Wedding Trends: Wedding Bands
Diverse and on trend, today’s wedding bands satisfy the need for style and personalization
Today’s couples are embracing unique, highly personalized weddings with a touch of tradition. Distinctive venues, made-to-order invitations, do-it-yourself decorations, custom cakes and non-traditional registries are all in high demand, as is color, particularly purples, greens and bright, bold hues.

This trend extends to wedding bands as well, with brides- and grooms-to-be looking beyond a simple band to something special that personifies their personalities, lifestyles and love. Jewelry designers are heeding the call, creating a variety of ring styles for bridal that are fashionable, colorful, wearable and customizable.

For ladies, eternity bands continue to be a popular choice. These bands, which typically encircle the finger with a row of colorless diamonds, are a beautiful representation of unending love. They’re available in a variety of styles with different diamonds shapes and settings and can match many engagement rings. They also complement well today’s beloved vintage bridal look, which can be seen in exemplary form at Simon G.

Eternity bands also offer a great vehicle for adding color, which brides today are incorporating more than ever into their look, from the details on their dress to their purse, nail polish and shoes. An eternity band of blue sapphires, for instance, can be a bride’s “something blue,” while alternating pink gemstones and colorless diamonds can give the girlie bride a romantic feel. Yellow diamond eternity bands, such as those by De Beers Jewellery and Jacob & Co., are also gaining interest, surrounding the finger with a splash of citrusy hue.

OGI also offers eternity bands in an array of colored stones, including blue sapphires, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires and the very trendy black diamond. These bands also lend themselves to stacking, which allows the bride to add on to her wedding band—perhaps to mark an anniversary or other special occasion—with an assortment of bands that suits her style.

“Modern brides are taking into consideration their daily activity when choosing a wedding band, and I find that many are selecting stackable bands to wear at times when their larger engagement ring wouldn’t be appropriate or comfortable,” says designer Megan Thorne, whose line of stackable bands features geometric, gothic and dainty looks dotted with diamonds. “A cool stack of bands carries you through errands, yoga and casual outings. Adding in anniversary or birthstone bands keeps the collection fresh, versatile and personal for women as their life changes.”

Tiffany & Co. also has a version of stackable bands, called “Celebration Rings,” as does Suzy Landa, who says she sells more rings like these than anything else in her collection. Hidalgo, known for its stackable enamel bands, has several options with heart motifs that women like to add to their wedding band, according to the company, as well as one with the American flag, a favorite among military wives.

Catherine Iskiw’s “Parallel” ring, meanwhile, features an engagement ring with two parallel bands placed under the top and bottom of the center stone mount through which the bride can slide interchangeable bands. Another offering is the “Celebration” ring, an engagement ring with a straight-tube bezel sitting atop the shank so additional bands can stack closely to the ring on both sides.

Of course, these stacks of rings offer a bigger band look, which is another bridal jewelry trend gaining momentum. Some modern brides are now opting for one wide band with lots of wow factor as an alterative to an engagement ring and wedding band set. These bands often showcase sparkly scrollwork and floral motifs, or row upon row of diamonds, as seen at Erica Courtney, Michael B. and Rina Limor.

Diamonds are also becoming more acceptable in men’s wedding bands. In fact, after watches, diamond wedding bands are one of the leading categories in men’s jewelry today. Most styles use diamonds subtly, typically setting the stones flush with the surface of the band to create a smooth exterior and to provide security for the stone. And the diamonds aren’t necessarily colorless: black, blue and cognac diamonds are also in high demand. Todd Reed goes even further, adding raw diamond cubes to the mix.

Scott Kay, meanwhile, includes diamonds in his SK Cobalt collection of men’s wedding bands, which is created from the BioBlu 27 super-alloy, regarded as the world’s most durable contemporary metal, according to Kay. Benchmark also uses contemporary metals known for their endurance in its men’s wedding bands, including cobalt and tungsten, which it combines with black carbon fiber or black ceramic for a very stylish black-band look that’s becoming all the rage.

Benchmark is also big on comfort-fit wedding bands for men, which are specially rounded on the inside for greater comfort, as is Claudia Endler. Her “Arc” bands, for instance, have a defined top and bottom, where the bottom is squared to match the design of the top and to help stabilize the band so it stays centered and doesn’t spin. In addition, the sides of the band are contoured for a slimmer fit where the fingers would touch each other. She also softened the corners of her square “Four Curve Ring” for men to make it even more comfortable.

“Comfort and wearability are a big concern for the rings I create,” Endler says. “Many men are wearing a wedding ring for the first time and are concerned that they will feel it and that it will be noticeable for them even if they do not work with their hands.”

Also interesting to note: Endler’s “Large Arc with Diamond Center Stone” was inspired by her clients based on the idea that men should have an engagement ring as well.
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