a colored metal with a more neutral hue, like rose gold with white gold or yellow gold with platinum. We are huge lovers of the three-metal stack trend, too – wear rings in each of the three variations of the gold metal together. Looks jaw-dropping stunning!
Want to celebrate your 21st birthday? Use a rainbow color of gemstones to highlight the joy of the occasion. Think soothing aquamarines, deep garnets, sparkling emeralds, royal amethysts, tangy citrines, and more. Don’t be wary of stacking all the colorful stones together; let the kaleidoscope bring out your fun and quirky personality. However, this vibrant stack may not be appropriate for a business meeting or a formal drinks night with colleagues. Think of something more elegant, pragmatic, and sophisticated in appeal – white metal, neutral color stones, and clean designs. For a date night with your partner, do not shy away from embracing all bling, glitz, and glamour in your ring stack.
This luxurious stackable ring comes in 14k white gold, featuring baguette and round-cut diamonds along with milgrain detailing. It is an instant head-turner.
For a cocktail party, exude a happy and exuberant vibe. Vintage and art deco rings are great options, especially if they’re set in rose gold and feature nature motifs. If your personality is more subtle, and you’d like to use the same metal, play around with varying textures and ring settings instead. This can be particularly impactful at bridal showers and weddings. Bottomline – play with your ring stack, jibing with the mood and setting of the occasion.
A contemporary take on art deco designs, this 14k white gold ring features baguette diamonds across the shank for the modern girl who loves all things vintage.
Can an Engagement Ring and Wedding Band be Stacked Together?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, the most recent trend is the practice of soldering the wedding band to the engagement band so that the two are always close to one another! Otherwise, they are worn together on the fourth finger of the left hand. There are two schools of thought on which ring should go first on the finger. A few feel that the wedding ring should be followed by the engagement ring since this finger connects directly to the heart, so it is romantically valid to let the wedding ring, solemnizing your eternal vows, sit closest to the heart. The other viewpoint is that the rings should be worn in the order they were given; since it all started with the engagement ring and the proposal, that ring should go first, followed by the wedding band. Of course, brides take their own road when adorning their bridal rings together. Wear them the way you like, maintaining aesthetic symmetry and their individual grandeur.
Can One Stack Rings for a Daytime Formal Corporate Look?
Daily-wear rings, when stacked neatly, can elevate your work outfits, so there’s no need to shy away from them. After all, being at work doesn’t mean you can’t get inventive with your jewelry looks – as long as it is appropriate and effortless. Use durable metals such as 14k gold. If your ring (or rings) features a soft stone (a fragile gemstone), consider a secure setting like the bezel. Keep the color down to a minimum. You can instead add some subtle drama into the stack with a chevron, twisted or curved stackable ring, or a filigree design.
This twisted diamond stackable ring, crafted from 14k white gold, features 0.13 carats of diamonds in scallops. Ideal for securing some compliments at the workplace and for seamless day-to-night look transitions.
Can Wearing Multiple Rings Together Diminish Their Luster?
Not if you wear them carefully and sparingly. But yes, rings are a bit delicate, and stronger metals like platinum or 14k gold might abrase softer ones like silver or 18k gold. Be mindful of that when stacking rings for longer time durations. Also, harder stones like diamonds, rubies, or emeralds may chip away at softer ones like pearls. Wearing your diamond eternity band with a delicate opal or tourmaline birthstone ring is not such a great idea. When stacking gemstone rings, learn about their hardness on the Mohs scale and only pair the ones that score at par with each other.
Ideal for stacking, this 14k white gold band combines durability and aesthetics. With bezel-set diamonds in milgrain frames, this piece is romantic and practical all at once.
When ideating and executing our ring designs at Gabriel and Co., beauty, quality, and functionality are our guiding forces. Our splendid range of stackable rings has designs for every choice. Pick a few, or rather we say as many as catch your fancy and have the time of your life stacking and styling them. Now that we have unraveled for you all the expert tips and insights, we are certain you will do a pro job at it! Let your rings shine out, glorifying your personality, sentiments, milestones you have already achieved, and the ones you aspire for!