Guide To Stacking Engagement Rings

Looking for a unique engagement ring look? Find out everything you need to know to nail the stacked engagement rings trend with this complete guide.

By Deanna deBara

Guide To Stacking Engagement Rings
Photo by Libby Neder Photography

The First Look ✨

  • Layering multiple rings— including your engagement ring, wedding band, and other rings— is a huge trend right now in the world of wedding jewelry.
  • You can choose different ring sizes, shapes, and styles to create a ring stack that reflects your own personal style.
  • The whole fun of ring stacks is mixing and matching rings—but make sure to tie your stack together with an overarching visual element.

There are plenty of people out there who embrace the traditional, classic engagement ring look. But there’s also plenty of people that don’t—and if you’re one of the latter, one wedding jewelry trend that should be on your radar is stacked engagement rings.

Embracing the stacked engagement ring trend (also known as a “ring stack”) is a great way to showcase your ring, showcase your wedding style, and create a look that feels completely and uniquely you.

But what, exactly, is a stackable ring set? What are the different options for stacking engagement rings? And what do you need to know to pull this trend off—and ensure that your engagement ring look feels unique, on-trend, and true to you and your style?

What Is the Stacking Engagement Rings Trend?

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First things first—before we jump into how to nail the stacking engagement ring trend, let’s quickly cover what we mean when we say “stacking engagement rings.”

The stackable ring trend is all about creating a ring stack—a set of multiple rings that are grouped. A ring stack can include engagement rings, wedding bands, and any other ring or band that strikes the wearer’s fancy. Your ring stack can also be confined to your ring finger or extend to the surrounding fingers for a more detailed, elaborate look.

The best part about a ring stack is that, other than the engagement ring and/or wedding band, you can easily swap out the other rings in your stack when your style changes, when you want to match the vibe of a specific outfit or occasion, when you want to mark a special occasion, when you get bored and want to switch things up, or, really, for any reason at all. The stacking ring trend is insanely versatile and flexible—making it a great way to incorporate your style into your engagement ring.

What Are Some of the Different Ring Stack Styles?

As mentioned, ring stacks are super versatile, and no matter what your style, you can translate that style into a ring stack.

Some of the most popular styles for stacking engagement rings include:

  • Understated. If you want your engagement ring to take center stage, pair it with more delicate, understated bands.
  • Chunky. Pairing your engagement ring with larger, chunkier pieces makes for a bold ring stack that reads as daring and high fashion.
  • Vintage. If you have a vintage engagement ring, pairing it with other vintage-inspired rings and bands can help you complete your timeless look.
  • Mixed metals. You can certainly build a ring stack with one metal as a focal point, but if you want to add visual interest, try mixing metals (such as white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold).
  • Mixed stones. The same goes for stones. If you have a diamond engagement ring, try adding other stones to your stacks—such as sapphire, ruby, or emerald—to add a pop of color.

What Are Some Best Practices for Creating an On-Trend Stack?

Thinking about embracing the stackable band trend—and creating a ring stack on your hand? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the perfect stack:

  • An odd number of rings tends to look better than an even number. Generally, having an odd number of rings in your stack tends to look more purposeful than an even number. So, when you’re building your stack, try to lean towards odd numbers (for example, three rings vs. two rings, or seven rings vs. six rings).
  • Your rings don’t have to match—but they should go together. Your rings don’t have to be super “matchy-matchy”—but if you want your stack to look like a set (and not like you threw on a bunch of random rings before you headed out the door), they should go together in some way. Find a visual element to tie your rings together.
  • Your entire finger is fair game. Traditionally, you wear your ring in between the top of your hand and your knuckle—but when you’re building your ring stack, feel free to have fun with it and incorporate rings that sit above the knuckle.
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  • Start small and build your way up. If you’re not used to wearing a lot of jewelry, building a ring stack with your engagement ring, wedding band, and five other rings can feel like a lot. Start small, and as you get used to having multiple rings on your finger (or fingers), slowly add more bands until you build the stack that feels right for you.

The stacking engagement rings trend is a great way to express your style and showcase your engagement ring. And now that you know how to build the ring stack that feels true to you and your style, all that’s left to do is get out there, choose your rings, and get stacking.

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