The engagement ring is, of course, destined to be joined by another ring on your wedding day and sit beside it for the rest of your life. So of course it’s vitally important that your two most significant pieces of jewellery should not only complement each other visually, but they also have to work together as a pair. Certain shapes of ring work well together, and some will almost certainly have to be altered or made or purchased from a diamond wedding and engagement ring specialist in order to find the design perfect for you and your engagement ring.
Nowadays, it is very easy to buy matching wedding sets where the jeweller has taken care to design a wedding band that complements but does not compete with the engagement ring. Bridal sets may even have similar decoration to pick up details of the engagement ring. For example, if the engagement ring has baguette side stones on the shoulders, the bridal band may be channel set with smaller baguettes for continuity. Buying one of these wedding sets is subject to the same rules of taste and budget that guide the purchase of an engagement ring.
Unless they have a particular alternative look or style in mind, most people choose a wedding ring in the same metal as the engagement ring. If your engagement ring is Platinum, it is likely you will look to choose a Platinum wedding band and if you and your fiancé have chosen, matching wedding bands in the same metal.
Metal chosen, the next consideration is band style.
This can be broken down into the three main styles.
The softly rounded ‘Court shaped’ band has a gently rounded exterior surface and is the most popular.
The domed ‘D-Shaped’ style has a more pronounced profile and is generally made in narrower widths.
The flat band has a (unsurprisingly) flat surface and sides; this is sometimes seen as a more masculine choice than the previous two and is a more contemporary design choice for men.
For the bride-to-be, generally speaking it is best to choose a wedding band in the same band style as the engagement ring.
Width of your wedding band is also governed by that of the engagement ring. Wedding bands are usually the same width or very slightly wider that the engagement ring. This also depends on whether you are looking at a gem set wedding ring or a plain band. We stock a wide range of widths from 2mm to 8mm.
The last choice is between a straight and a fitted (or curved) ring. Again, this will largely be determined by the shape of the engagement ring. If the collet, (setting) is high and does not protrude from the ring, then a straight wedding band can be worn next to it. However, with a low or protuberant setting, such as those seen on many halo type designs, this may not be possible.
The fitted ring has a slight curve which takes it out of the way of the engagement ring setting, but allows the rest of the ring to sit snugly alongside. The degree of the curve will depend on the setting on the engagement ring and can take into account solitaires or multiple stones. A slight curve will also ensure that if you are opting for a diamond set bridal band, that the stones will not be obscured by your engagement ring.
Our engagement ring and diamond experts will be delighted to guide you on how to build the perfect wedding set for an engagement ring, and they are available for live chat (online, on the phone or in person) 7 days a week. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org