Choosing A Wedding Ring To Match Your Engagement Ring
For many couples, finding the perfect wedding and engagement rings is one of the most important parts of planning for the big day. While you may have been one of the lucky few whose future husband picked the perfect engagement ring, you now have a difficult task on your hands: Finding a wedding band that perfectly matches your wedding ring.
Luckily, Ross-Simons has put together a guide to help you find wedding jewelry that matches and will have a lasting visual appeal.
How To Pick The Right Wedding Band
When choosing a wedding ring, the best place to start is with the setting. There are a wide variety of women's ring styles, all of which have their own unique charm. But remember: This is a lifelong investment. Your wedding and engagement rings are signs of undying love, and you'll need to make sure you choose a design that you'll be proud to wear for the rest of your days.
Most experts recommend choosing rings that have "symmetry" to their appearance. On the simplest level, this means choosing matching metals for your jewelry. The most common metals for wedding jewelry are white gold, yellow gold and platinum. You can't go wrong with any of these choices, but if you don't want the two rings to have a jarring appearance next to each other, you'll want to be consistent with your choices. A white gold wedding band paired with a yellow gold engagement ring (or vice versa) is almost always a faux pas.
However, there is one exception where the metals don't have to match perfectly. If you have a two-tone engagement ring featuring, for example, half white gold and half yellow gold, you have several options that would look great. The first is to find a wedding ring with similar proportions of the two metals. If you want to add a little bit of contrast to your wedding jewelry, it is also acceptable to choose a wedding band that only matches one of the metals of your engagement ring.
Matching ring shapes is where things get trickier. As a rule of thumb, your wedding ring should be able to sit evenly below your engagement ring. It's not the end of the world if the two pieces of jewelry don't match up perfectly, but if you place one on top of the other and there is a noticeable gap in the middle, your ring pairing is less than ideal.
If you have a straight-band engagement ring, it's easy enough to find a complementary straight-band wedding ring. But if your engagement ring has a curve, a bezel or a large prong setting, you will need to find a wedding band that sits nicely with it. Luckily, women's wedding bands come in many shapes — featuring clean, straight lines, slight curves, and dramatic bezels. With a little bit of effort, you can find two ring settings that perfectly complement each others' shapes.
Picking The Right Gemstones For Your Rings
Choosing the types of gemstones for your rings adds another dimension of difficulty to the jewelry matching process. Again, symmetry is the key and should be at the forefront of your mind during the shopping process.
Some brides choose to go a very minimal route with their wedding jewelry. An engagement ring with a classic solitaire design can be elegantly paired with a simple wedding band. This is a great, timeless look that can be pulled off effortlessly by any woman.
Of course, many women want their wedding ring to feature diamonds too. There are three main ways that wedding ring gems and engagement ring side stones are set:
- Channel set diamonds — These diamonds are set into the surface of the ring so that their sides are touching.
- Hammer set diamonds — These are set in such a way that there is a noticeable amount of metal between the diamonds.
- Grain set diamonds — These look similar to channel set diamonds, but have tiny beaded edges holding the stones in place.
If you have a solitaire engagement ring with no side stones, any of these options will work for your wedding ring. Matching an engagement ring with side stones to a wedding band is a cause for some debate.
Some say that the stone settings don't have to be a perfect match. For example, you may see a new bride wearing an engagement ring with channel set side stones and a wedding band with grain set diamonds. This look is acceptable for some, but as we've already discussed, symmetry offers the simplest solution. That means you should pair channel set rings with other channel set rings, hammer set with hammer set, and grain set with grain set. This ensures that you don't choose a contrasting engagement & wedding band pairing that you love in the heat of the moment, but are tired of a few months after your big day.
Planning your wedding is undoubtedly stressful. But Ross-Simons is dedicated to making this hectic period of your life a little easier so you can better enjoy the months and weeks leading up to your big day. Follow the steps above and you won't have to fret over finding wedding rings and engagement rings that match perfectly.