Neil Lane on wedding bands

Jewelry & Accessories

Courtesy of Neil Lane

Celebrity jeweler Neil Lane has created wedding bands for everyone from Debra Messing to Gwen Stefani. Here, he gives his tips on choosing a wedding band and saving without sacrificing style. —Kathryn Papanek

How should a bride choose a wedding band to match her engagement ring?

If you can, go back to the person who created your engagement ring. If that is not an option, look for something that suits the engagement ring and doesn't fight it. If you have a white metal—platinum or white gold—for your engagement ring then your wedding band should also be white. Sometimes you might choose unmatched rings because they are family heirlooms. In that case, wear the rings if they will make you sentimentally feel well, but aesthetically, it's better to keep both rings the same color...

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Should the wedding band and engagement ring be the same size?

Some women wear large engagement rings, and others feel comfortable with very thin, small engagement bands. It's a personal preference. But visually if you have a small engagement ring and an extraordinary large wedding band, it doesn't work. If you want to make your wedding band look larger, make it a little bigger than the engagement ring but not excessively bigger.

Does the man's wedding band need to match his wife's wedding band?

No, not at all. For a man, a plain platinum band is quite sufficient. Eighty percent of men like having a quiet band. They like having something on their finger where they really don't know it's there. The ring should be very comfortable and easy going.

Are you seeing any new trends in wedding bands?

Girls want to have sparkle on their band. They love having diamonds that go all the way around their band. It's very elegant and sexy. People also like having inscriptions on their bands that note the date or time they are getting married. It's actually an old fashioned thing that people are finding again. People like to unite their love and their vows with some kind of sentiment.

With the current economy, how are couples saving on wedding rings?

Some people are opting for a diamond band to act as both the engagement ring and the wedding band. Rather than delaying the purchase of the wedding band, couples wait to buy the engagement ring. You can buy a wedding band with little diamonds or just plain platinum or gold. I think the band is a perfect solution for people who can't afford a larger purchase right now.

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