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Will My Anniversary Band Replace My Wedding Band?

If you are adding an anniversary band to your collection of jewelry, you’ve got a few choices as to how to wear it.

Celebrating anniversaries is one of the perks of being married — as is dreaming about anniversary gifts! Anniversary bands are a popular gift choice, and they’re appropriate for any anniversary or any occasion, any year.

When shopping for an anniversary band you may have questions about how you should wear it with your other jewelry (your engagement ring and wedding ring). Luckily, in this day and age there is no one right way — there are several options to choose from. If you and your spouse are shopping for rings together, be sure to discuss all the options.

Diamonds are far and away the most popular choice for anniversary bands, but you may want to choose color gemstones that have special meaning for you.

One idea that many couples choose is for the wife to replace her wedding ring with an anniversary band If your wedding ring is somewhat plain, it might be fun to switch it out for a diamond anniversary band.

Another popular choice is an eternity ring: a simple band with diamonds and/or other stones set in a row (usually a channel) all the way around the band. 

The anniversary band can also be worn with the engagement and/or wedding ring.  You can either coordinate the diamonds with your engagement ring or choose color gemstones you love. If you only wear your diamond engagement ring for dressier occasions, a wedding ring or band would also look great stacked with an anniversary band for everyday wear.

You can even choose to wear your anniversary band on the opposite hand, either by itself as a statement piece, or complementing another favorite ring. Unlike wedding or engagement rings, an anniversary band may be worn on any finger.

By the way, placing a congratulatory or loving inscription on a ring is a romantic touch that acknowledges an anniversary.

An anniversary ring doesn’t have to replace your wedding band — unless you want it to. If you love your engagement ring and your wedding band and your new anniversary ring, wear them all together! For maximum versatility, it’s a good idea to make sure all three rings work together in metal, color and style, so you can wear all three, two together or just one. 

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