How to Pick a Wedding Band That Works With Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement ring and wedding band should complement one another without feeling too matchy-matchy. Here are ten pairings we think work well together and tips for picking your own unique combination

Updated 05/29/12

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Your Engagement Ring: Simple Solitaire

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A solitaire engagement ring—whether the cut is princess, round, or emerald—is the most versatile style to match. While your bauble will look lovely alongside nearly any wedding band, we recommend pairing a simple solitaire with a thin pavé diamond band for an extra dose of sparkle.

From top: Platinum Signature engagement ring with round brilliant-cut diamond center stone, from $4,300, De Beers; 14k white gold and diamond curved band, $599.99, Zales

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Your Engagement Ring: Pavé Band

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If your engagement ring features an eternity or half-eternity diamond band, opt for a simple gem-free wedding band to let your sparkler take center stage.

From top: 18k white gold engagement ring with round-cut diamonds and princess-cut diamond center stone, $3,699.99, Zales; Platinum Infinity band, $1,100, De Beers

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Your Engagement Ring: Three-Stone

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Pair your three-stone engagement ring with a band featuring similarly cut gemstones.

From top: Platinum engagement ring with tapered baguette side stones and emerald-cut diamond center stone, from $2,565 (without center stone), Ritani; platinum eternity band with emerald-cut diamonds, $26,000, De Beers

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Your Engagement Ring: Colored Stone

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If your engagement ring features a colored center stone, consider a wedding band that also incorporates that gem. A band that alternates between colored and white gemstones is a smart choice—it coordinates, but doesn't compete with, your engagement ring.

From top: Platinum Avenue ring with diamonds and princess-cut sapphire center stone, price upon request, Gemvara; 18k white gold wedding band with diamonds and sapphires, $2,086, Yael Designs

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Your Engagement Ring: Unusual Shape

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Uniquely-shaped engagement rings have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. Choose a band that complements the curves of your engagement ring so that the pair will lay flush on your finger.

18k white gold and diamond engagement ring with round-cut diamond center stone, from $2,790 (without center stone), A. Jaffe; 14k white gold and diamond band, $799.99, Kay Jewelers

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Your Engagement Ring: Pavé Band

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A trend we've been seeing more of lately: engagement bands. For your wedding band, choose a thin band in the same metal, but opt for a style that incorporates colored stones.

From top: 18k white gold and diamond Acclaim band, price upon request, Hearts On Fire; 14k white gold band with diamonds and pink sapphires, $510, Blue Nile

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Your Engagement Ring: Stand-Out Design

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Some engagement rings command more attention when worn alone. If your bauble falls into this category, forgo the traditional band entirely (use your engagement ring for the ring exchange part of the ceremony) or select an equally eye-catching band to wear on your right hand.

From top: 18k white gold engagement ring with diamonds and round-cut diamond center stone, $3,400 (without center stone), Vanna K; 18k white gold and diamond band, $5,105, JudeFrances Jewelry, available at Michael C. Fina

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Your Engagement Ring: Modern

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A heavily-adorned band will look out of place next to a modern engagement ring. Avoid flowery designs and opt for a sleek band with minimal decoration.

18k white gold engagement ring with round-cut diamond center stone, $1,580 (without center stone), Sholdt Design; Platinum band with three diamonds, $1,500, De Beers

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Your Engagement Ring: Vintage

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Vintage-inspired rings often feature filigree, engraving, and other intricate decorations. Give your ring pairing a cohesive feel by selecting a band that highlights a favorite design element from your engagement ring, like engraved flowers.

From top: Style HT2198, 18k white gold engagement ring with marquis-cut diamonds and round-cut diamond center stone, $1,510 (without center stone), TACORI; 18k white gold and diamond Laurel band, from $1,350, Shaesby

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Your Engagement Ring: Organic

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When it comes to selecting selecting your wedding ring, texture and finish are just as important as the type of metal used. For example, a hammered metal band plays up the hand-hewn vibe of an organic engagement ring.

From top: 18k white gold and diamond Wood Nymph engagement ring with rose-cut diamond center stone, $1,375 (without center stone), Megan Thorne Fine Jewels; 18k white gold hammered band, from $576, Ravens' Refuge

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