You’re engaged! You have the most beautiful engagement ring! As you plan your wedding, there will be a time to choose wedding bands together! So exciting!
There are in fact two big choices here. Choice one is what type of band will you pick to accompany your engagement ring? Choice two is what type of band will your spouse pick? His and Hers or totally different?
Back to basics
There are three greater categories of wedding rings that apply to women and men being plain, diamond, and gemstone.
A plain wedding ring refers to a metal band that does not have any gemstones, but may have other embellishment. Plain rings also come in a variety of finishes and fits. The fit refers to how the ring rests on the finger and how high off the finger it extends. A comfort fit ring has a more rounded inner edge and a low dome ring has less of a rounded crest. Men should opt for the comfort fit, they are often more busy with their hands in harsher environments and a comfortable and durable wedding band will last.
A diamond wedding ring can be an eternity band, with diamonds completely encircling it, or an anniversary band with diamonds partly encircling it. Diamond wedding rings come in a variety of settings including channel, shared prong, bar, pavé, bezel, and flush mount.
Gemstone bands are most typically comprised of sapphire and diamond, but can include any gemstone you wish.
Diamonds are always set in platinum or gold. Those two metals are strong and durable enough to protect and secure that precious stone.
Able to withstand corrosion and oxidation, platinum is a naturally white metal that develops a lovely patina over time that can be buffed back to a shine if desired. This metal keeps its colour.
Most commonly yellow, gold can also be white or rose-colored when mixed with different alloys. White gold is lined with rhodium, an extremely strong metal that helps maintain the white tone. Over time however, the rhodium may erode leaving a discolouration to the ring.
Extremely hard and scratch-resistant, cobalt is also hypoallergenic and comes in two tarnish-free finishes: black and white.
Rare, lightweight, and hypoallergenic, palladium is an extremely durable white metal that will not tarnish.
Highly scratch and tarnish resistant, tungsten is the heaviest of the three alternative metals and comes in three colours: grey, white, and black.
Choosing the perfect band to complement your engagement ring really depends on your tastes and the type of look you go for. This could be a perfect match, complimentary or completely different and unmatched.
What is a Perfect Match?
When the size of the diamonds along the shank, prong style and metal of the engagement and wedding rings are visually the same they are considered a perfect match.
What is a Complementary Match?
A complementary match refers to a wedding ring that flatters the engagement ring it’s paired with rather than matching it perfectly.
What is a Mismatch?
A mismatch refers to pairing two completely different rings together. For example a rose gold wedding band with a platinum diamond ring.
Once your mind is made up on which of the 3 types of bands will best suit your engagement ring, it is time to think about his! Will you guys match, compliment or mismatch?
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