Post # 1
this is my ring:
a side view (ignore the beer can! ;)):
now these are the options i’m considering:
plain platinum band (pro: ‘t overshadow the e-ring, and the bands match. con: not my fave to wear alone. then again, i don’t know when i’d wear the band alone…)
channel set (pro: exact same width as my e-ring, could be worn alone (if i ever wanted to (?) con: fi prefers the plain because it matches ering and his ring):
These are NOT MY PICTURES but whoever this person is, she seems to have a very similar e-ring to mine…and you can get an idea of what they would look like together (except in my case, the plain band would be the exact same width as the ering)
Post # 3
@cartascartas: I love the beer can picture!! It’s even better than the engagement ring in yarn pics I’ve seen knitters (like myself) do. I’m biased about the plain band because I have one and love it. I always feel that the diamond gets lost in the channel set band as a wedding band with a solitare. I figure if you go channel diamonds on the engagement ring, you should do the same on the band and vice versus for the plain band. Also, in the future, my husband has talked about getting a channel anniversary band too. Right after the wedding, he wasn’t sure of the plain band a bit, but I love it and won’t change it. I look forward to the channel anniversary band. Here’s my engagement and wedding band set:
Post # 4
Honestly, I would just buy both. The plain band can’t cost that much, and you can switch it up to meet your needs.
Post # 5
Question: are the diamonds in your e-ring channel set as well? Couldn’t tell from the pic.
If not, then I would go for the plain band. I’d be too annoyed by the e-ring and wedding band having differently set diamonds, because to me they wouldn’t match very well.
Post # 6
@babybumblebee: her ring is a solitaire. it’s prong set.
I voted “other”. I think your ring would look nice with a shared-prong band. diamonds set in that kind of channel set band don’t sparkle very much in most light sources. but they are comfortable.
why not buy a couple of cheap look-alike bands and try them out for a few days? I bought a great channel set band at nordstrom that looked very real for only $22.
Post # 7
@babybumblebee: the band on my ering is plain. would you go with plain + plain then?
Post # 8
@cartascartas: Ohhh sorry, silly me, I see now that your e-ring is a solitaire. Earlier when I was looking at it, the shine on the band kind of looked like little diamonds to me. Leave me alone! It was early! Stop looking at me like I’m stupid!
Ok in that case, I’m going to vote for the channel set. Personally, I’m a blingy person – the more bling the better! – and so I would want to add a little sparkle. In my opinion, the plain band is too, well, plain when paired with another plain band.
Post # 9
I like the plain band. I think the other band takes away from the ering.
Post # 10
My vote is to get yourself a really slim band, plain or not!
I had a similar predicament as you and was all set to get a plain band to match my ring until I talked to a girlfriend who ended up having to get a new wedding band after her wedding. Once they got their pro pics back, they realized the band just looked too thick – there was just too much metal with 2 plain bands of the same width. So she got a very, very thin plain band to go with her ring as to not detract from the engagement ring. She loves it and I think it looks really lovely.
When it was time for us to order our bands, we went to the jeweler and I put on the plain matching band for my engagement ring and right away my fiance didn’t like it – he said it made the stone look smaller and there was too much metal going on. So we tried diamond bands in the same width and we still didn’t like it. At the last second, I tried on a very thin pave diamond band that matched the halo of diamonds around my ring and it did the trick!
One thing to think about: a lot of women I know tell me they stopped wearing their engagement ring for a while after they had their babies bc they were having to get their hands dirty with diapers and creams every five minutes, or because they were scared they would scratch their baby. (Although it doesn’t seem like its a problem with your setting) That is a big reason why I made sure my fiance got a setting where I could wear just the band if I wanted to. Even though you can’t imagine not wearing your e-ring with everything right now, consider the possibility there may be a period of time where you will just want to wear the band.
In the end I am very glad we went the slim diamond band route. The ring was a little pricier than what we had been hoping to spend, but the overall look of the setting is really balanced and beautiful. And honestly, from a sentimental standpoint, I liked the idea that my wedding band didn’t have to play second flddle to my engagement ring. After all, the marriage is more important than the engagement! (And getting a matching anniversary band in a few years will look killer too!) Here’s a picture below so you can get an idea. Good luck!
Post # 11
I voted other because I think they both look great; however, if I were to get the channel set one, I would get two because I like the symmetry. If you are only getting one band, I would get the plain band, but if you don’t mind not having a symmetrical look, the channel one would work too.
Sorry, I know that wasn’t much help, but it is what I would do.
Post # 12
A plain band is so romantic! Nothing says “I’m married” like a classic, solid band, IMO. However, if you are set on getting a diamond band, I wouldn’t go with channel if I were you. A slim, simple pave band, similar to what Ginger posted, would look much better. Or a shared prong eternity.
Post # 13
@littlemissmango: that’s true. there is something especially romantic about that 🙂
Post # 14
I think both bands look pretty but I voted for the second band because that’s what I would get.
Post # 15
I’m a big fan of wedding bands matching the band of the engagement ring. My e-ring has alternating baguette and round diamonds. I found a wedding band that is the same.
Post # 16
@AmberAustin: yeah, that’s another pro i forgot to mention (for the plain band)