With both women and men donning engagement rings to proclaim to the world that they are in love and planning to marry, if you want to wear your engagement ring after your nuptials, the wedding band choice is next most important decision you will have to make for your special day.
There are an overwhelming number of styles, in traditional metals such as yellow, white or rose gold, platinum and sterling silver. Plus a huge array of designs in the modern metals of titanium, tungsten carbide and cobalt chrome alloy.
Finding the engagement ring that perfectly suits your style can be challenging, but once you have found it, you need to keep a few things in mind to match your wedding band to it perfectly to wear as a set.
There are five things to consider; the metal, a coordinating cut, color, brilliance and width.
Starting with the metals, for your rings to look marvelous, it's important that both of the metals be compatible in appearance and weight.
The first step is to decide which metal will work best with your engagement ring. If it’s set in white gold, the gleam of a polished cobalt or titanium band will accent the setting nicely. There are several titanium and tungsten carbide designs that incorporate gold and silver that can enhance the charm of your engagement ring. As each of these metals can have different finishes, choose the one whose color most closely matches your engagement ring.
For a ring with stones, you need to coordinate the cut of the stone in your engagement ring to the stones in your band. The engagement ring with a princess cut stone looks wonderful with a band set with stones in this cut. A channel setting offers more protection and there are also pavé and prong settings that might suit your style as well.
Finally, pay close attention to both the brilliance and width of your band; the idea is for both rings to complement each other and work well together as a unit. Ideally on your wedding day, as everyone admires your rings, no one should be able to tell that these rings were purchased separately.