A Guide to Popular Wedding Band Styles
Although the engagement ring bling usually takes center stage, finding the right wedding band is especially important. Depending on your style, your band can either highlight your engagement ring or be a statement-piece of its own.
There are four typical categories for wedding bands:
- Metal Bands
- Stacking Bands
- Eternity Bands
- Anniversary Bands
A classic metal band with no gemstones can be made in lots of different metals. Typically, it will match your engagement rings, but you can add a different metal to create a two-tone look.
Matches with: Any style of engagement ring will look great with a metal band. You can also layer a metal band with other bands.
Is Best For: The super active bride who does not want to have to worry about any gemstones or diamonds on the wedding band.
On-trend stacking bands typically have unique designs or profiles on the wedding band. These show off the unique style and personality of the person wearing it.
Matches with: Any style of engagement ring will look great with a metal band. However, the more classic the engagement ring, the more options you have that will compliment a stacking band. You can also layer a metal band with other bands.
Is Best For: This style wedding band is great for a bride that wants a super unique look. These bands tend to be a very fashion-forward and will make a statement whether its worn with or without the engagement ring.
An eternity band is characterized by identically sized diamonds that go around the entire ring as a symbol of eternity.
Two common styles for eternity bands are shared prong and channel settings. The shared prong setting features two stones that sit next to each other and share a prong. In most cases, this allows for a lot of sparkle. The channel setting features stones that lay side by side withing a metal channel.
Important note: Eternity bands will not stay as eternity bands once any repair services need to be done. This style, though popular, is not recommended. It is difficult to size, and is more prone to prong and gemstone/diamond damage.
Matches with: A shared prong set eternity band pairs best with a classic or glamorous engagement ring and adds extra shine. A channel set eternity band gives a more modern feel and will pair well with modern engagement rings.
Is Best For: These rings look great with an engagement ring, or even alone! This type of band pairs well for someone who wants to be able to easily wear their wedding band without their engagement ring.
Anniversary bands are similar in appearance to eternity bands, but the gemstones or diamonds do not go fully around the ring.
Matches with: Any type of engagement ring works amazing with an anniversary band. The trick is to make sure the settings are the same to give the set a cohesive feel.
Is Best For: This style is perfect for people who want the look of an eternity band but doesn’t want the bulkiness of having gemstones or diamonds between their fingers and on the inside of the hand.