Diamond wedding rings have been a jewelry classic since long before I was born. While our grandmothers’ matching wedding sets may not be the current standard, most women still want a diamond band.
We counsel customers at our bridal counters to determine the best ring. You’ll want to coordinate with your other rings and consider your lifestyle. There are so many beautiful options:
While round brilliant diamonds are the most popular, we’re getting lots of requests for emerald cut and oval diamonds.
You can choose from platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold. If you’re wearing an engagement ring, choosing the same metal will allow the rings to wear and age together. Lots of people try on rose gold then back away. Rose gold is a great way to add a high-fashion stack look to your finger while keeping your engagement ring classic. Yellow gold is trending up again, and platinum will always be the finest choice.
All-Around or Part-Way Around Rings
I adore the beautiful style of diamonds all-around. The diamonds on the back of the ring, only seen when you open your hand, are a personal and luxurious gift to yourself. However, these bands will require more maintenance. This can include the expense to repair worn prongs, chipped stones, and/or re-make the mounting in a larger size. Part-way around diamond bands can take more wear and tear and are easier to size in the future.
Wear the Ring Alone or With Other Rings
A diamond band worn alone is simple and elegant. If there is an engagement ring involved or a thought to stack rings in the future, always try the rings on together to make sure you’re happy with the fit. A lower profile band can be worn more easily with others, while a ring with stones set higher - and worn alone - is more dramatic. Lifestyle is also an important consideration. Those that wear gloves or use their hands a lot during the day should always choose a lower profile band.
Some of the choices include channel settings, bar settings, two-prong or four-prong settings, and plain or milgrain edges. Some popular styles today are very low profile and petite. These are beautiful but the tiny prongs will need occasional repairs. Channel and bar settings are very secure but show too much metal for some tastes. Two-prong shared bands are our most popular today and seem to have a nice balance between style and security.
We always encourage our customers to order their diamond bands in the correct finger size. This secures the stones in the ring and allows the band to begin a lifetime of wear in perfect condition. Over-sizing bands can cause diamonds to fall out and ring shanks to thin and break.
The diamond band is such an important lifetime piece of jewelry. We look forward to guiding you through this decision-making process for the most sentimental piece of jewelry you may ever wear.