Select your Wedding Band Setting
Simple metal wedding bands don’t have to be as traditional or simple as they sound. You could choose a modern band with a flatter surface and squared edges, or maybe you’d like a dual-tone (or dual-metal) wedding band. You may even like an etched wedding band, textured wedding band, or engraved wedding band.
If you decide to go for the look of a diamond wedding band or other gemstone-encrusted band that has emeralds, rubies, or sapphires, select a setting that appeals to you. A ring may use prongs to hold a single gemstone, or several gemstones, in place on top of the ring. For eternity bands, you’ll need to decide how you want gemstones to appear around the entire band.
Shared prong settings: Shared prong settings use grooved metal wire to hold gemstones in place side by side. Channel settings: Diamonds or gemstones in a channel setting seem to be set side by side directly into the metal. No metal shows between the stones. In a bar channel setting, some metal is visible on the sides of the stones.
* Pavé settings: Holes are drilled into the ring to create a pavé setting. Then, small jewels (usually diamonds) are set into the holes. The entire surface of the ring sparkles with a “paving” of gemstones.
Complement your hand
When buying a wedding band, or any type of ring, you may want to choose a style that echoes the shape of your hand. Basically, people with larger, wider hands can more easily wear larger bands with large stones and multi-levels than people with more narrow or petite hands. A delicate or narrow wedding band may look out of place on a larger hand, while a chunky band with large stones may look too gaudy on a small hand. Rings are three-dimensional, so take height into consideration as well. A slender finger wearing a ring with a tall setting can look very graceful.