Although the bling on the engagement ring usually takes center stage, finding the right wedding band is just as important. Depending on your preferences, your band can either complement your existing sparkler or stand on its own.
The Metal Band
A traditional metal band with no gemstones is typically made of platinum, 18k, 14k white, yellow, or rose gold. Titanium and stainless steel are two alternatives. Platinum is the most popular metal for this look. It is not only the shiniest metal, but it also develops a beautiful patina with age, which can be buffed away to restore the original shine without rubbing down the metal.
The Pavé Band
An encrusted band in which the diamonds are "set into the metal in any pattern," according to Bonneville Barden.
An eternity band is characterized by identically sized diamonds that go around the entire ring as a symbol of eternity.
The two most common eternity band styles are shared prong setting and channel setting. In a shared prong set band, the two stones that sit next to each other share a prong and from the side, the prongs form the shape of the letter 'u.' The diamond is exposed from the top and sides, giving this style a lot of sparkle. In a channel set eternity band, the diamonds lay side by side within a metal channel that forms the sides of the ring.
While shared prong eternity bands and channel set eternity bands are two of the most popular styles, you have many other options. Eternity bands can be set in a variety of ways—any diamond cut available in an engagement ring, from round brilliant to cushion to emerald, can be used in an eternity band.
A shared prong set eternity band complements classic engagement rings and adds a touch of glimmer to the look. A channel set eternity band has a more modern appearance and complements channel set engagement rings best.
Is Ideal For...
The eternity band truly has something for everyone with so many options. It's also a great option for brides who want to wear their wedding band without their engagement ring. An eternity band can range in total diamond weight from less than one carat to more than ten carats. It is certainly capable of making a statement on its own.
The diamonds go halfway around the ring, similar to an eternity band.
Any type of engagement ring—the key is to keep the settings consistent to give the set a cohesive feel.
Is Ideal For...
Brides who want the classic look of an eternity band but don't want the bulk of diamonds between their fingers and on the inside of their hand.
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