When shopping for an engagement ring, the general focus is on just that— the engagement ring—rightly so! Although the wedding band doesn’t come into play until much later (unless you’re looking to buy an engagement ring and wedding band set together), it is important to think about (or see for that matter) how a wedding band will sit up against different engagement ring options. Here’s why.
Many engagement rings are made with a fairly low profile and/or have prongs/baskets that protrude outwards. This low profile or protrusion would then cause some friction/gap between the engagement ring and the wedding band, not allowing for both rings to perfectly flush up against one another. From my experience, that’s a huge turnoff for most consumers. A large portion of the people I’ve worked with in the past want their rings to flush, with little to no gap between the two.
Have no fear—your partner will probably be involved in the wedding band process, however, ensuring that the engagement ring you propose with is “wedding band friendly,” gives your significant other a ton of more wedding band options to explore. In other words, you limit your options greatly if the rings don’t flush up against one another. A variety of options just don’t look too good with the engagement ring.
The three-stone engagement ring (one diamond in the center and then an additional diamond on either side) is a prime example of an engagement ring design that is generally not “wedding band friendly.” Nowadays, however, we do have a solution for that. If your partner is seeking a three-stone engagement ring (so classy and timeless by the way), be sure to explore the option of custom making the ring. This ensures that the ring can be made to be “wedding band friendly,” plus it ends up looking a lot more delicate and daintier custom made as opposed to industrial and generic.
FYI, there is a solution to engagement rings that don’t allow wedding bands to perfectly flush—I give you the “curved” wedding band (a curved ring that’s meant to wrap itself around the engagement ring). Yes, in theory, it’s a great option, but here’s my take on them. The curved wedding band definitely does the job, however, you’re then always stuck wearing both the engagement ring and the wedding band together, never having the option of wearing one or the other on their own. Why, you ask? Because a majority of the time, curved wedding bands look pretty awkward when worn alone.
Word to the wise—definitely inquire about wedding band options when shopping for an engagement ring. It will give you a whole new perspective that your partner will be very glad you explored.