In the ancient story of love coming full circle, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring to signify their engagement in 1477. The gesture and influential style of adding a ring to the wedding band (a tradition that predates it by some 5,500 years) spread quickly to his inner circles, and the rest of the world wasn’t far behind. Later on, families in Scandinavia added another ring for motherhood.
And the trend shows no signs of stopping.
“More and more women are favoring layered and stacked wedding bands,” said Amy Graham Hughes, Marketing Director at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. “They are quickly becoming a unique and beautiful way to express personal style, sentiment, and love.”
Emerging and established designers have given brides plenty to choose from with variations in gems, metals, and styles. “How you stack your bands is just important as which bands you choose,” said Hughes. “For a more cohesive look, decide on one type of metal like gold or rose gold. Usually, sticking with one particular designer helps create a more purposeful look, but we have had success mixing and matching. It just depends on the style you are looking for and the story you’d like to tell.”
Most brides select one or two of the narrow diamond bands to flank their engagement ring on the day of their wedding, choosing to add to their collection as they celebrate special occasions, anniversaries, and family moments. Additional bands can include children’s gemstones, heirloom metals, as well as diamonds and stones from the bands of other family members.
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry features several stackable engagement bands, including designs by the coveted Penny Preville. “With so many to choose from, it’s best to start early to give yourself time to find the best stackable wedding bands for your style,” adds Hughes. “We’ll help you achieve the trending look you want in the most timeless way possible.”
“My goal is to keep designing pieces that will make a woman look and feel fabulous,” says award-winning designer Penny Preville, who intertwines her timeless design into modern and trending pieces. Full of robust femininity, Penny Preville designs anchor the latest exciting gems and metals with a sensibility that is both understated and eye-catching; once her pieces catch your attention, you’ll have a difficult time looking away. Celebrities are drawn to her collections for the same reason the rest of us are, because we love the way her pieces make us feel.