You have purchased a striking engagement ring, pulled off a perfect proposal, and learned a lot in the process. Now it is ‘the’ time to set your sight on the wedding band. Start here with these handy tips.
The key categories of wedding bands include the classic plain and gemstone studded with diamond or other gemstones.
The classic wedding band refers to a plain metal band that does not have any gemstones. However, it may feature other fascinating embellishments such as contrasting metal or milgrain inlay. Classic wedding bands also come in an array of finishes like brushed, hammered and fits. Referring to how it rests on the finger or how high it extends, fit of a ring is a crucial element before you decide on the perfect ring. A comfort fit wedding band has more rounded inner edge while a low dome band has less of the rounded crest.
A diamond wedding band can be an eternity band – with diamonds partly or completely encircling the entire band. In diamond wedding bands, you can explore a wide selection of shank setting choices, including shared prong, pavé, bezel,bar, channel, and flush mount.
Wedding bands also incorporate other gemstones – with the typical choices being sapphire, emerald, ruby, colored diamonds, and even combinations of these diverse gemstones.
Wedding bands are popular in traditional metals like platinum, gold and comparatively newer introductions like palladium, tungsten, and cobalt. Gold in all its different shades like classic yellow, modern white, and chic rose has sustained its attractiveness over the years. Platinum and gold are undoubtedly the two most chosen alternatives when it comes to wedding bands. In case you are investing in a diamond wedding band, opting for these two metals is the safest decision as they are durable and strong enough to secure and protect the precious stone.
Complementary or Matching?
If you have been planning to find the wedding band that beautifully balances the existing engagement ring, you have to take another decision. Do you primarily want the wedding band to simply complement the ring or want a perfect match? A perfect match is when the prong style, size of the diamonds on the shank, metal, and in some cases, even the curvature of the engagement ring and wedding band are visually similar. In a complementary match, the wedding band exquisitely flatters the engagement ring when paired rather than perfectly matching it.
Finally, of course, these are simply guidelines. Whichever wedding band you choose is the ideal one for you.