Wedding bands offer married couples a way to share the special bond of love and commitment with beautiful, understated pieces of jewelry. But can a wedding band have a diamond? Of course it can! In fact, diamond wedding bands are an increasingly popular option, as they offer a more luxurious, refined alternative to traditional gold wedding bands.
Much like engagement and wedding rings, there are hundreds of unique wedding bands and band designs to choose from when shopping for your own band, a band for your spouse, or even matching bands for both of you. Typically, you will want to make your choice based on several factors, including the appearance and design, the diamond carats, and the cost. However, with so many options out there, it is not always easy to choose the best diamond wedding bands for you and/or your significant other.
In today’s guide, we will help demystify some of the confusion surrounding wedding bands. Additionally, we will look at the meaning behind wedding bands, some of the best diamond wedding band designs for both men and women, as well as the different kinds of bands for married couples. So, let’s get started!
What Is A Wedding Band?
Many consumers get confused about the difference between wedding rings, engagement rings, and wedding bands. Fortunately, when looking at wedding rings vs. engagement rings, the differences are readily apparent. As you probably know, engagement rings are typically presented to propose marriage and (if the other person says yes) begin the pre-wedding engagement. These rings often feature a large gem as a centerpiece.
Alternatively, a wedding ring and a wedding band are essentially the same things. Wedding rings are exchanged on the actual day of your wedding to symbolize the official bond of marriage. They are often simpler than engagement rings in style and may or may not feature a central gem (or any gems at all). Wedding rings are simpler because they often go on to function as wedding bands, which are the rings that married couples typically wear on a day-to-day basis.
However, many brides and grooms choose to get new wedding bands to celebrate their love, even after the wedding day is well behind them. Fortunately, there are various diamond wedding bands that offer simple designs that still manage to sparkle and remind you of your love and commitment to your partner. Even if you are not in the market for a new diamond wedding band right now, it is good to know what options are out there. So, let’s take a look at some of the different diamond bands on the market:
Women's Wedding Bands
Women’s diamond band rings often feature more “flash” than men’s rings. However, this is not always the case. Men and women can get even matching wedding bands (more on that below). Additionally, the same designs used for women can be resized to work for men. Either way, women’s wedding bands come in a plethora of beautiful styles.
For example, you have to consider that women’s wedding bands often feature the standard body of the ring, as well as diamonds paved around some or all of the band. The ring itself can be made of gold, white gold, black gold, or another material entirely. Moreover, women’s bands can come in different designs, from the traditional slim ring set to the more exuberant Twist Micropavé design.
And this just covers the bands themselves. You also need to consider the number of diamonds you want on your band, how they are spaced out, the total carats, and the cut of the diamonds. All of these factors can greatly affect the price, look, and impact of a diamond wedding band for women.
Men's Wedding Bands
Wedding bands for men tend to be slightly larger than those designed for women. This is partially due to the fact that guys often have thicker fingers and larger hands. So, much like wristwatches for men, diamond wedding bands for men are usually wider and slightly thicker. This prevents rings from looking too small on a larger hand.
Fortunately, having wide diamond wedding bands also means having more space for high-carat diamonds. It also means that the designs can offer better options for men seeking particular looks. For example, some wedding bands for men feature diamond-encrusted exteriors along the length of the band, while others have larger diamonds on the flat, upturned side of the band. Like women’s wedding bands, men’s wedding bands can also be chosen based on the underlying band material, color, diamond cut, and carats.
Matching Wedding Band Sets
Many couples opt for matching wedding rings and bands. This means that both rings are virtually identical, though each can be sized to fit the corresponding wearer. For instance, if you a couple wants a “his and hers” ring set, they can get the exact same design with different sizes to fit their respective ring fingers comfortably.
To make them more unique, many matching band sets feature curved bands. These make them look very different from standard wedding bands, allowing you and your significant other to share a very special bond with your rings. Just like other types of wedding bands, you will need to make your selection using the criteria outlined above, as well as your and your spouse’s personal styles.
Unlike eternity bands (see below) and many other standard, circular wedding bands, custom curve matching bands often feature diamonds on just a portion of the band. This is useful if you want to keep costs low, or if you want to have fewer diamonds of a larger size. Either way, matching bands are a great choice for couples who really want to share unique pieces of jewelry.
Eternity bands (often referred to as eternity rings) are rings that have a continuous string of diamonds circling the entire band. These rings symbolize the eternal commitment to one another and are often exchanged during anniversaries, vow renewals, or even on the original wedding day. An eternity band can be wide or slim, with a variety of diamond carats and cuts.
However, it is important to note the difference between eternity bands and infinity rings. Though they both symbolize the concept of eternal commitment, each ring type has a unique style. An eternity band or ring is unique for its continuous circle of diamonds, while an infinity ring has a band that features the infinity symbol (the figure 8). This can either be a singular design adorned with a precious stone or a ring that is entirely made up of two interweaving bands.
Typically, eternity bands and infinity rings are completely separate, though you could get a ring with both designs. In any case, eternity bands are a popular choice for diamond wedding bands because they feature diamonds around the entirety of the piece. They are especially popular among women, though you can get eternity bands for men or matching eternity bands for couples.
We hope you found this guide on diamond wedding bands both useful and informative! Are you in the market for diamond jewelry? Do you want beautiful, certified lab diamond jewelry at competitive prices? If so, be sure to check out the luxurious products available at Liori Diamonds today!