For the bride who wants something a little different from a traditional solitaire engagement ring and more fancy than a gold band, diamond wedding bands are the perfect choice. These beautiful rings are growing in popularity due to their elegant simplicity, as well as celebrities and fashion designers incorporating them into their weddings. Whether it be a diamond eternity band or a diamond pave ring, this style is a gorgeous way to commemorate a couple’s new life together.
All About Diamond Wedding Bands
Most people associate wedding bands with those of the plain gold variety. However, with the increase of average carat weights over the past decade, many women are wanting (and are becoming accustomed to) more flair and sparkle on their fingers. Diamond wedding bands are often used in place of the simple gold wedding band and placed on the finger before the engagement ring and creates a complete bridal set. The focal point is the entire set, whereas with a diamond solitaire engagement ring the focus is on the single diamond. Some women, however, may prefer to wear a diamond wedding band in place of a typical engagement ring. It all comes down to personal preference and style.
Types of Diamond Wedding Bands
With the increasing popularity of diamond wedding bands, there has been an outpouring of fresh new designs which captivate the taste of every woman. Here are a few of the most popular styles:
- Bridal Set: This usually comprises of a diamond wedding band plus a diamond engagement ring. The two rings are designed to fit seamlessly and comfortably together, and often come together as a package deal. The best bet if you want a high degree of sparkle and eye-catching attention.
- Channel Setting: With a row of diamonds set deeply around (or partially around) the band, this type of setting goes with any number of engagement rings. Perfect for those whose lifestyles or employment which may require the diamonds to be set flush with the metal to avoid snagging.
- Pave or Antique Settings: An elegant and distinctive choice, pave settings mean that the band is literally “paved” with tiny diamonds, either in rows or clustered designs. Antique settings can incorporate the pave design but have the addition of filigree or hand-engraved embellishments. A delicate option but requires a little extra care as the diamonds can be loosened if treated roughly.
- 3, 5, 7 or 9 Stone Settings: These types of wedding bands can double as anniversary bands or compliment a simple solitaire engagement ring. One of the flashiest, expensive and most pronounced of all wedding bands.
- Eternity or Infinity Settings: Tremendously popular, these settings are stunning with nearly any type of diamond engagement ring. With a full row of diamonds surrounding the band, this can be a relatively expensive (but beautiful) option.
Things to Consider When Buying Diamond Wedding Bands
- Many jewelers will offer matching engagement and wedding ring sets–often at a discounted price if purchased together.
- Custom engagement rings may be slightly more difficult to match to a non-customized wedding band.
- If matching a diamond band to an existing engagement ring, make sure the details, stone shape, metal and type of setting are consistent.
- Like the look of an eternity band but not the price? Opt for a half-eternity band for big savings.
- On a budget? Spend the majority of it on top quality settings for the engagement ring and wedding band and opt for diamond simulants or synthetic diamonds as placeholders until you can afford the real deal. A high quality 14k gold or platinum setting ensures the ring looks and acts the part.