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As far as bridal jewelry goes, your engagement ring is undoubtedly the focal point. And while it’s the one special bauble that signifies your relationship as a bride-to-be, a wedding band is equally special after you've said "I do." If you’re all about a blingy ring look, a baguette wedding band is a stunning choice.
What Is a Baguette Band?
A baguette band is a style that features at least one baguette diamond or gemstone, which can be long and rectangular-shaped or tapered.
"It was created in the 1920s and named for its elongated rectangular shape after a French baguette," says Madeline Fraser, the founder and CEO of the Gemist. "It’s timeless in its classic beauty, a cut that will never go out of style."
In addition to Fraser, we also spoke with industry expert Katie Zimmerman, the chief of merchandising at Blue Nile, to gain insight on all the details of baguette bands.
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Keep scrolling to learn about the pros and cons of baguette diamond wedding bands and what to look for when shopping for one.
Pros and Cons of Baguette Wedding Bands
Whether you're flaunting a shimmering solitaire diamond, cluster of gemstones, or three-stone engagement ring, baguette wedding bands come in a variety of styles and shapes—from eternity bands with a single row of baguette stones to bands with alternating stone shapes that include baguettes and modern band styles with tapered or fanned baguettes. So, no matter your style—modern, vintage, or fashion-forward—baguette bands' versatility offers a forever-worthy look for every bride.
While baguette wedding bands are undoubtedly showstopping, they can also be a whole lot of look. The intensity of this statement piece may prove to be too overwhelming for some brides' everyday style. Especially when paired with an engagement ring, the two rings can exude tons of eye-catching sparkle (which may not be a bad thing!) but may also feel as if they contrast with your more casual looks or daily lifestyle. But, you can easily wear just your band or your engagement on days when you want to tone things down or as your mood changes. Can’t go wrong with options!
What to Look for in a Baguette Wedding Band
- What settings pair best with a baguette wedding band? "To really show off the shape and look of the stone, the best setting is solitaire or solitaire pavé," Fraser says.
- Will more unique cut stones still pair well with a baguette band? There are baguette bands specifically cut to sit alongside angular stones like a square, emerald, radiant, Asscher, or hexagon cut. So, no matter the engagement ring you say "yes!" to, there will likely be a baguette band that will complement beautifully.
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? Cut and clarity matter the most in a baguette diamond band. "Baguette stones require fewer cuts than other cuts of diamonds. There are only 14 facets in a baguette-cut stone, which means that precision is important. If the stone is not cut perfectly, flaws will be seen much easier than in other cuts of diamonds," says Fraser.
- What carats pair best with baguette diamond bands? "When it comes to carats, baguette diamonds look great in a smaller weight," Fraser notes. These diamonds are more noticeable in under one carat.
- How can I make my baguette stack more unique? If you’re going to stack your rings, wedding “suites” as they're commonly referred to are a great way to make your stack feel unique, whether you need an arched baguette design to complement a round-, oval-, or pear-shaped engagement ring or a V-shaped band to properly situate next to a marquise- or shield-cut stone.
- Are there ways to maximize sparkle with my baguette band? You can get an enhancer ring with two rows of baguettes that sit on the top and bottom of your engagement ring for a super-blingy look.
How to Care for a Baguette Ring
Be sure to clean your baguette stones regularly. "While diamonds last forever, regular cleaning and proper care are crucial to keep them brilliant and shiny. Everyday tasks can also cause diamonds to lose their sparkle, from skin oils to makeup and skincare products to dirt and other environmental dust," says Zimmerman.
It's important to clean underneath the ring's shaft so that dirt and other debris don't build up in the ring. If you're unsure of how to clean the ring, you can take it to your jeweler, who will delicately handle the band. "Ultrasonic machines are a good way to give your diamond a good cleaning on occasion, but really, the best way to clean your ring is with a mild soap and water mixture," suggests Zimmerman.
Be sure to store your band in a safe place, like a jewelry box or fabric-lined ring box, while partaking in hand-heavy activities, especially when they involve any products that may harm your ring over time.
From classic eternity bands to glitzy modern takes, scroll through our edit of 28 extraordinary baguette wedding bands for every style and budget.
Sheryl Lowe Sapphire Baguette Eternity Band With Diamond Border
There are no rules stating that you have to stick with traditional diamonds. Instead, choose a colored stone that adds a playful touch to the band. This option from Sheryl Lowe has baguette diamonds that line the band while pavé diamonds create a border at the top and bottom.