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How to Choose a Wedding Band to Match Your Engagement Ring

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Once you've found the perfect engagement ring, it'll probably feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders—one it's less very important item you can cross off your to-do list! But the ring hunt isn't over yet: it's time to choose a wedding band that complements your engagement ring.

Many engagement rings are not made by jewelry brands that also make matching wedding bands. It can be difficult to find a band that complements your ring, especially if it has an unusual center stone, a unique center stone cut, or a striking metal. Because these two rings will be worn together for the rest of your life, you want them to complement each other perfectly, like a match made in heaven.

That being said, there is a lot to think about and so many options to choose from. Brides spoke with jeweler Colleen Montague, who says that one of the most important things to remember is to keep the engagement ring as the center of attention. "Try to pick a wedding band that complements your engagement ring," she advises.

Everything you need to know about finding a wedding band that fits perfectly around your engagement ring is right here, along with our favorite ring combinations!

Metal Selection

Because wedding bands and engagement rings are traditionally made of the same metal, many people believe they must be made of the same metal. This is not correct. "Be inventive! "Don't be afraid to experiment with different metals and shapes," Montague advises. "Mixed metals can give a wedding set a very modern look."

Do you require some ideas or inspiration? "The most common combination is a white and yellow gold set, but don't limit yourself to what you like," Montague says. "Mixing white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold has proven to be really stunning," she says, explaining that adding yellow gold, for example, to a white gold engagement ring can make the set pop and look more unique.

Wedding Band Styles

After you've decided on a ring metal, you'll need to decide on a wedding band style. Consider whether you want a wedding band that sits flush against your engagement ring or if a small gap between the two is acceptable. This is usually determined by the setting of your engagement ring. A wedding band can sit snugly beneath the stone in a high-profile setting, such as a cathedral.

Traditional Wedding Bands

Choose a classic wedding band style if you don't want a gap between your two rings. There's the plain metal band with no extras; the eternity wedding band with pavé diamonds all around the band; and the channel-set wedding band for a unique way to mount diamonds.

Infinity wedding bands, which feature the infinity symbol throughout, are also popular, but they may not be flush with your engagement ring.

Wedding Bands on Tour

Perhaps the setting on your engagement ring isn't high enough for a band to sit beneath the center stone. With a contoured style, you can still get a band that sits flush against the ring.

A contoured wedding band is made to mimic the shape of your engagement ring. The band is shaped in the front to fit perfectly against the contours of your ring. It's very common, elegant, and appears entirely natural.

Wedding Bands with Notches

A notched wedding band is another option for a flush look. If a contoured band appears to be custom-made for your ring (which it very well could be! ), a notched wedding band appears to be a puzzle piece. It's completely straight until the front, where there's a notch to accommodate the stone.

Suggestions for Pairing

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to selecting the perfect wedding band and engagement ring set. You can choose a classic and traditional look with the same metals and simple bands, or you can go for something more unique and modern, such as mixed metals or a band with embellishments.

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