50 Gorgeous Diamond Bands for Girls Who Don’t Want an Engagement Ring

Not every bride wants a big rock

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Photo by Meghan Kay Sadler

When it comes to engagement rings, it’s hard not to imagine a pretty diamond nestled on a gorgeous band, right? There's similarly a misconception that when you’re on the receiving end of such an engagement ring, the bigger the better. Well, that’s simply not the case for every woman. Shocker! Instead of a flashy sparkler, some women would prefer an elegant band. And while certainly more understated than a beautifully set diamond or gemstone, some are just as if not blingier than their traditional engagement ring counterparts. Eternity baguettes, anyone? More on this later.

Whether you’re one for subtlety, subscribe to a minimal style aesthetic, simply don’t have the budget for a conventional diamond ring, or you straight up don’t like bling, there’s more than enough reason to not want the expected diamond ring that most people envision.

If you do still want a “normal” engagement ring, a band is the perfect backup. Wear it on occasions when you choose to forego your bigger bauble.

Obviously, we’re hardly ones to argue the appeal of a large diamond ring. However, if a band is more up your alley, you have a multitude of gorgeous styles to choose from. For those who still want diamonds, offerings range from dainty to extravagant. Think: Thin bands sprinkled with tiny diamonds to timeless pavé eternity bands to incredibly brilliant and stunning baguettes in an eternity settling (talk about wowza). Then there’s the most restrained route: A simple gold or silver band modestly unadorned. Demure, yet lovely. There’s also the alternative of going unconventional. Perhaps a contemporary two-tone band with wavy diamond pavé? Or, what about a fluid tiara shape with a series of multi-shaped diamonds in various sizes? Super dynamic.

The most important thing to realize is that wedding bands are just as stunning as a traditional engagement ring. It’s merely a style preference, not a compromise. Qualms about sacrificing style or beauty needn’t exist because you’re foregoing a bigger stone.

If you think a band is right for you, ahead, we culled an edit guaranteed to suit every style and budget. Get inspired.

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Topaz Teardrop Band

Courtesy of Loren Stewart

SHOP NOW: Loren Stewart, $361

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Cirque Meeting Arrows Ring with White Topaz

Courtesy of Jane Taylor

SHOP NOW: Jane Taylor, $990

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Arik Kastan Thin Stacking Ring in Moonstone

Courtesy of Arik Kastan

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $725

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18k Double Ivy Band Luxe

Courtesy of Suz Somersall

SHOP NOW: Suz Somersall, $750

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14k Rose Gold Bezel Set Diamond Faith Ring

Courtesy of Anne Sisteron

SHOP NOW: Anne Sisteron, $870

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The Infinity Band in 18k Yellow Gold

Courtesy of Vrai & Oro

SHOP NOW: Vrai & Oro, $1,320

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Duo Ring with Pavé Diamonds

Courtesy of Love Adorned

SHOP NOW: Love Adorned, $1,210

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Curved Snow Queen Ring

Courtesy of Catbird Jewelry

SHOP NOW: Catbird Jewelry, $1,296

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Diamond Chevron Ring White Gold

Courtesy of J.Luu

SHOP NOW: J.Luu, $1,400

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14k Princess Diamond Eternity Band

Courtesy of Zoe Chicco

SHOP NOW: Zoë Chicco, $1,425

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The Ballier Ring Oval Cut

Courtesy of Après Jewelry

SHOP NOW: Après Jewelry, $2,680

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Tiara Curve Band Yellow Gold & White Diamonds

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $1,750

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Diamond Micro Pavé Infinite Ring

Courtesy of Yi Collection

SHOP NOW: Yi Collection, $1,350

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14K Gold Diamond Cigar Band

Courtesy of Eriness

SHOP NOW: Eriness Jewelry, $1,805

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White Diamond Bezel Band

Courtesy of Blanca Monrós Gómez

SHOP NOW: Blanca Monrós Gómez, $1,825

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Diana Pear Diamond Demi-Eternity Band

Courtesy of Gillian Conroy

SHOP NOW: Gillian Conroy, $2,200

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Crescent Hammered Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, $2,340

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Wonder Woman White Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Lori McLean Fine Jewelry

SHOP NOW: Lori McLean Fine Jewelry, $2,348

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Ava Vintage Inspired Brilliant Diamond Band

Courtesy of Ken & Dana Design

SHOP NOW: Ken & Dana Design, $2,550

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Kelp Eternity Pavé Band

Courtesy of Rebecca Overmann

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Overmann, $2,775

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Icon Eternity Band

Courtesy of Suzanne Kalan

SHOP NOW: Suzanne Kalan, $3,800

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Afton Ring in 14k with Baguette Diamonds

Courtesy of ILA

SHOP NOW: ILA, $2,530

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Camélia Ring in 18k White Gold and Diamonds

Courtesy of Chanel

SHOP NOW: Chanel, $3,350

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Dublo Movement Ring

Courtesy of Swati Dhanak

SHOP NOW: Swati Dhanak, $3,360

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18k Trio Eternity Ring

Courtesy of Temple St. Clair

SHOP NOW: Temple St. Clair, $3,950

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Medium Kismet Band

Courtesy of Jade Trau

SHOP NOW: Jade Trau, $4,400

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The Zipper Band in Rose Gold

Courtesy of Eva Fehren

SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren, $4,125

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Eternal River of Light Band

Courtesy of Claire Kinder

SHOP NOW: Claire Kinder, $4,400

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Thin Baguette Ring

Courtesy of Pamela Love Fine Jewelry available at Twist

SHOP NOW: Pamela Love, $5,000

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Serpenti Wedding Band in 18k Rose Gold with Pavé Diamonds

Courtesy of Bulgari

SHOP NOW: Bulgari, $5,200

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Diamond Crown Ring-Supreme

Courtesy of Kataoka

SHOP NOW: Kataoka, $5,980

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Origami Ziggy Diamond Ring in Rose Gold

Courtesy of Kavant & Sharart

SHOP NOW: Kavant & Sharart, $5,950

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Aeon Platinum Infinity Style Wedding Band

Courtesy of Yael Designs

SHOP NOW: Yael Designs, $6,138

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Trinity Ruban Wedding Band

Courtesy of Cartier

SHOP NOW: Cartier, $7,050

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Baguette Diamond Eternity Band

Courtesy of Finn

SHOP NOW: Finn, $6,500

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Princess Diamond Eternity Ring in 18k Yellow Gold

Courtesy of Ritani

SHOP NOW: Ritani, $14,385

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Tacori Royal T Pear Diamond Eternity Band in 18K Rose Gold

Courtesy of Tacori

SHOP NOW: Meierotto Jewelers, $9,990

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Zipper Ring in Rose Gold

Courtesy of Anita Ko

SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $11,825

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6.30ct Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Band in 18k Rose Gold

Courtesy of Mark Broumand

SHOP NOW: Mark Broumand, $14,995

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5MM Crown Bezel Diamond Eternity Ring

Courtesy of Grace Lee

SHOP NOW: Grace Lee, $15,880

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Alternating Tapered Baguette Eternity Band

Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

SHOP NOW: Lizzie Mandler, Price Upon Request

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Possession Wedding Ring in 18k White Gold

Courtesy of Piaget

SHOP NOW: Piaget, Price Upon Request

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Clarity Eternity Band

Courtesy of Mindi Mond

SHOP NOW: Mindi Mond, $32,300

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Tapered Baguette Eternity Band

Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang, $32,500

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Enlacement Wedding Band in Platinum and Diamonds

Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels

SHOP NOW: Van Cleef & Arpels, $33,300

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Diamond Scene 10 Carat Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Gold Eternity Band Ring

Courtesy of Diamond Scene available at 1stdibs

SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $37,400

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Diamond Shapes Wide Band

Courtesy of Mociun

SHOP NOW: Mociun, Price Upon Request

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Diamond Simplicity Ring

Courtesy of Ana Khouri

SHOP NOW: Ana Khouri, $8,132

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Yellow Gold Ring with White Diamonds and White Diamond Baguettes

Courtesy of Nikos Koulis

SHOP NOW: Nikos Koulis, Price Upon Request

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Sideways Eternity Band

Courtesy of Ashoka

SHOP NOW: Ashoka, Price Upon Request

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