by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
A wedding band is a classic symbol of matrimony and the commitment made between two people. Wedding bands for women have an even richer history and today reflect not just a marital bond, but also a woman’s personal style and preferences.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
In this guide, we will explain the following:
- What is a wedding band?
- What is a wedding ring?
- 11 best wedding bands and wedding rings
- Eternity ring
- Gemstone ring
- Bridal sets
- Bridal wraps
- Anniversary band
- Solitaire enhancer
- Stacking band
- Inspired band
- Vintage bands
- Choosing a women's wedding band or wedding ring
What is a Wedding Band?
Typically, the term “wedding band” applies to simpler, metal-only styles, without diamond or gemstone embellishments. A wedding band may still have metalwork details, such as milgrain edging, scallops, or carvings, or the ring could be shaped as a wave, twist, or braid. Wedding bands may or may not be worn with an engagement ring.
From simple copper and iron wedding bands exchanged in ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures to gold rings that indicated a man’s worth to his bride-to-be’s family to matching men’s and women’s wedding rings popular in World War II when newly married couples were separated by military service, wedding bands have long been intimately symbolic pieces of jewelry. Diamonds and gemstones began to be incorporated into wedding rings in the late 1940s and the early 1950s, and today, there is a wide variety of wedding bands for women, in all styles and designs.
A wedding band may be any color of gold or could be a different precious metal, or not even metal at all as wood wedding bands and other materials can make lovely options. Women’s wedding bands may incorporate diamonds or other gemstones, or could have intricate metalwork, personalized engraving, or other features. Understanding the different wedding ring designs can help any woman choose which band best suits her style and one she will be happy to wear for many anniversaries to come.
What is a Wedding Ring?
A “wedding ring” more commonly applies to rings set with diamonds or other gemstones. The setting options include bezel, channel, and pave designs, and while some rings have scattered stones, others have closely set stones for even more glitter.
11 Best Wedding Band and Wedding Rings
Wedding bands and wedding rings range from simple to ornate, and may be fashioned in any style a woman prefers. Some wedding bands and rings match an engagement ring, while others are worn solo. Popular design styles of women’s wedding bands include....
• Eternity Ring
An eternity wedding ring is a specialized diamond wedding ring where the stones are closely set together and encircle the entire ring, with no obvious back or front sides and sparkle from every angle. These rings are ideal as wedding rings, and are also popularly called anniversary bands.
• Gemstone Ring
Like wedding rings that feature diamonds, gemstone rings also have glittery stones set into the band, but they are colored gems rather than diamonds. This can be a way for a woman to express additional symbolism in her wedding ring, such as the month of the wedding or her birth month. Some women also choose gemstones for their symbolism related to weddings, such as rubies for romance, emeralds for truth, or sapphires for fidelity.
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• Bridal Sets
These wedding bands for women are designed as an integrated set with both the engagement ring and the wedding ring, and are usually purchased together. The rings are designed to come apart for a simpler engagement ring, and are often soldered together just before or after the wedding to create one solid ring with all the stones properly aligned.
• Bridal Wraps
This style of wedding band “wraps” around the engagement ring to frame it as a centerpiece when the wedding ring and engagement ring are worn together. A wrap usually has extra diamond accents and is a way to create a bridal set even if the rings weren’t initially purchased as a coordinated set.
• Anniversary Band
Anniversary bands are a beautiful way to mark a special anniversary. Most anniversary bands mark a milestone, such as a 5th, 10th, or other noteworthy year. A vintage anniversary band could mark any year you want to make a special occasion.
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• Solitaire Enhancer
Diamond enhancer wedding bands are meant to be worn alongside an engagement ring, but usually just to one side. Depending on the engagement ring’s style and the size of its center stone, an enhancer band may be straight, or may be curved or contoured to fit snuggly next to the ring but without being rubbed or hidden by the engagement ring.
• Stacking Band
Stacking rings are multiple thin, delicate rings meant to be worn together but without being soldered together. Because the rings are loose, they can be rearranged and different bands can be added or subtracted for different occasions or as a woman’s style changes. As a wedding ring, stacked bands may have one or two rings that always remain in the stack, but others are changed out as desired. This create a very fluid and flexible style great for women who like different options.
• Inspired Band
Wedding bands can be inspired by different influences, such as celebrities, royalty, television shows, movies, nature, history, and more. When a woman loves a certain style, an inspired wedding band can give her a personal connection to the style that has had a tremendous influence on her personal flair.
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• Vintage Band
Antique and vintage wedding bands are a spectacular option for many women, with rich histories and time-honored designs. Women may choose from different design eras that appeal to them, or choose vintage styles that offer a personal connection, such as commemorating a grandparents’ or great-grandparents’ relationship.
Choosing a Women's Wedding Band or Wedding Ring
While these styles are general descriptions of the types of wedding bands or wedding rings for women, different jewelers may use different terms interchangeably. Understanding the various styles, however, can help any bride-to-be choose a wedding ring that will best suit her jewelry preferences and look fabulous on her finger for many happy years to come.
Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of vintage wedding bands today!