How To Pick A Wedding Ring You'll Be Obsessed With Forever
April 1, 2023
Find the Ring of Your Dreams With Our Quick and Painless Style Guide to Women’s Wedding Bands
Spring is in the air and wedding bells are ringing: you and your partner have decided to tie the knot. It’s exciting, but you’ve got lots of details to sort out before the big day. First and foremost, you have to select your wedding bands!
When it comes to wedding bands there are so many beautiful options to choose from. Each has its own history and meaning. But with so many choices, it can be difficult to sort out what exactly fits your style. Thankfully, the experts at Dean’s Jewelry have plenty of experience to help you select the pair of wedding bands that are right for you and your partner.
The major components of a wedding band are metal, gemstones, and shape, all of which play into both the band's aesthetics and its meaning. Here, we'll break down these components and give you some more information on your options. Regardless of your style, we know you’ll find something here to catch your eye.
Gold or Platinum: the Great Debate
For most wedding ring shoppers, when it comes to metals there are two clear frontrunners: gold and platinum. Neither metal will tarnish, and both have high luster, saturated color, and brilliant beauty. Ultimately, it comes down to preference, but we’ve got some tips to help you decide which suits you best.
Gold wedding bands are the classic symbol of enduring love. Gold is one of the most highly valued metals, and has been throughout history. Gold is prized for its striking color, shine, and its ability to endure time without corrosion or tarnish.
Gold rings come in different colors, running the spectrum from pinkish-red rose gold wedding bands to silvery white gold wedding bands, allowing for more color variation than platinum. However, yellow gold wedding bands are still the most common.
The only downside is that pure gold is malleable and fragile. Therefore, wedding bands are made from gold alloys rather than pure gold. Gold alloy is the term for a mixture of gold and other, more durable metals such as copper or silver. Gold will take on a different color depending on which metal (and what quantity of that metal) it is mixed with.
Platinum wedding bands are a cut above. Platinum is by far the most precious metal, and its price point reflects this. However, what you get for that dollar amount is perhaps the most alluring metal on the market. It’s also more durable than most gold alloys, making it tougher than other precious metals.
Ice, Ice Baby
Sparkle addicts rejoice: if you love the brilliance and flair of a diamond, then these wedding bands are right up your alley. For many years, it was traditional to choose an understated wedding ring and let the stones on your engagement ring take center stage. However, many modern trends focus on maximizing your diamonds.
Eternity Wedding Bands
This style puts a row of diamonds into the band of your ring. The row of diamonds creates a strong focal point, and can extend halfway or all the way around the ring. Commonly the number of stones has some symbolism with your relationship, or could just represent how much you love diamonds. This is certainly the most striking way to incorporate diamonds into your wedding bands.
Pavé Wedding Bands
This style also gives you a diamond studded look, albeit a slightly subtler one, by arranging tiny diamonds in alternating rows. The effect is meant to resemble a cobbled road or paved path. In fact, ‘pavé’ comes from the French word meaning 'road.’ These bands are a great way to capture the idea that while the road may be bumpy it’ll always be a path lined with diamonds. It’s the perfect look for those who always want more diamonds.
Brighten It Up With Some Gemstones
Who says diamonds are the end-all, be-all of bridal jewelry? These days, more and more brides are opting to include gemstones in their engagement rings, wedding bands, or both!
Add a pop of color to your bridal set with a gemstone wedding band. The stones in gemstone wedding rings can be set in the same styles as diamonds can, including the pavé style. Alternate between colorful gemstones and white diamonds for eye-catching contrast, or buck tradition with an all-gemstone wedding band. Sapphire wedding bands have been particularly trendy among modern brides.
Keep in mind that you will be wearing your wedding ring every day–so be certain to choose a durable gemstone which can withstand all of that daily wear and tear. Though diamonds are the hardest stones out there, rubies, emeralds and sapphires are all tough enough to wear every day. With the right gemstone, you'll be showing off your unique wedding ring for the rest of your life!!
Battle of the Bands
A great way to add a little flair to your wedding band is to tweak the band shape itself. While the classic unbroken circle is still the ultimate symbol of continuing love, new variations have added both meaning and style to the traditional wedding band. We picked a few of the hottest trending looks that add a little something to the band itself.
Chevron Wedding Bands
The Chevron Engagement ring, takes the traditional circle and adds a point, which is meant to symbolize hope, a fresh start, and a new beginning. The tweak adds a bit of visual interest to your ring and also makes a great pairing if you have a triangle cut stone in your engagement ring. It’s a simple but meaningful update to a longstanding tradition. Plus, it’s very visually striking.
Contour Wedding Bands
Contour wedding bands have a meandering, wavy shape. They capture the idea that your relationship may walk a winding path, but a beautiful and fulfilling one nonetheless.
When your engagement ring has the same contour shape, the paired effect unites your rings. They seem to almost hug together on your finger. It’s classy, cohesive, and very cute.
Stacking Wedding Bands
The phrase 'stackable wedding rings' has a few potential meanings. First, it can refer to a wedding band with interlocking components for easily adding more rings. It can also mean a single ring designed to look like several rings in a stack. Finally, it can refer to delecate single bands that can be easily mixed and matched to create a curated stack.
Stacking wedding bands let you get creative and add more or different gemstones, metals, or colorations. The obvious bonus is that it's easy to add to ring stacks over time, so you can keep adding flair to your bridal set. You can even add rings to celebrate milestone moments in your relationship!
Custom Wedding Rings
If you can’t find the perfect wedding band in a store, a custom jeweler can craft it for you! Custom jewelry design is perfect for a person with specific tastes. Custom wedding bands are made to order, which lets you play designer and make all of the decisions.
Between the jeweler’s capabilities and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. You can even get a matching set with a custom men's wedding band and a custom women's wedding band! Take your vision to a full service jeweler like Dean's Jewelry and let a talented team bring it to life through custom design.
The Wonderful World of Wedding Bands
There you have it: our rundown on wedding band basics. From metal types and colors to band shapes, you have plenty to consider. Though there's plenty more to explore out there, we hope that you saw something here that piqued your interest. If you are looking for more styles, want to discuss custom wedding bands, or have questions about what you read here, come into Dean's Jewelry and we can help find the perfect ring for you.