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by Jesús Zabala - 5 min read

What Is a Stacking Ring?

In many cultures worldwide, rings have long been prized for their aesthetic appeal and symbolic significance. And you have probably heard of ring stacking, an evergreen trend that never goes out of style. But what is a stacking ring exactly, and how can you level up your ring stacking game like a pro?

This article will cover all the stacking ring essentials and reveal valuable tips and tricks. We will help you make an astounding ring stack and wear it like a true fashion guru.

Let’s start and learn how to wear stacked rings as well!

What Is a Stacking Ring
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What Is a Stacking Ring?

Stacking rings are worn on top of each other, on one or multiple fingers. They are also known as stackable or stacked rings and are often layered together according to size, design, and shape.

What kind of rings can you stack?

Picking a base ring and building a stack around it makes ring stacking easier and more fun. Any ring can be a base ring as long as you feel like wearing it and making it the centerpiece of the stack.

When picking a base ring, discover which types suit your sensibility. Cocktail rings, chunky rings, eye-catching diamonds, and gemstones all look astonishing in the spotlight.

Likewise, you can build a stack around your engagement and wedding bands. You can combine them on your ring finger and accent them with other subtle bands on the other fingers.

There are no rules regarding the types of rings you can stack. You can stack skinny, minimal bands and unique shapes, get imaginative with metals and textures, or play with different gemstone meanings and colors. As long as you wear it with pleasure, any type of ring can be a stacking ring. 

How many fingers should you stack?

When ring stacking, we advise you to leave at least one bare finger on each hand, preferably the thumb or the pinky. Additionally, choosing an uneven number of fingers with stacked rings adds balance, so three, five, and seven fingers out of 10 are the best choice when stacking. 

Just remember not to pile too many rings on one finger and to play with asymmetry by arranging different stacks on distinct heights of the fingers. In the end, everything comes down to personal comfort.

Find out if you want to go for a striking and audacious tone with up to nine fingers. Alternatively, decide whether you prefer gentleness and subtleness with three to five fingers stacked with rings. 

How Many Fingers Should You Stack?
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How many rings should you stack?

The number of rings per finger varies based on the length of your fingers and the space between your finger knuckles. The golden rule about the number of rings per stack is to avoid creating a muffin top and let your blood flow.

Minimalist ring stacks are considered those that combine two to three rings per finger. By comparison, maximalist stacks are those with four or more rings per finger, as long as there's space. Moreover, positioning the rings as triangles, which don't have to be symmetrical, creates the most appealing ring stacks. 

To explain, you can wear a low stack on the left, a high stack in the middle, and a low stack on the right. In distinction, you can always put three to four rings on the middle finger and add a single ring on both the index and the thumb.

Does stacking rings damage them?

If you don’t position the rings correctly and if you mix too many textures and metals, then yes, stacking can damage them. In contrast, the risk of damage is minimal when you create your look slowly and carefully and combine suitable materials and designs. 

When stacking rings, we suggest seeking and combining stronger metals of the same or similar type. It can lessen the wear when rings rub against each other. Plus, allow gaps between the rings. This ring-stacking tip can enhance and underline your look further and will also prevent ring damage in the long run. 

How to Build a Ring Stack

1. Find the right size

Finding the correct ring size for the finger you are stacking on is paramount. When you are stacking rings, remember that all of your fingers and their distinct parts have different ring sizes. 

Ring sizing can help you pick the sizes of all the rings, as they may differ. Put differently, if the first ring is true to your ring size, the second and the third ring may be a quarter or half a size up, allowing for a more relaxed fit.  

2. Pick a metal 

It's crucial to choose a metal and color that complements your skin tone, outfit, and other jewelry pieces. Stackable rings can be found in various metals and colors, so it’s vital to know where to start.

You can create a stack, all themed in the same color and metal, or mix different metals to create a contrast. When you decide to mix, we recommend picking a base metal color and integrating it with a contrasting shade. Strive to mix up to two colors on different fingers, close to each other, allowing the overall look to be noticed.

3. Get personal

You should choose rings that have meaning and appeal to you, regardless of whether they are up to date with the newest trends. Stacking rings hold a different level of personalization, and you can add everything you find significant, elegant, soulful, and unique to your stack. 

Ring stacks represent you, your emotions, personality, mood, and perspective, and that’s why they are an art form. As long as you are true to yourself and allow your imagination to flow, the stack will look beautiful and genuine.

Get Personal
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So, what is a stacking ring? Any ring that finds itself in a stack that is fabulously arranged on your fingers. We hope that you have uncovered the basics of ring stacking and that you are ready to build your first ring stack thanks to this helpful article.

Just have confidence and recall everything we discussed here. Once you get going, you will be able to create a plethora of ring-stacking looks for every occasion.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.