- 11 months ago
- Wedding: July 2017 - Eldorado Canyon State Park
Looking at engagement rings was a blast. So many different styles and options, and once I figured out what I really liked and found something unique that suited my tastes, it was perfect. I adore my e-ring.
Wedding ring shopping, though… not so fun. There are a lot of styles I like, but unlike with my e-ring purchase, this one has to actually match something. And nothing seems to.
Back when I was pointing my now-fiance toward the e-ring I liked, I just assumed we’d eventually buy the matching pave band to go with it. It seemed like an obvious choice, so I didn’t fret at the time about if I’d be able to find a wedding band that I liked alongside it. Now that I’ve had time to think, however, I’m not so sure if that’s the way I want to go. (This is about to get pic-heavy, apologies in advance.)
So, here’s my ring. I’m so excited about it I’ve been spamming it everywhere so you may have seen it already. It’s a mint green sapphire in a rose gold pave setting. (Not the best example of its color but a good representation of its shape/size.)
As I was saying, I’d assumed I would get something along these lines to match it, from the same seller so I wouldn’t have to worry about the material/size being off. The thing is, with two such thin matching bands, I feel that they kind of blend together and the effect, for me, is a thicker, off-center band, which I don’t love. Split shank rings don’t bother me, but the asymmetry kind of bothers me here. (Yes, I know that that’s kind of a given with adding a second ring above/below, but I think some things certainly minimize/maximize that effect.) For the record, this isn’t my ring, but I was able to find examples of different wedding bands with similar style rings.
Another option would be to add a matching band at the top and bottom, like so. But one of the things I like so much about my e-ring is its daintiness; I’m not sure how much of that dainty feel is lost with three bands…
The seller offers a few other “matching” bands (in terms of material/rough size, not design) that I was considering. I think the asymmetric effect is minimized for me when the wedding band below is clearly distinct from the e-ring band. I’m not quite in love with either of the options, however. (And yes, I know I’m not just limited to that seller, but I found that most of the styles I’ve seen can basically be summed up by these two examples.)
I thought about a stack below my e-ring. I think because the e-ring’s on top the thickness of the stack doesn’t bother me so much, and the asymmetry is so extreme to look intentional enough that it doesn’t bother me a ton. But I feel a stack is something I’d build to, with anniversary rings and such, and I’d really prefer to find just one single wedding band that I absolutely LOVE as much as I do my e-ring.
There’s got to be something I’m missing. There are a lot of thicker wedding bands that I like in of themselves, especially with scrolling and such, but I don’t like the look of thick bands with my very delicate e-ring, and I’m not in the market for a standalone wedding ring. (I can always buy those other designs I like as RHRs.) So… does anyone have any cool ideas? Something thin and delicate that will accentuate my e-ring instead of detracting from it? I’m open to bands with stones and without, though I do want rose gold. Oh, the other option I forgot to show was a matching plain gold (or a plain gold top with pave diamonds set into the sides) band — I can’t tell if I love or hate how this one looks, to be honest; it kind of changes by the hour.
This is the plain one:
And here is something similar from the top-down except it’s got diamonds set into the sides:
Any pics of wedding sets for your thin pave e-rings would be super-appreciated. Links to outside sources, or even names of ring styles (I’m not very knowledgeable about all the lingo) that I should check out, would be awesome as well. I feel that I’m being too picky, but it’s hard to go from being so in love with my e-ring to being so uncertain about my wedding ring, especially when I know that if I pick the wrong one, it could actually impact how good my beloved e-ring looks.
Thanks in advance, bees!!! 😀