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Jewelry: Designing Your Wedding Band

Posted on February 20 by Molly Gregor

Jewelry: Wedding Bands - New Jersey Bride

Your engagement ring was a gift (even if you may have given subtle—or not so subtle hints—as to the style that you’d love). But now it’s time to pick out your wedding band, and you’re wondering what the rules are. Should your band match your engagement ring? Can it be entirely different? Plain or encrusted with stones? Does it need to match your future husband’s band? “There are no style rules,” says Kristy Braunschweiger of Braunschweiger Jewelers in Morristown and New Providence. “You can mix metals, colors or styles to fit your personal preference. Just think long-term so you will love it for years to come. Your bands don’t need to match—so be different and select a style that suits you.”

Jewelry: Wedding Bands - New Jersey Bride

Tom O’Rourke of Tiffany agrees: “It is best to look for a wedding band that not only complements an engagement ring, but can also be worn by itself. Options should be open to pursuit of personal style as well as perfect pairing with a bride’s engagement ring.” Braunschweiger sees brides choosing the less traditional ring “sets” and exploring separate bands that can be stacked. Some brides are opting to wear their band without the engagement ring—plain or with stones. And many brides are purchasing more elaborate wide diamond bands with the intention of wearing them separately and placing their engagement ring on their right hand. “Consider your profession and lifestyle and which metal/style might be best suited for your daily activities,” Braunschweiger adds.

Jewelry: Wedding Bands - New Jersey Bride

Popular styles for 2015 include metals other than platinum (rose gold and white gold are hot right now); bands with intricate, vintage-looking floral details; bold eternity bands comprised of emerald or Asscher-cut diamonds paired with a solitaire engagement ring; colored gemstones; or a bridal stack, where you can switch out rings each day for a different effect. Whether you prefer sapphires or chic black diamonds, you can mix and match to create a look that’s uniquely yours.

Did you design your own wedding band? Send a picture of your custom jewelry to dpotter@newjerseybride.com!

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