Building a Ring Stack

From bottom to top: 12mm Davidson,  2mm Mitla , 2mm Highsmith,  Thetis  bands,  Black Diamond Thetis ,  Ridge  ring, Cape, Diamond McLeod,  Diamond Granite ,  4mm Granite , custom  Diamond Orb , 2mm Mitla,  Champagne Diamond Grand Pré ,  Terence ,  Ridge ,  2mm Diamond Rope , Fuller,  3mm Highsmith  and Oaxaca rings in sterling silver, 14k yellow, rose and white gold.

From bottom to top: 12mm Davidson, 2mm Mitla, 2mm Highsmith, Thetis bands, Black Diamond Thetis, Ridge ring, Cape, Diamond McLeod, Diamond Granite, 4mm Granite, custom Diamond Orb, 2mm Mitla, Champagne Diamond Grand Pré, Terence, Ridge, 2mm Diamond Rope, Fuller, 3mm Highsmith and Oaxaca rings in sterling silver, 14k yellow, rose and white gold.

I have always loved rings. When I was little, I borrowed them from my mom’s jewelry box and bought them at thrift stores and second hand shops. In high school, my art teacher Mrs. Robinson set up a jewelry work table in the art room and I learned how to make my own rings in metal. A few more classes and many years later, I’m still making them, and wearing them all the time!

how to build a ring stack

I get asked about ring stacking a lot - from how to build a stack, to which rings go with other rings, to how to choose a wedding band that fits well with an engagement ring. In general, my response is always a version of “there are no rules and wear whatever you want”. This is pretty much my motto when it comes to most things. But there are a few things to know that might be helpful when it comes to choosing rings. I’m going to share some of those here.

From top to bottom:  Terence , Maestro, Beacon,  Thetis , custom 1.5mm Mitla and  Diamond Petit Pré  rings in 14k yellow gold.

From top to bottom: Terence, Maestro, Beacon, Thetis, custom 1.5mm Mitla and Diamond Petit Pré rings in 14k yellow gold.

Since rings are my favorite, there are more rings than anything else in the collection. When I shoot photographs for new collections, I try to get photographs of the rings on a hand, in a few different combinations, so that you can see what a ring might look like on it’s own and with another ring. But with so many rings, and so many different combinations possible, I can never get them all. So I take a lot of ring stack “hand selfies” for folks to help them decide what combinations they like best. Over the years, I’ve built up quite a pile of these photos, and I thought that I’d archive some of them here, so that you can also see what different ring stacks look like together.

Two different ways to build a stack featuring a custom Teardrop Moonstone ring. The  Ridge  in 14k yellow gold,  Cerro in 18k white gold , a custom Moonstone Teardrop ring in 14k yellow gold,  White Diamond Terence in 14k yellow gold  and a 2mm McLeod cuff ring in 14k rose gold.

Two different ways to build a stack featuring a custom Teardrop Moonstone ring. The Ridge in 14k yellow gold, Cerro in 18k white gold, a custom Moonstone Teardrop ring in 14k yellow gold, White Diamond Terence in 14k yellow gold and a 2mm McLeod cuff ring in 14k rose gold.

The custom teardrop moonstone ring with the  2mm Breakwater , Diamond McLeod, and  2mm Diamond Rope  rings in all 14k yellow gold.

The custom teardrop moonstone ring with the 2mm Breakwater, Diamond McLeod, and 2mm Diamond Rope rings in all 14k yellow gold.

Most of these ring stacking photos are just taken on my camera phone, wherever I can find some good light. It’s a bit awkward to photograph hands, but still easier than trying to draw them.

From bottom to top: plain  Rope ring ,  Katherine Sapphire ,  3mm Alcott , Grand Pré Opal,  2mm Alcott  and 5mm Beacon Moonstone ring, all 14k yellow gold.

From bottom to top: plain Rope ring, Katherine Sapphire, 3mm Alcott, Grand Pré Opal, 2mm Alcott and 5mm Beacon Moonstone ring, all 14k yellow gold.

If you have rings with bezel-set stones like the above picture, you might want the rings that you wear with them to be able to slide underneath the stone. If so, you want to pay attention to the ring thickness. By this, I mean the thickness that you feel between your fingers. Most of my rings are between 1mm-1.5mm thick, but there are a handful that are a little bit thicker than that. If you have a ring with a larger stone in a bezel, like those pictured above, and you want the band(s) sitting next to it to be able to slide under the bezel-set stone, then you want to get a band that is the same thickness or less than the band with the stone.

For example, in the above picture here are the measurements for each ring left to right:

The Rope ring is 2mm wide and 1.8mm thick. The Katherine Sapphire ring is on a 2mm wide and 1mm thick band. The 3mm Alcott ring is a half round band measuring 3mm wide and 1.5mm thick. The Grand Pré Opal ring is on a round band measuring 1.25mm thick. The 2mm Alcott is a 2mm wide and 1.5mm thick band. The 5mm Beacon Moonstone ring is on a 1.5mm thick square band.

So if you were wearing the 5mm Beacon Moonstone ring, any band measuring 1.5mm or less would easily slide under the bezel. The woman I took these photos for ended up going for the 5mm Beacon Moonstone with the plain Rope ring and they look great together.

Because the Grand Pré Opal ring and the Katherine ring are on slightly thinner bands, if they were worn with the half round Alcott bands in the picture and/or the Rope ring, they would sit next to the bands, instead of the band sliding under the bezel set stone.

If you wanted to wear the Grand Pré Opal ring with the 2mm Alcott ring you could special-order the Alcott as a slightly thinner band, 1.25 mm thick instead of 1.5mm thick, or get the Grand Pré Opal ring on a slightly thicker band (1.5mm instead of 1.25mm), or you could wear a thinner band in between as a spacer, like the skinny Thetis rings, the Terence band, or a Highsmith band.

The  Ridge , 2 mm Granite ,  2mm Breakwater ,  2mm Mitla  and Opal Grand Pré,

The Ridge, 2mm Granite, 2mm Breakwater, 2mm Mitla and Opal Grand Pré,

Personally I love mixing ring textures and shapes, like the above stack.

how to build a ring stack

I also love mixing gold and silver, either in the stack itself, or in the rings that I wear altogether. Usually I wear my wedding bands next to a wider silver ring like the Davidson 12mm or the Carson 12mm.

More mixed metal, a custom 14k white gold Diamond Beacon ring with a sterling silver  Ridge  band

More mixed metal, a custom 14k white gold Diamond Beacon ring with a sterling silver Ridge band

A sweet bracelet and ring stack. The  Mitla 8mm  cuff with the Pontchartrain Thin and Extra Thin Pontchartrain bangles, worn with a  4mm Atalaya ,  4mm Granite  and  3mm Diamond Rope  rings.

A sweet bracelet and ring stack. The Mitla 8mm cuff with the Pontchartrain Thin and Extra Thin Pontchartrain bangles, worn with a 4mm Atalaya, 4mm Granite and 3mm Diamond Rope rings.

More texture mixing with the  Plain Rope  ring,  Petit Diamond Pré  and  2mm Highsmith  band in 14k yellow gold.

More texture mixing with the Plain Rope ring, Petit Diamond Pré and 2mm Highsmith band in 14k yellow gold.

The  2mm Mitla ,  Champagne Diamond Grand Pré  and  2mm Breakwater  rings in 14k yellow gold.

The 2mm Mitla, Champagne Diamond Grand Pré and 2mm Breakwater rings in 14k yellow gold.

The  2mm Mitla ,  Oaxaca Diamond  and  2mm Highsmith  rings in 14k yellow gold.

The 2mm Mitla, Oaxaca Diamond and 2mm Highsmith rings in 14k yellow gold.

The  2mm Mitla ,  2mm Breakwater  in 14k yellow gold with the  3mm Diamond Highsmith  in 14k rose gold.

The 2mm Mitla, 2mm Breakwater in 14k yellow gold with the 3mm Diamond Highsmith in 14k rose gold.

The  2mm Mitla ,  Diamond Oaxaca  and  2mm Breakwater  rings all in 14k yellow gold.

The 2mm Mitla, Diamond Oaxaca and 2mm Breakwater rings all in 14k yellow gold.

This edgy ring stack features the  4mm Diamond Highsmith  band, the Cape, and the Diamond McLeod ring in 14k yellow gold

This edgy ring stack features the 4mm Diamond Highsmith band, the Cape, and the Diamond McLeod ring in 14k yellow gold

This stack mixes sterling silver, 14k rose and yellow gold with the  2mm Diamond Highsmit h,  Diamond Granite  ,  Black Diamond Thetis , Fuller, 3 mm Diamond Highsmith  and  Alexandrine rings .

This stack mixes sterling silver, 14k rose and yellow gold with the 2mm Diamond Highsmith, Diamond Granite , Black Diamond Thetis, Fuller, 3mm Diamond Highsmith and Alexandrine rings.

This Moonstone stack features the  Terence ,  2mm Breakwater,  Beacon Moonstone,  2mm Breakwater ,  2mm Mitla , 5mm Beacon Moonstone and  Ridge  rings.

This Moonstone stack features the Terence, 2mm Breakwater, Beacon Moonstone, 2mm Breakwater, 2mm Mitla, 5mm Beacon Moonstone and Ridge rings.

If you plan on wearing multiple rings with stones, it can also be nice to have some plain or textured bands in between them as spacers. The texture on the plain bands can really highlight the stones in the stack.

And if you’re planning for a really tall stack of rings, you may want some of the rings to be a little bit looser. This can also be a great way to wear a ring that might be a little too big to wear all on its own. If the ring on top is smaller and fits snugly, it will keep the rest of the rings in place.

I sent this amazing set of stacking rings off to Sojourn in Michigan last summer. It featured a mix of 14k yellow, rose and white gold bands, including the plain  Thetis ,  Sapphire Thetis ,  White Diamond Thetis , Maestro, Thetis Em and  Opal Thetis  rings.

I sent this amazing set of stacking rings off to Sojourn in Michigan last summer. It featured a mix of 14k yellow, rose and white gold bands, including the plain Thetis, Sapphire Thetis, White Diamond Thetis, Maestro, Thetis Em and Opal Thetis rings.

As I said at the beginning of this post, there are no rules. You can wear anything you like together. The most important thing is to have fun with it! And it’s never too late to add a ring to your stack.

Also, if there are rings that you’d love to see photographed together, leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it to this post or share it on Instagram. And if you’ve got a great ring stack going, I’d love to see it! Send me a pic to rebecca@rebeccamirgrady.com

From bottom to top: the  2mm Mitla ,  2mm Granite , 5mm Beacon Moonstone,  2mm Breakwater ,  Ridge ,  5mm Alcott ,  5mm Diamond Alcott , Grand Pré Opal and  Diamond Petit Pré  all in 14k yellow gold.

From bottom to top: the 2mm Mitla, 2mm Granite, 5mm Beacon Moonstone, 2mm Breakwater, Ridge, 5mm Alcott, 5mm Diamond Alcott, Grand Pré Opal and Diamond Petit Pré all in 14k yellow gold.