UK Bees/Non US bees – Wedding ring style?

posted 1 year ago in Rings
  • poll: What type of ring seems more popular in your non-US cirlce? AND/OR which type do you have?
    Plain metal band : (42 votes)
    65 %
    Channel set diamond band : (9 votes)
    14 %
    Pave/claw set diamond band : (13 votes)
    20 %
    Other - please elaborate! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 16
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    UK bee here and I think pretty much everyone I know has a plain band. My brother and his wife have the ‘fanciest’ bands which are yellow gold in the middle with white gold edges. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding ring with diamonds in other than the shops (so clearly someone round here must buy them, just not in my circles). 

    I’m planning on a white gold plain band. It’s what I’ve always wanted and I’ve always wanted it to be straight. Given the shape of my engagement ring that may not be entirely possible but the most it will have is a slight wave to it or a twist. 

    Post # 17
    1666 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’m in New Zealand, me and my closest friend group all have rings around 1ct. We are all mid to late 20s and well off though. I don’t often see rings bigger than mine in everyday life here. Diamonds are extremely expensive here… My set cost us $10,000 and it’s only 1ct. My wedding band is plain gold and doesn’t detract from my engagement ring. 




    Post # 18
    1666 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    sorry to post again, but finally found the photo i was looking for lol

    Post # 19
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    A girl who I worked with had probably a 1.5 carat ring here in nz. It was huge and I couldn’t help but look at it. Kept asking her how wedding planning was going & how I’d recommend venues to her. She was super awkward about it. Found out a month later she had left her fiance for her boss at work!! Don’t see that ring any longer!

    Two of my sister’s have 1 carat beautiful rings but like pp said diamonds are expensive in New Zealand. One cost around $17,000 10 years ago ( high quality diamond) – hugely expensive.

    My ring is a family heirloom – diamond been in fiances family 160 years. So irreplaceable and I wouldn’t swap it for anything 

    Post # 21
    1561 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Mine is 0.55 for my engagement ring which seems typical. In my set pave rings seem popular in the last few years although older set are still doing plain bands.

    Post # 22
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I love in Canada in a big city with a high median income. From what I’ve noticed it’s mostly younger

    People here have more the mentality of why would you spend so much on a diamond when you can invest in your house, travel, kids activities etc. It’s not considered sensible to have a big rock. I know a girl at work who is kind of embarradsed of hers because of what people will think (frivolous). 

    Women 40+ tend to only wear a diamond band. 

    Post # 23
    1712 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    My circle is mostly pave bands. I have one of the bigger rings for most people I see and it’s “only” 1.7. Rings are extremely expensive here as well due to taxes and duties. 

    Post # 24
    198 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m a UK Bee – I went for the best of all worlds – I found a half and half wedding band! It’s half channel set diamond band, and the other half is plain. This means if I twist it one way I get the extra sparkle, and if I twist it the other way it’s plain. My Fiance found this really fun as well, soo that’s what we did 🙂

    Post # 25
    1217 posts
    Bumble bee

    MsBeer :  

    Definitely, I work at a hospital and not even the doctors and consultants here have large diamonds. My friend has a 0.8ct solitaire, but she refuses to wear it because she thinks it’s too big and flash (she hates attention), so it’s been sat her in jewellery box ever since she got engaged four years ago :/ 

    I think because diamonds are more expensive here and we have more taxes etc its not realistic for most people to be buying 1ct plus diamonds.  

    Post # 26
    8218 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: Dorset, UK

    ariesscientist :  I have a 0.8 and think it is really lovely and large, but before I got it I thought a 0.8 would be “tiny” because rings on the bee seem to be massive and you see a lot of threads like “is my 2 ct ring too small?” I also have massive hands, lol. I am looking forward to pairing mine with a plain rose gold band (e-ring is a rose gold 6 prong solitaire).


    ETA: We only got a 0.8 because we went to Samara James (online but have 1 show room so got the benefit of online prices and my ring is valued as twice as much as we paid) but to go to a store and buy a 1 ct ring in the UK you need MEGA money.

    Post # 27
    218 posts
    Helper bee

    I live in the US but my husband is American. He proposed with a ring following American standards, and my wedding ring is the same (channel set). However, in France, people usually don’t spend much money on their engagement rings. The solitaire is what they typically go for, however, a carat is considered very big over there! On an everyday basis, most women wear a plain wedding band or sometimes a channel set (which is also somewhat common). If they do have an engagement ring, they often wear it on the right hand and the wedding ring on the left. I used to do that then eventually did what Americans do 🙂 

    Post # 28
    1253 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK

    My rings combined total 0.26 carats, with 0.10 of that being in a channel set wedding band. Both rings are very dainty so it doesn’t look too much, but most people I know (UK bee) have plain bands.

    Post # 29
    6303 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    msbtobe :  UK bee. My parents friends all have plain bands; my friends have a mixture of plain and diamond set. When it comes to the diamond set ones the settings vary, but most are pave or claw set. I think I know one person with a channel set bad.

    Post # 30
    6278 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Uk here. I love plain wedding bands it’s what my husband has. I wanted the same plain platinum band but it looked rubbish with my erong and we didn’t want to take my antique ring apart to resign so I found something that worked with it. 

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