How to Build the Ultimate Alliance Stack

You are not done buying jewelry once you have an engagement ring – you should always find a wedding ring to go with it before you exchange your vows. And if you’re like us, an alliance might not be enough. Enter: stacked wedding rings.

What is a stack of rings?

A ring stack is a set of multiple rings that sit or interlock in a group. This can include the engagement ring, wedding ring, and other additional rings. The wearer can add or change the bracelet to express their personal style or mark special occasions.

The ring stacks are like the modern insert, but with the possibility of changing different rings. Jewelry designer Anna Sheffield loves to create unique ring stacks for her clients: “I compare interlocking and stacking rings to tree rings. She has clients who add to the stacks to celebrate things like birthdays, the birth of a new child, Mother’s Day, a new job or a new promotion, or any other milestone to commemorate with a ring.

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A stack of rings also means that you can experiment and style your rings with different metals and stones. “For example, if you have a classic set of white diamond and white gold rings, but sometimes you want to be less traditional, you can mix different metal colors or even colored stones,” Sheffield explains.

Traditionally, there is one ring for engagement and one for marriage. “It would mean two rings forever, but it may not be enough,” Sheffield says. “So there is some stacking to be done!”

How to start

When it is time to choose which groups to build your stack, there are a few things Sheffield suggests to keep in mind. The size and shape of your engagement ring will affect which rings you can stack, which is why she created her specialized wedding suites with ring stacking in mind. “For example, you can layer a marquise or pear shaped ring with a compatible pointed shaped band, but these bands also look great with a classic round diamond.”

She also notes that with ring stacks, it’s best to try them on in person. If that’s not possible, her printable stacking guide makes it very easy to see what one of her nesting rings will look like next to your engagement ring.

Photo by Tyler Branch Photography

From adding bling to telling a story, layering multiple bands around your engagement ring really serves to bring that landmark piece to the fore.

Ring stacking faqs

Do you have questions about ring stacks? Here are the answers to the most common.

How many rings should be in a stack?

The short answer is the happier, the happier. “Start with three (including your engagement ring) and build a neatly organized stack until you run out of space between your hand and your knuckle,” says Sofia Kaman. Then switch to another finger! Adds Ylang 23’s Alysa Teichman, “I’m definitely a fan of odd numbers – three looks better than two, and five looks better than four.”

Can you mix metals? And the stones?

“Absolutely! Now more than ever, it’s about mixing metals, stone colors and shapes to add excitement to your stack,” says Emily Goldstein of EF Collection. Teichman agrees. Mixing metals and stones will add personality and make your stack different from others. It’s about buying and wearing things that make you happy, so if you want to pair a yellow gold family ring with one platinum engagement ring go for it! ”

Kaman recommends choosing a focal point to keep things cohesive. “If you choose yellow gold as the common thread, mix textures and stone colors but keep the metal to match. If you prefer mixed metals, stick to a single stone color like white or champagne to put it all together, ”she says.

What’s the best way to layer different styles?

Again, Kaman emphasizes that a theme is key. “You might like the texture or want to mix modern and vintage designs,” she says. “In this case, choose a single metal and play with the silhouettes. Part of the fun is seeing what each person has to offer when they express their individuality! Goldstein also likes a consistent element. “You can layer different styles in matching metal or stick with simple eternity bands and play with the finish to create interest.”

Teichman reminds brides to be gentle. “Don’t overthink the process! Different styles add interest, so try everything out. As you play around with shapes and sizes you will discover what feels good and what layers well on your hand.

What silhouettes or styles should brides look for?

Rings come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so what works best? Goldstein suggests starting with a classic base and building from there. “My three favorite silhouettes are the classic pavé band, a bezel set band and a baguette band,” she says. These rings all have smoother edges and similar profiles which Kaman loves. “Profile refers to the size or thickness of a band, how it feels between your fingers.”

Try to keep the profile similar on all of your rings to keep the overall balance.

For Teichman, it’s a puzzle. “The ideal is to find several groups of different shapes that fit together well, but there is no perfect stacking that works for all brides. We love them and sell them all, from thick and thin bands to curved bands and even those with hanging stones! ”

Is there a ringtone style that works best in a stack?

Kaman has three ways of answering this question: “If you want a big blingy look, go for an engagement ring with a raised setting. This will show the shine of your center stone and allow for a flush pile. If you prefer a lower cut and a more understated look, look for contoured bands that fit perfectly with the setting of the engagement ring. And if you want an eclectic, collected feel, mix and match the bottom brackets with straight bands. There will be negative space between the engagement ring and your band, which can be a design element in itself. For the third option, she recommends brides pay special attention, as rings can wear out where they rub against each other.

Look for a solitaire style engagement ring if you want to stack rings very easily. These are generally best suited for nesting bands.

Teichman prefers this funky, collected look, with spaces between the engagement ring and the bands while Goldstein has a whole other solution: wear your stack on your other hand! “Your engagement ring is the main event, so make a commitment to the one you love. Then create a stack that complements it without distracting, ”she says.

How should you buy a battery?

It’s about finding your options. “Find a store that has a wide range of stackable rings,” says Kaman. “You really have to experience trying them together in person! We are constantly amazed at the unexpected combinations and associations that emerge when people try out different options in the store. But don’t feel like you have to create an entire stack all at once. Teichman says, “When you build your stack over time, it saves you the trouble of immediately finding the perfect stack. We’re big supporters of mixing, leveling up over time, and wearing bracelets with or without your engagement ring.

James B. Helms