How to Choose an Engagement Ring Setting That Will Pair Nicely with Any Wedding Band
"Will my fiancé be able to find a wedding band that complements this engagement ring?" is probably the last thing most men think about when purchasing this important piece of jewelry, but experts say it shouldn't be. Whether you're a groom-to-be shopping for an engagement ring or a hopeful girlfriend dropping hints to her boyfriend, thinking about the wedding band you'll one day want is important when picking out the ideal proposal piece.
Picking the Right Ring
Because the sheer number of choices available to brides today can be overwhelming, Dan Moran of Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles always advises his clients to err on the side of simplicity. This may mean selecting a classic solitaire or a pavé band for an engagement ring. "These two classic designs work well with any wedding band design because not only will the two bands up against each other and remove that gap people hate between the rings, but because they won't overwhelm a more complicated wedding band should you choose to go that route."
However, not every bride wants—or ends up with—a simple design. For couples looking for rings with a more complex design, or who want something a little less ordinary, Moran suggests starting the search online. "I find it's important to search online because you cannot see everything in one store, or town, or city," he says. "Once you identify styles you like visually, then go out to the stores and try them on. Many find that what they like visually doesn't necessarily look good on their hand. For this reason—and to make sure the design of the ring will allow for a flush wedding band—I always recommend finding a private jeweler and having it custom designed."
Buy Both Rings Together
Of course, if you are worried about not being able to find a suitable wedding band down the road, consider purchasing both pieces at once. If you can't—or don't want to decide—on both rings at the same time, ask the jeweler for their opinion. Remember that they are professionals who have seen many couples come in with rings looking to be paired together. Moran explains that many of his customers first come to see him while they are looking for engagement rings, then return to buy their wedding bands, too.
A Final Option: A Redesign
If you do end up with an engagement ring that doesn't seem to work well with any wedding band you like, you can always talk about making changes to your first piece. "After exploring multiple possibilities and if you still can't settle on a design you like, you might have to consider the possibility of redesigning your engagement ring or changing the design of the wedding band you want," Moran explains. Of course, taking steps to ensure that your engagement ring will work well with a wedding band, or purchasing them together, could save you from this step down the line.