How to Match Your Diamond Engagement Ring with Your Wedding Band
You’ve found the love of your life, and you’re ready to spend the rest of eternity together. What comes next is as important as the decision of getting married - wedding jewellery. Your wedding jewellery will be your companion for your whole love story and see you through all the best memories of your married life. It represents all the history and future of your relationship and when both the engagement ring and wedding ring match, it will perfectly symbolise how beautiful the union between you and your partner is. Therefore, it’s important that the jewellery you decide on is right for you and your daily adventures and encompasses all the love you have in abundance.
Whereas in the past, many would wear the engagement ring purely during the engagement period and after the wedding go on to wear a wedding ring for the remainder of time, modern day brides are opting to wear both at all times.
And why shouldn’t they? Engagement rings are usually the bigger investment as they traditionally feature a diamond or other gemstone as the centrepiece of the ring, therefore, people want to be able to appreciate their engagement ring for longer than just the period of engagement. The engagement ring is also where individuals will showcase their unique personality and style in the design, and that alone is enough reason for it to be on display for all to see at all occasions, thus the surge in popularity to wear both engagement and wedding rings together.
There is however, a special art to creating a bridal set that is perfectly cohesive. To ensure you get the right outcome from your bridal set, we have compiled a list of the most important things to consider so you will cherish your wedding jewellery for a lifetime of love. Here is what you need to do:
Stick to the same metal
You may find yourself torn between metals when choosing your wedding jewellery, and when in that position, you may think about finding a middle ground and choosing one favourite for your engagement ring, and the other for your wedding ring. However, when trying to create a cohesive bridal set, you should opt for continuity and focus on just one metal.
Currently, the most common choices are white gold and yellow gold but there is also the option of rose gold, silver and platinum. Those wanting a traditional style will find that yellow gold will suit their preferences, and those who like their wedding jewellery to have a unique touch, rose gold is ideal as it has a vintage aesthetic that will give the rings an antique look, as if they were heirlooms. For those who prefer a modern finish, platinum and white gold are undeniably the right choices. Whichever you choose, sticking to just one metal choice will make your bridal set pop, whilst also being seamless enough for everyday wear.
Leave space for the stones
When it comes to choosing your wedding band, you’ll have to consider the shape of your engagement ring as you do not want a gap between the two rings. A classic wedding band can work if your engagement ring setting is very high so the stone doesn’t interfere with the wedding band. However, if this is not the case, which for most it isn’t, then a classic wedding band will mean there is no room left for the stone featured on your engagement ring which will cause a gap to appear. Therefore, choosing either a contoured, notched, or pointed wedding band that can fit around your stone will mean your engagement ring can rest completely flushed with your wedding band.
Contoured wedding bands
Contoured wedding bands will suit an engagement ring setting that isn’t very high, and is designed to match the curvature of your engagement ring. This is done by shaping the front of the wedding band to follow the contour of your engagement stone so it sits perfectly against it.
The contoured wedding band design is very common for its elegance and natural look. Cuts that work well with a contoured wedding band include pear cut, and round cut stones as the ring will be exposed all around the stone and have its own moment to shine too.
Notched wedding bands
A notched wedding band will look like it was specifically created for your engagement ring. Its design is to look like a puzzle piece that has only one pair. It is completely straight at the front, apart from where there is a small notch so that your centre stone can fit snug in place. A notched wedding ring will look great with a multitude of cuts, including round cut, princess cut and cushion cut stones.
Pointed wedding bands
A pointed wedding band is intended to leave a small space for the stone in your engagement ring. This means it doesn’t fit the shape of your engagement ring exactly like a contoured or notched ring, but leaves plenty of space for the stone. It is ideal for those who want a cohesive look, but still want some separation between both rings. For this reason, they work with all cuts, including emerald, marquise, and oval cut stones, and will highlight unique silhouette cuts brilliantly.
Keep consistent colours
Although there are no rules in creating your bridal set, keeping within a similar colour palette will help make your set look consistent and cohesive. Therefore, stick to similar gemstone colours throughout. For example, choosing a white diamond as your engagement ring stone and pairing it with a white gold wedding ring will help amplify your diamond and showcase its sparkle. If you want even more glamour, add white encrusted diamonds to your wedding bands for ultimate sparkle.
Similarly, with coloured gemstones, keep them consistent with the engagement ring and wedding ring. So if you want your set to have a pop of colour, for example, opt for vibrant green emeralds, or red rubies on yellow gold settings, or perhaps pink sapphires on rose gold settings. The key is to keep things consistent to ensure your jewellery looks well thought-out and part of a set.
Opt for a similar style
Another great way to keep your bridal set cohesive is by opting for similar styles with both rings. For example, if your engagement ring is vintage inspired, like an oval cut diamond, choosing a traditional style wedding band will help keep your rings within your intended theme. In this case, choosing a plain rose-gold wedding band will help your set look antique and vintage. Or, if your engagement ring is a modern showpiece, a contemporary matching band will be best. For example, a white gold engagement ring with a yellow emerald cut diamond, would look perfect paired with a white gold, diamond encrusted half eternity band.
Or, if you like tradition and minimalism, a yellow gold engagement ring with an oval cut white diamond, paired with a simple, classic yellow gold wedding band, will last you a lifetime of happiness. It is easier if first, you know exactly what you’re looking for in your engagement ring, then letting your wedding ring follow suit so that both look like the perfect pair.
If you’re still uncertain about how to pair your diamond engagement ring with your wedding band, you can get in touch with our expert team of advisors to help you through any questions, queries, or advice you may need.