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.
Meet the Expert
- Roxanna Rector is the Senior Buyer for engagement and bridal rings at Blue Nile.
- Originally a self-taught jewelry designer, Connie Hung is now the founder and creative director of Costanté.
- Nicole Wegman has blurred the distinct line between jeweler and influencer as the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge.
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. Considered more monetarily modest, diamond bands can range greatly in price. Some of the top selling diamond eternity bands can span anywhere from "$8,000 to $15,000," says Roxanna Rector.
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 of 30 rings guaranteed to suit every style and budget. Get inspired.
Jane Taylor Cirque Meeting Arrows Ring with White Topaz
Unexpected yet striking is just one of the many ways to describe this 14k yellow gold ring. Featuring white topaz squares, rounds, and custom cut arrows, there is so much beauty that meets the eye. For the bride seeking something unconventional, a piece like this is sure to stand out.
Anne Sisteron 14kt Yellow Gold Half Baguette Diamond Eternity Ring
What's a better way to symbolize forever than with an eternity band? This 14k yellow gold piece proves that there's nothing better. The combination of half baguette diamonds and half round cut diamonds showcases each diamond's brilliance to the max.
Vrai The Infinity Band in 18k Yellow Gold
It doesn't get any more classic than this. Individually handset pavé diamonds adorn the entire 18k yellow gold band in a modern u-cut setting. This piece is bound to be one you'll never want to take off.
Catbird Curved Snow Queen Ring
The gorgeous luminescent curve of this yellow gold diamond band is beyond ethereal and delicate. Exuding the essence of nature, this ring effortlessly wraps around the finger.
J. Luu Diamond Chevron Ring White Gold
Just because there isn't a solitaire doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the bling. Shine bright like a lot of diamonds in this 0.24 carat white gold band. This piece makes a statement in any room you walk into.
Zoe Chicco 14k Princess Diamond Eternity Band
The sharp architectural design of this 14k gold bezel set white princess eternity band is utterly chic and edgy. For the bride who loves clean lines and wants to stand out in the crowd, there is simply no better choice.
Après The Ballier Ring Oval Cut
A fresh take on the well-loved oval engagement ring, this customizable ring is pure luxury. Shimmer and shine practically drip off the finger making a piece like this irresistible.
Yi Collection Diamond Micro Pavé Infinite Ring
Micro pavé set diamonds effortlessly fall one after the other in this classically elegant 18k yellow gold band. The brilliant simplicity and practicality of this piece allows you to wear it every day without question or thought.
Eriness 14K Gold Diamond Cigar Band
Not only is this thick 14k yellow gold band an absolute stunner, but its width and strategic design create optimal comfort and wearability; talk about the best of both worlds!
Blanca Monrós Gómez White Diamond Bezel Band
It's hard not to fall in love with this charming white diamond bezel band in yellow gold. Intentionally designed and carefully handcrafted, it's no wonder this piece is so sweet and endearing.
Gillian Conroy Diana Pear Diamond Demi-Eternity Band
Here's a unique take on the rose gold pear-shaped engagement ring. Created from recycled gold and conflict free diamonds, this piece is customizable and completely one of a kind.
Ken & Dana Design Ava Vintage Inspired Brilliant Diamond Band
Now that's a ring. Glamour and sparkle practically shoot off of this vintage-inspired floral ring. With an array of brilliant diamonds strategically set to add dimension and visual interest, it's no doubt this ring is one of our favorites.
Afton Ring in 14k with Baguette Diamonds
If you're seeking pure sophistication, look no further than baguette diamonds. Inspired by the Art Deco period, this ring is nothing short of a its own little masterpiece.
Chanel Coco Crush Ring
A classic with a twist. Set in 18k yellow gold, the soft quilted pattern of this design and brilliant glimmer of the diamonds is captivating.
Swati Dhanak Dublo Movement Ring
This is a great example of how you can have a little fun mixing metals to create an eye-catching and distinct piece. 18k rose and white gold frame the diamonds that float around the entire circumference of this band.
Jade Trau Medium Kismet Band
Not only is this ring stunning, but it's a staple. Worn with absolutely anything, this 18k yellow gold diamond band elevates any outfit, and who wouldn't want that?
Kataoka Diamond Crown Ring-Supreme
An intricate milgrain finished band features two rows of diamonds strategically positioned to balance on top of each other seamlessly. Stack it with another band or wear it solo, you simply can't go wrong no matter how it's worn.
Kavant & Sharart Origami Ziggy Diamond Ring in Rose Gold
It doesn't get any more edgy than this. With a series of sharp angles and dimensions, this piece boasts a unique and captivating visual appeal at every glance you take.
Cartier Trinity Ruban Wedding Band
Two rows of 49 brilliant cut diamonds display extraordinary sparkle that swoops across the finger for an effortlessly elegant look. We wouldn't blame you if you never took it off.
Finn Baguette Diamond Eternity Band
This ring is even gorgeous from the outside in. An 18k gold angular-shaped band frames 16 exquisite custom cut baguette diamonds. This piece is understated yet unforgettable.
Tacori Royal T Pear Diamond Eternity Band in 18K Rose Gold
Over two carats of pear-shaped diamonds are set in 18k rose gold. But wait, it gets better! Glance at the ring's side profile to admire the hidden halos that perfectly frame each individual diamond.
Anita Ko Zipper Ring in Rose Gold
Now this is a showstopper! Over three carats of baguette diamonds set in two rows are split by a rose gold chain-like design serving as the focal point of this one-of-a-kind ring.
Mark Broumand 6.30ct Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Band in 18k Rose Gold
If you're looking to make a statement, here's the one you've been searching for. Over six carats of baguette diamonds surround the entire circumference of this 18k rose gold band.
Grace Lee 5MM Crown Bezel Diamond Eternity Ring
There's something about this bezel diamond eternity band that feels incredibly romantic. The 14k yellow gold creates a striking contrast against the rose cut diamonds. This once-in-a-lifetime ring is nothing short of pure magic.
Lizzie Mandler Alternating Tapered Baguette Eternity Band
This is sophistication at its finest. Alternating tapered baguette diamonds are encompassed by an 18k gold eternity band. What's not to love?
Piaget Possession Wedding Ring in 18k White Gold
Take all of the sparkle every turn you take with this 18k white gold band. Over 30 square-cut diamonds and 200 brilliant-cut diamonds adorn this incredible piece - now that's a lot of diamonds!
Mini Mond Clarity Eternity Band
Warning: you'll never stop staring at your hand. Over seven carats of premium diamonds decorate this platinum eternity band. With a variety of shapes and stunning details, there's so much to love.
1stDibs 10.98 Carat Fancy Yellow, Cushion Cut Diamond Eternity Band Ring
Add a little bit of color with this astonishingly vibrant yellow diamond eternity band. The cushion-cut stones encompassing the entire ring is sure to make anyone's jaw drop.
Nikos Koulis Yellow Gold Ring with White Diamonds and White Diamond Baguettes
This yellow gold band with beautiful white diamonds is simply something special. For the understated bride who also wants something a little different, this may be the perfect fit.
Ashoka Sideways Eternity Band
A once-in-a-lifetime ring for a once-in-a-lifetime love. Spectacular diamonds encompass the entire circumference of this platinum band, so there's no sparkle to be missed.
What to Look for When Choosing a Diamond Band
In this case, it's all about the band. With a variety of different looks to choose from, there's a band for every bride's personal style. "Consider the width and style you're looking for. If you want a modern and thin look, go for micro pavé. If you want a lot of sparkle and impact, consider side stones of 1/4 to 1 carat total weight," recommends Rector (our favorite is the Mark Broumand 6.30ct Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Band in 18k Rose Gold).
Due to the minimalistic nature of diamond band engagement rings, it truly gives the cut of the stone the opportunity to take center stage. "There are so many possibilities when choosing the diamond cut for an eternity band," says Nicole Wegman. "Some of the most classic options are emeralds and ovals."
Begin by considering your own personal preferences, as your ring should be a reflection of yourself. "I like to start by asking: do you envision something extravagant or are you picturing yourself with more of a subtle look? If dramatic, do you envision your diamond band more of a curvature, round or oval diamonds, or diamonds with more of an edge, emerald, asscher, or emerald cuts?," Hung says (for a ring that stands out, we suggest the Jane Taylor Cirque Meeting Arrows Ring with White Topaz).
"French pavé is one of our favorite settings for classic diamond band engagement rings. It is cut to show off the sparkle of your side stones from all angles," Rector explains.
How much is the average eternity diamond band?
How do I clean a diamond band?
"Especially if worn daily, jewelry should be cleaned regularly to remove dirt and other buildup that can not only dull the sparkle of your diamonds but actually damage them. Diamond bands should be cleaned with a proper jewelry cleaner," Wegman states.
Have diamond band engagement rings become more or less popular?
"Diamond band engagement rings have been a new trend we've been seeing amongst brides this past year," Hung says. However, diamond bands are not only easy to wear, but they're incredibly classic.