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Wedding Bands and Rings

Many of the same considerations for engagement rings come into play for wedding rings and bands. Men and women have slightly different concerns since often women will be wearing the wedding ring next to the engagement ring and have to match the two ring styles together-- also called a wedding set. Many men have not worn much jewelry and are concerned with wedding band comfort. Some women choose a wedding band with the intention of wearing it only when they travel and are not wearing the engagement ring. Some couples design matching wedding bands. Some design specific bands that appeal to their own sense of style.






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Consideration of the Engagement Ring
 


Determining what wedding ring style will best blend with the engagement ring is largely subjective. I generally ask myself questions of visual balance.

Will the wedding band complement the engagement ring?
Should it be of equal size?
Should the design be all metal or include accent gemstones?
Will the rings be worn both alone and together?









 

Comfort

For most men, the ultimate concern is comfort. Depending on the band style, contouring the inside of the ring with a slightly rounded edge, or comfort fit, is ideal. The width of the ring can also make a difference. 6mm is a comfortable width for most men. For larger men, a wider band can look balanced on the hand and still feel very comfortable. For a more minimal band feeling on the finger,
a narrow band width always helps.For men who dislike the feel of a ring on the finger, a narrow width band is also preferable.

For women, the most important consideration for comfort is that the rings not extend too far along the finger between the hand and the knuckle. This is particularly important when adding wedding bands next to a large engagement ring.

Ring Size

A basic fundamental of any ring is its size. The standard ring size for women is 6. For men, it is 9. Ring sizes can be listed in full, half, and quarter sizes. They can also be listed as tight and loose versions of whole sizes: tight 6, loose 7, etc. They should be custom sized to fit the finger comfortably.

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Metal Option


Of the precious metals, for men, 14 karat yellow and white gold will wear the best. Platinum will get more nicks and scratches but retain its bright white color. It also has a very nice heft that appeals to many men. Since wedding rings are subject to all of the rigors of daily wear, any ring will develop its own natural texture of scratches and sheen over time. The harder the wear, the greater the 'dings.' Dings go with the territory of wearing a band everyday.



For most women, the metal of the engagement ring will dictate the metal of the wedding band. It is also important to consider the rubbing of one ring against another if a wedding band is combined with an engagement ring. If the two rings are continually worn together, they may wear each other down. Welding, or soldering, the two at the bottom to keep them fixed in place is a common solution for this.

These are the common metal choices for wedding bands. Please see the engagement ring section on METALS for additional information.

A. Gold

1.Yellow Gold (14K, 18K, and higher karatage golds)
2.White Gold

B. Platinum

C. Titanium and Stainless Steel


 

Titanium

Titanium wedding bands are great for men who want their bands to feel very lightweight. After all, this same metal is used in parts for space travel since it is durable and light. This also gives titanium bands an element of tool. There are many different styles to titanium wedding bands. Some of the titanium bands are all titanium; others include details or stripes of the precious metals like gold or platinum.

Stainless steel- much like titanium
Note*** One factor to keep in mind is that titanium bands cannot be resized like gold and platinum. Generally, a new band will have to be ordered and refabricated if the band becomes too large or too small.







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Metal Wedding Band Styles
 


Half Round

A half round band has a
rounded contour to the surface
of the ring with no hard edges.
It can have a bright polish
(shiny) as in the photo to the right or be a textured finish.

   
 

 

Squared

A squared edge band looks
more geometric- with flat sides
on the top and side.

   
  Two Tone

Two tone metal bands incorporate both white and
yellow metals.

 

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Textured: Assorted Patterns
   
 


These rings can have metal texture variations to create distinctive appearances. Textures can be also combined.

   
  Millgrain

Tiny beaded outer edge on
each side of the ring.
   
  Engraving

Hand carved patterns cut deep into the band.

   
  Hammering

Numerous flat marks created
by hammering on the ring.

   
  Brushed/Satin Finish

Fine, detailed scratches.

   
  Diamond Finish

A deeper satin finish.
   
  Whipped Textured

A rougher, irregular brushed pattern.

   
  Grooves

Grooved rings can have narrow or wide grooves in singles or multiples.

 

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Gem bands: styles
 
For gemstone (diamond and/or colored stones) wedding bands, there are many beautiful options. Some classic options that work well with many engagement rings include variations on the following:

---smaller prong set gem bands that imitate the engagement ring
---continuous set wedding bands (ex. channel set bands)





Round brilliant cut diamonds or princess cuts (squarish) can be grouped in smaller scale patterns in the wedding band. They can also be set in a linear pattern around the ring. They can contour over the top half of the ring or all the way around- known as an eternity setting. Often they are set in a straight grooved channel- known, not surprisingly, as a channel setting. In other cases, they are set by small, individually raised prongs or beads of metal in a style called pavé. The ring is literally paved with gems.


   
 
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