(Closed) Plain wedding band or other

posted 5 years ago in Rings
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    Plain band

    non plain band

  • Post # 2
    6287 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    Mine is a diamond semi-eternity band.

    Post # 3
    642 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m a fan of plain bands. Here, a sparkly band is usually added later as an eternity band.  To my eyes, a sparkly band doesn’t look like a wedding ring in the way that a plain band does. 

    Post # 4
    3026 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    I kinda wish there was a both option.

    I think a non plain band worked better when we were deciding for my custom ring just based on the looks of the cads.

    However, I would still like a plain band for wearing to places I can’t wear my ring set like work. The band that will go with my engagement ring is a shadow band and curved which would look a bit odd alone to me.

    Post # 5
    485 posts
    Helper bee

    My e-ring is pave, and it’s soooooo sparkly.  I already know I’m going to want a plain band to balance it out. :]  If I had a plain band on my e-ring, I’d probably go with a non-plain wedding band.

    Post # 6
    593 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 1993

    I have both. Love that i can switch it out.

    Post # 7
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

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    soymilk:  Same here. I have a notch in my eternity band so that it sits nicely against my e-ring, but (as a gift) DH has gotten me a plain band to wear alone on days when I want a more simple jewelry look. There’s something about a plain band that, to me, says “I’m married!” even more than a sparkly band.

    Post # 8
    6804 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

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    ellaruth25:  I love both types: plain and diamond or gemstone. And I have both types (been married for a while — LOL). I like switching them out, although I find I wear my plain bands the most.

    I think  a lot depends on the style of your ERing. Some rings look their best with a plain band, and others look best with a band that has stones on it.

    Here are a couple of pics of my anniversary ring with a plain band and not-so-plain band.

    Plain YG (which has become my favorite combination lately):

    Flush-set Platinum band (a good combination between plain and “not plain”):

    And a half eterity (about .5TCW) set in white gold:

    Post # 9
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Plain! I’ll admit I’m biased, because mine is plain and I love it 🙂

    Post # 10
    548 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Friendship Plaza

    Plain is, and always has been, my preference. Spiritually I like the meaning behind an unblemished, unmarked (engraving being an exception): that the circle is tight, unmarred and unbroken. Simple and clean.

    I’ve played around with the idea of something else when I get mine, but I keep going back to tradition and preference. I have what is a matching set, and the wedding band is set with flowers to go with the design of my e-ring, but I plan to push for a separate, 10 mm rose gold band for my RH.

    However, I totally appreciate those who go with the sparkly. It’s always gorgeous and I get the appeal!

    Post # 11
    287 posts
    Helper bee

    I vote sparkly!

    Here is mine. Sapphire and Diamond 🙂

    Post # 12
    294 posts
    Helper bee

    I prefer a plain flat dome band with either a hammered or brushed finish or plain carved (engraved?) and shiny finish.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by  KittyNoire.
    Post # 13
    9566 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I vote both… I bought a thin sparkly first (2mm) but it was just so… teensy. I kept thinking… this tiny thing is supposed to last forever?? It just didn’t feel substantial as its meaning. So I exchanged it for a chub (4mm) mostly plain band with flush set sparkles. It twinkles but reads as just super shiny plain from far away and it looks great on its own. It will never have issues or need maintenance, though I’ll probably get both my rings buffed once a year. 

    I think it’s better to start plain. You can always have an anniversary band or many of them to spice it up later. 

    Post # 14
    3026 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

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    annd2015:  That was very sweet of him. At work, I wear gloves almost constantly and I’m not sure I really like the feel of going a size up in gloves just to wear my ring lol. I agree about the married feel though with the more traditional plain band.

    I’ve been looking at the necklace clips for rings too but I think it would make me a little scared if they happened to fall off of it.

    Right now I’m really in love with the idea of a quaint 1mm band like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181845760/dec-sale-1mm-band-free-shipping-14k

    Post # 15
    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I like both but plain has a cultural meaning for me. Erings aren’t a thing in my parents culture although they sometimes exchange plain wedding bands as a gift (along with other engagement jewellery for the bride).

    My mom gave me her 4mm plain rose gold band that has my dad’s name and their wedding date engraved in it. I think it’s very special 🙂 as of right now, I have a plain band but I’d like something sparkly as an anniversary present to wear once in a while. 

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