(Closed) Is this a trend?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My band is not matching in the sense that it was a set, but when you look at it, it’s almost identical to the shank on my e-ring. I personally wanted it to match, but I do love the look of some ladies’ rings where they don’t match,  yet complement each other.

Post # 4
7606 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We went the custom route so my rings match exactly.  Maybe more rings these days are being sold alone instead of in sets than they used to be?  I’m not sure!

Post # 5
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When ring shopping I was so excited to get engaged that I never thought of the wedding band to match! And I’m paying for it now because I’m getting my ring reset. I wish the jeweler would have had me try on some sets because it might have changed my decision then!! Not blaming the jeweler, it was my fault, but it would have been helpful!

Post # 6
4477 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think there are a few reasons for this:

1) sets used to be more popular

2) Rings tend to be bigger now, and settings made to accomodate larger stones tend to take up more space on the finger.

3) Halos are really popular now, and a lot of them aren’t elevated.  

Post # 7
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We went the custom route but the band was not afactor in the designing of the ring.

Post # 8
2105 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@abirdword:  This

It’s not just halos that are low set. I have a “Tiffany” style solitaire that is low profile. When I tried on random channel eternity bands, the bands ended up higher than the wedding band. It was clearly meant to go with a cathedral-set engagement ring. Another issue is that split shank rings are very popular right now and many of them have varying thickness or waviness. Another ring that is growing in popularity is low bezel engagement rings. 

Since there is SO much variety in engagement ring settings, it’s no wonder manufacturers aren’t making matching sets. However, I have noticed chevron wesding bands are becoming more popular to accommodate low-profile engagement rings. Most jewelers can tell you which wedding bands they have typically get paired with which engagement rings.

We used James Allen for both rings and they had 3 rings in platinum that “match” my engagement ring. If we went with white gold, there would have been 5+ to pick from. Metal choices can also be limiting. 

Post # 9
1144 posts
Bumble bee

My ring is custom so it doesn’t have a matching band.. which means it’ll most likely have to be custom as well.

Post # 10
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a solitaire engagement ring with an x-prong setting that tapers at the stone. It was easy to find a diamond band to sit next to it since I was OK with a small gap between the two rings. It’s not completely flush, but it’s close. I like that they weren’t a real “set” and I like that my diamond band contrasts with my solitaire.

Post # 11
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went shopping with my boyfriend (now fiance) for the ring, and although I tried on a bunch of different rings, I didn’t make my final decision until I also found a wedding band that worked with it.  He ended up buying them both at the same time.  They don’t match (my engagement ring is channel set and my wedding band is pave), but they look good together and don’t have a gap (which was my #1 goal).  Mine aren’t custom made, so maybe that’s why it was a bit easier.  We just sat at the store and I tried on everything I liked.  🙂

Post # 12
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I dont think its a trend to just wear one ring.  I think that there is a larger focus on the engagement ring itself and not the wedding ring.  Also, engagement rings are extremely intricate and have much more detail then in the past so people have a hard time finding something that suits them.

Post # 13
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine is an heirloom ring that we combined from both sides of the family. I have honestly never really liked the look of 2 rings on the same finger on anybody. It looks off balance to me. And because some of the beauty of the ring is the scroll work on the sides, I knew from the begining that I wouldn’t have a separate wedding ring. So it was never an issue for me. On my wedding day my ring will go from being an e-ring to being a wedding ring. Magic.

Post # 14
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We didn’t even bother looking at the sets when we picked my e-ring. I didn’t want a solitarie diamond ring, or a diamond w-band, and I sure as heck didn’t want only diamonds. Of course we could have picked a ring and then paid more to have some stones changed out, but that just didn’t make sense, I’m very visual and if It’s not already what I’m wanting I can’t picture it becoming what I want. We figured that since my e-ring is so blingy, we would go the plain route for my band, and just go with a simple white gold thin band.

Post # 15
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I fell in love with an e-ring that happened to have a matching band available. 🙂

Post # 16
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is my second marriage, and the first time around was in the early 90’s and my ering and wband fit together as a set, which was very typical at the time.  

I didn’t really give it much thought when now-DH and I started shopping, and of the 5 styles I shortlisted I believe all but one would have easily accomodated a band, but none of them had an actual matched band.  Naturally the one that Darling Husband fell in love that one that was the most difficult.

I think what makes finding the band a challenge is the trend of erings being low to the finger, with wide baskets, halos, and peekaboo diamonds.  I’m sure the pendulm will eventually swing back to matched inter-locking sets again too at come point.

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