Post # 1
I’m in the process of choosing my wedding band, which is a slightly tricky process because my engagement ring has a curved setting. As you can see in the pics, it’s a sapphire ring — belonged to my grandmother and was never really meant to be an e-ring, hence the difficulty in finding a band to wear with it.
I have found two potential wedding bands and would like opinions on them. The first is a super thin (< 2mm) half-eternity band that is curved, but does not sit totally flush against my e-ring.
The second ring would be a simple, flat 3mm yellow gold band that has been notched to sit more or less flush against my e-ring setting. The photo shows a wax cast of the jeweler’s work, so you have to use your imagination a little bit to envision the gold 🙂
For the record, I am a simple band person all the way. I love my e-ring because it’s a family heirloom, but I’m not really a diamond or bling sort of girl. My only hesitation with the plain, notched ring is that it might be a little too thick. But I like how simple it would be, and that I can turn the notched part around and wear it by itself on occasion. The diamond ring is pretty but doesn’t really feel like “me.” For the record, the two bands are essentially the same price.
Thoughts, suggestions? Which band would be a better complement to my e-ring?
Post # 3
@brlabrat: First off, I LOVE your e-ring! It’s so gorgeous! IMHO, I’m not sure either band actually goes with your e-ring. I feel like the blue is not only too thick, it’s also almost takes away from the beauty of your e-ring. And while I like and prefer the first band, something still doesn’t feel quite right. What kind of metal is your e-ring? My instinct is to do a plain band in the metal of your e-ring, maybe with a bit of curvature or design to it if you’d like. But between the two, I’d definitely go with #1!
Post # 4
@brlabrat: I like the second band a lot better but, why couldnt the jeweler simply make it a little thinner than 3 mm if that’s a concern? 3 mm isn’t all that wide, FYI. That’s what my band is! Good luck. Love your sapphire!
Post # 5
I would prefer a plain band so your ering stands out. However, I think the one you have on is a little too thick. Is it possible to get it thinner?
Post # 6
Gorgeous engagement ring! – I absolutely love colored gemstones and nontraditional rings. I personally like the second band (the cast one). I too am a simple band girl. 🙂
I like the way that the second band sits more flush against the e-ring, and like another member said, could you get it thinner if that is what’s bothering you?
But either way, both look great!
Post # 7
IMO, the first one distracts from your e-ring because it is so different and doesn’t quite fit it. The second one would be much better.
Post # 8
The first one doesn’t look right with your ring. I agree that it takes away from the engagement ring because it is so different. Maybe if it did sit flush with the ring then it would be the one. I like how the custom band is notched to fit the ring. Maybe you could have some sapphires put into the band to help it not be so plain.
Post # 9
Thanks for the responses, everybody! And huge thanks for the compliments on my e-ring! It’s pretty special to me 🙂
For those who asked about thinning out band #2, the jeweler says that to make it any thinner would compromise the stability of that narrow area that’s left by the notch. And anyway, I tried it on again tonight and it really feels fairly thin in real life – the notch and the flush design actually make it feel less bulky than even the skinny diamond band.
After trying them both on again, ring #2 is definitely the winner. It just makes so much more sense on my hand than the diamond band! The jeweler will round off those hard, angular edges at my request, and cast it in yellow gold to match my e-ring. Follow-up pics in a week or two! Thanks again!
Post # 10
I prefer the second option 🙂
Post # 11
@brlabrat: Good choice, I think with the look of your gorgeous e ring it makes sense to go with the plain band.
I hope you will post pictures when it arrives.
Post # 12
Good choice. The band doesn’t look thick to me at all, it lookscperfect.
Post # 13
Here’s my finished custom wedding band. Couldn’t be happier!! What do you think? 🙂
Post # 14
@brlabrat: GORGEOUS! Definitely the right choice 🙂