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Your engagement ring isn't the only special piece of jewelry you'll be wearing on your big day—your wedding band should be just as unique. But long gone are the days of sleek and simple gold rings; now, there are plenty of ways to make your mark with your bridal band. After all, while the engagement ring represents a promise, the wedding ring really seals the deal. When it comes to finding a unique wedding ring, it's important to consider details that are a bit out of the box. "The nature of custom or one of a kind is that the metal, gemstone, and style options could be anything within the realm of possibility," says jewelry designer Michelle Fantaci, who we spoke to along with Costanté founder Connie Hung. "It's a beautiful thing to celebrate your personal love story with a ring that is unique and meaningful to you."
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Aside from multiple metal options or even two-toned bands, a unique wedding ring design may utilize various shapes, such as hexagons or squares. According to Fantaci, she has used trillions, trapezoids, and hexagons in original custom designs, but some clients have opted for traditional emerald or round cuts as well. As for the price tag, it really depends on a variety of factors. However, there are options for every couple and their individual budget. "Wedding bands can start at $500 for a simple 14k gold band and go upward of $50,000 for full Gemstone Institute of America–certified diamond eternity bands," says Connie Hung.
There are several design details that can truly set your wedding ring apart. Here are a few to consider:
- Brushed or two-toned metals
- Unique shapes
- Engravings or etchings
- Distinctive gemstones.
Ultimately, it's all about finding combinations you love to make your wedding jewelry feel one of a kind. Here are 56 options to get you started.
Jane Taylor Meeting Arrows Yellow Gold Ring With White Topaz
Switch up the traditional circular band with a double-ended arrow band that doesn't quite meet in the middle. The addition of white topaz set in this yellow gold band is simply stunning.
Lizzie Mandler Gold Knife Edge Ring With Black and White Pavé
Who says a white diamond pavé is your only option? This ring utilizes 18k gold featuring a knife edge and black and white diamonds.
Michael M Platinum Pavé Band
This gorgeous design just loves to play with diamond placement. Incorporating resilient white gold and a partial pavé, this is one dreamy band.
Harry Kotlar Criss-Cross Platinum Band With Melee Diamonds
Go platinum with this shining band. With a criss-cross band and stunning pavé details, this ring is nothing short of glamorous.
Blue Nile Openwork Alternating Infinity Twist Eternity Ring
The mesmerizing movement of this elegant infinity twist band is oh-so-charming. Incorporating pavé-set white diamonds on a 14k white gold band, there are so many exquisite features to fall in love with.
Eva Fehren Kissing Claws Rose Gold Ring
Switch up the traditional yellow gold band for a unique rose gold option. This piece pairs rose gold with pale champagne diamonds and a unique band shape for a lovely option.
Shane Co. Rose Gold Contour Ring With Diamond and Black Sapphire
According to Fantaci, sapphires are hard stones that are durable enough for day-to-day wear. And with this option, you can have the best of both worlds with a pairing of white diamonds and black sapphires all set in a rose gold contour band.
Nora Kogan Tapered Gold Band With Diamond Pavé and Je T'aime Engraving
Have a sweet reminder engraved into your wedding band to always think of your partner. This yellow gold band incorporates a white diamond pavé and a sweet engraving saying, "Je T'aime."
Todd Reed Yellow Gold Eternity Band With Black Diamonds
Long gone are the days of only being able to get a straight-edged, round ring. Turn the typical eternity band on its head with stunning black diamonds and a wavy band.
Ruth Tomlinson Yellow Gold Double Beaded Wedding Band
It's perfectly fine to opt for no gemstones in your band. But you can still get a bit of a decorative touch if you look for beading. This yellow gold option is just beaming with beaded detailing.
Sofia Kaman Rose Gold Ring With Flower Etching
Looking for something with a feminine, vintage feel? Opt for floral etching, as seen with this romantic rose gold band.
Todd Reed Yellow Gold Pavé Eternity Band
Opt for a traditional yellow gold band, but make it shine. This ring incorporates white and silver diamonds around the band for a bit of sparkle.
Emily P. Wheeler White Gold Line Ring With Baguette Diamonds
Add a little drama to your wedding band. This ring starts with a simple white gold band but incorporates a striking line of baguette diamonds for a bold look.
Catbird The Mystical Eternity Band
Step out of the box in a big way with different shapes, colors, and stones. This bold piece incorporates a yellow gold band; emerald, turquoise, citrine stones; and black, white, and yellow diamonds.
Gabriel New York White Gold Round Enhancer Band
Pair this unique white gold band with your engagement ring to really make it shine. This unique design incorporates white diamonds to make your duo of rings shine even brighter.
Lauren Wolf Yellow Gold Eternity Band With Rubies
We love the idea of adding a gemstone to a yellow gold band. But this piece is made even more beautiful with a gorgeous detailed setting for the ruby pavé band.
Marli New York White Gold and Diamond Asymmetrical Index Ring
Playing with asymmetrical designs is such a fun way to achieve a unique look. This gorgeous option is crafted with 18k white gold with channel-set and pronged brilliant-cut diamonds.
Gabriel New York White and Rose Gold Marquise Enhancer Band
This glitzy band is anything but boring. For the floral-lover who also loves a little glam, this ring pairs rose gold with white gold details and marquise diamond buds.
Buccellati Yellow Gold Eternelle Ring With Diamonds
This beautiful piece makes a bold statement. With a wide yellow gold band, contrasting with white gold bezels and stunning diamonds, this ring truly sets itself apart.
Sofia Kaman Gold Twig Band With Sapphire
Opt for a dainty design, but incorporate a few special details. We love the way this textured gold ring incorporates a simple twig and a lovely blue sapphire for the nature-loving bride.
Catbird Pas De Deux Ring
We absolutely adore the meaningful symbolism of this affection and commitment-inspired band. With two hands embracing one another, this piece offers customizable metals and is bound to always be a reminder of your lifelong best friend.
Grace Lee Yellow Gold Beaded Diamond Eternity Ring
Say goodbye to a traditional solid wedding band with this distinctive design. This yellow gold ring is wide with lovely beaded detailing throughout.
Eva Fehren Rose Gold and Champagne Diamond Pavé Zipper Ring
For the bride looking for something a little edgy, look no further. With a rose gold band paired with pale champagne diamonds, this ring is feminine with a kick.
Sofia Kaman Gold Scalloped Wedding Band
Bring together your love for all things sweet and feminine with a bit of a vintage vibe. The lacy, scalloped edge of this ring, paired with a dotted texture, makes it truly unique.
Nak Armstrong Rose Gold Wrap Ring With White Diamonds
At first glance, this wrap ring looks simple, but take a closer look at those intricate design details. Boasting recycled rose gold and tapered baguettes, this design is a dream.
Nancy Newberg Yellow Gold Diamond Dotted Band
Look for something out-of-the-box while staying true to traditional details. This gold band is a bit wider than traditional wedding bands, and dots of white diamonds add a bit of shine.
Sofia Kaman Gold Infinity Ring With Diamond Accents
Play with modern design and clean edges with a lovely infinity ring. We love the contrast between the solid gold portion and the pavé diamonds.
Catbird Spaced Diamond Band
What a beautiful way to play with a standard wedding band. This yellow gold band featuring white diamonds perfectly spaced apart is seriously stunning.
Sofia Kaman Yellow Gold Cracked Band With Pavé Set Diamonds
Add the shimmer of white diamonds to a gold band but make it distinctive. This wide band incorporates diamonds in such an unusual, beautiful way.
Ylang23 Monday Morning Mood Rose Gold Ring
Sleek and sophisticated, this 18k rose gold polished ring features two round white diamonds separated between an open-designed band. The intentional gap creates the perfect opportunity to seamlessly frame the center stone of your engagement ring.
Wwake Yellow Gold Micropavé Open Slice Ring
We love the way this ring offers both a simple design but a striking look. With yellow gold, pavé diamonds, and an open-slice design, this ring makes a statement.
Single Stone Oxidized Yellow Gold Eternity Band With Bezel Set Diamonds
Embrace a lovely vintage vibe with this ring. Choose an oxidized yellow gold band paired with bezel-set diamonds for a 1920s feel.
Anna Sheffield Rainbow Grand Tiara Band
If you're obsessed with color, your wedding band should reflect your personality. Play with multiple hues by opting for a ring that incorporates seven different bold shades.
Sofia Kaman Gold Torn Paper Band With Diamond Stripe
Choose a unique wide band with a bit of shine. This design pairs a contrasting matte yellow gold band with a striking stripe of diamonds right in the center for sparkle.
Anna Sheffield White Gold Tapered Orbit Band
Opt for a simple white gold band but with a twist. This design feels celestial with a simple V-shape in the center.
Capucinne Modern Triangle Diamond Ring
Have a little fun with an unexpected shape to put a twist on a classic style. Brilliant white triangular-shaped diamonds are set in 18k solid gold prongs. Elegant yet bold, this piece offers the perfect balance between timeless and modern.
Adel Chefridi Yellow Gold Band With Shimmer Diamonds
Make a statement with a whole lot of shimmer. This yellow gold band is decked out in diamonds for a lovely sparkle.
Sofia Kaman Gold Textured Branch Ring
Celebrate your love for nature with this textured design. The inspiration drawn from twirling branches gives this matte yellow gold ring a whimsical feel.
Harry Kotlar Yellow Gold Textured Victorian Band With Diamonds
We can't get over this subtle yet stunning design. This textured yellow gold band with diamonds throughout is such a sophisticated option.
WWAKE Carré Diamond Monolith Ring
With an antique diamond center-stone, this art deco–inspired ring is made for the edgy, unconventional, and minimalistic bride. The irregular yet intriguing placement of the square-shaped stone immediately catches the eye.
Mociun Yellow Gold Square Band With Diamonds
This design just screams regal. With a square yellow gold band and white diamonds, this crenellated design symbolizes building a strong wall or partnership together.
Shane Co. Rose Gold Ring With Sapphires and Diamonds
Really make a statement with a unique design. This ring pairs rose gold with baguette blue sapphires and white diamonds for a different look.
Lauren Wolf White Gold Half Eternity Wishbone Ring With Pavé Diamonds
Consider an eternity band with a twist. This wishbone-shaped ring shines with 20 sparkling white pavé diamonds.
Blue Nile Rose Gold Milgrain Ring With White Diamonds
Adding milgrain detailing is such a great way to make your band that much more unique. This ring is designed with rose gold with diamond pavé detailing.
Capucinne Promise Ring, 14k Gold Diamond Wedding Ring
Talk about a unique gold band. We love the symbolism of this ring as it links together with three dainty diamonds randomly scattered in the center.
Sophie Bille Brahe Yellow Gold Wavy Ocean Ring
Bring your love for the ocean into your wedding ring design. This yellow gold ring incorporates inspiration from ocean waves paired with diamonds all the way around.
Brilliant Earth Summit Wedding Ring
Symbolizing the many highs and lows of your life together, this customizable wedding band features a breathtaking image of Mount Everest that is etched into this brushed-matte band. Inspired by the natural beauty of the earth, this piece is undoubtedly memorable.
Capucinne Moon Ring, Moon Phase Ring
Both mysterious and magical, this moon-inspired ring is adorned with details reflecting the fading phases of the moon. Accompanied by a brilliant white diamond on a solid gold band, the matte finish adds an alluring and inviting touch.
What to Look for When Choosing a Unique Wedding Ring
When it comes to your wedding band, it all comes down to the metal. While the first choice that comes to mind may be the selection between rose, white, or yellow gold, there are other unique ways to transform your piece into one that truly connects to you and your partner.
Consider incorporating an engraving to create a sentimental value. "The most common engravings we see are usually dates and initials. The most unique are those who create a design or logo to be engraved into the piece," says Hung. Another way to elevate your look is to apply a striking finish. "Instead of the classic high-gloss finish, we recommend implementing a satin finish for a vintage look. For those who want to create a more industrial look, a matte finish definitely gives the ring more of an edge," Hung states.
Be intentional about the stones you select for your band, as this could very well become the focal point that determines the ultimate look. "Many times, those who want a unique engagement ring or wedding band make the choice of adding color through different gemstones," says Hung. "For those who still want to achieve a royal luxury feeling and look, emeralds and sapphires are the most suiting."
Whether you select a traditional white diamond, a sophisticated emerald or sapphire stone, or any other unexpected colored gem, there's a variety of ways to utilize stones and their cuts to create your own one-of-a-kind piece.
There's no right or wrong way to design your wedding band. However, there's no doubt that there are reoccurring trends that continue to present themselves as tried-and-true favorites.
"In 2020, we began to see an increase in trends of rose gold engagement rings and wedding bands, a metal not as widely popular in the past. And as the vintage trend continues, we've seen an increase of customers choosing 18k gold over 14k for a bolder gold color," informs Hung. Whether you decide to go for something a little more understated or a little more bold, here is your opportunity to exhibit your personal style.
- What are the most common wedding band styles? "A simple and dainty half-diamond pavé band. It is understandably popular because it pairs easily with any engagement ring and is perfect for everyday wear on their own," explains Hung.
- How can I ensure that my engagement ring doesn't clash with my unique wedding band? "For women, we actually don't get many requests for plain silver or gold wedding bands. The simple gold cigars tend to be reserved for men," Hung says. "Another wedding band style that is less common, but I am a huge fan of, is the tilted marquise. This is a full eternity band with marquise diamonds laying diagonally on top of each other instead of standing vertically or laying horizontally."
- How can I ensure that my engagement ring doesn't clash with my unique wedding band? "We recommend using the same designer and having them designed together," Hung suggests. "Bring your engagement ring in when designing the wedding band, so you can ensure the wedding band can sit flush. If planning to wear as a pair, we don't recommend choosing a large variety of cuts."
- What is an inexpensive way to make my wedding ring look unique? "Semiprecious stones, such as morganite and amethyst, are great inexpensive alternatives," recommends Hung.