Wedding rings are a beautiful symbol that a couple is committed to spending the rest of their lives together. Given to each other during the wedding ceremony, this is one of the major purchases a couple makes when getting married. Some couples even choose to forego the engagement ring, opting for nicer wedding rings.
When it comes to wedding rings, one might think, the thicker or the sparklier, the better. But not everyone wants a massive rock as a declaration of love. Some brides are attracted to delicate designs on delicate bands. Simpler rings cost less, too. The price of a ring depends on the center stone’s size and quality, other designs involved, and the type of metal chosen for the setting.
While wedding rings are usually more uncomplicated than engagement rings, a minimalist ring does not mean sacrificing style. Unlike bigger stones, smaller rings can have more intricate design elements. Here’s what to consider if you’re in the market for an understated wedding ring.
Traditional rings have a dominant stone, either alone or surrounded by smaller rocks, but you can always throw tradition out the window and go for whatever suits your style. Aside from diamonds, there are a lot of other options out there. White and blue sapphires, emeralds, cubic zirconia, and rubies are all popular choices for ring stones. Your gemstone of choice may be her birthstone, your birthstone, or both—flanking one stone with two smaller ones on each side makes a beautiful ring, and choosing stones that have meaning to you as a couple makes it even more special.
Depending on quality, these stones may cost less than a diamond, but high-quality gemstones can be much more expensive.
We’ve all heard of the four Cs of the diamond grading system: carat, clarity, color, and cut. The cut speaks of the stone’s shape and brilliance because when the stone is cut, skilled diamond cutters bring out the sparkle factor. This means the cut is crucial to the overall look of the ring.
For example, with its pointed corners, the famous princess cut has lots of brilliance and sparkle, while the cushion cut radiates a kaleidoscope of colors. The oval, marquise, or pear shape cuts all make the stones appear larger than they are.
The setting has a significant impact on the look and worth of a wedding ring. Some minimalist rings will have the metal band exposed, as it won’t likely be covered in accent stones. This style can maximize a stone’s appearance and provides an excellent opportunity to add more flair by choosing a different metal color. If you go this route, you can choose from nearly any metal, including popular choices like white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. Either way, minimalist settings allow the center stone to shine without any distractions.
Then there are the eternity rings, whether pavé or floating, which are prevalent choices among modern brides. These styles go well with almost any minimalist engagement ring and can be upgraded with twisted metal to create an intertwined band.
Classic wedding bands don’t have to be plain, either. Aside from engraving your names, wedding date, or favorite lines, these bands can be set knotted or braided, creating a lovely base for stacked rings.
When choosing your wedding ring, consider your lifestyle. Would you need to take off your ring often for work or sports? Do you need a ring that’s easy to clean? Consider daily activities and your personality over chic trends. Your wedding ring is a substantial investment and is yours for keeps. While it’s a symbol of your love as a couple, it should also reflect you.