Unique Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairings

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Updated 11/13/17

Elizabeth Cooney

Narrowing in on an engagement ring style is hard enough with an abundant amount of jaw-dropping diamonds, gemstones and uniquely crafted silhouettes on the market. Then there’s the wedding band—another focal point to consider that, more often than not, can wind up being an afterthought in the ring buying process. Next, factor in the desire to have a distinctive ring set that feels one-of-a-kind and you’ve got yourself a challenge. Right? Well, fret not.

While it all starts with the engagement ring—a natural focal point for many brides-to-be—a great way to carry out a unique ring look is considering a wedding band from the get-go. Whether you’ve been dreaming of a classically cut stone, a one-of-a-kind setting, or an avant-garde shape, chances are you want your rings to feel inordinately special. That special quality is more easily attainable when a band is immediately part of the equation. This doesn’t mean you need to shell out for both rings right away. Simply considering a band from the beginning will help make sure you end up with a ring pairing you love, that feels like you and sits beautifully in tandem whether together on one finger to split between your right and left. Harmony is key here, but a perfect unison isn’t required. You can go outside the box and try styles that may not naturally seem like they would be worn in combination. Think about it as a way to add interest by way of an unanticipated mix.

If you favor timeless style, it's fun to slightly sidestep tradition by selecting an unexpected band to offset your classic ring. You can go for stones in a contrasting cut or pattern, or pick a band in the opposite metal as your engagement ring for unexpected juxtaposition. These options are fresh without feeling overtly trendy. Plus, you can always have a more classic band on standby if this modern look loses its allure at any point.

If you’re going for a super unique engagement ring style, sourcing a complimentary band can seemingly make the process harder. But it’s not. Think about complimentary shapes that will look cool in contrast or share similar design details. We’re even for stacking a few rings together to create a “suite” as some jewelry designers refer to it. The result is achingly cool, especially if you’re less into a blinged-out look and more into texture and layers.

Think a unique engagement ring and wedding band pairing is right for you? Discover our edit of combinations to try ahead. We guarantee each will make sure your ring set is a spectacular one.

Eva Fehren

Courtesy of Eva Fehren

The Premier, price upon request, Eva Fehren

The Shorty, price upon request, Eva Fehren


Courtesy of Azlee

Shield Cut Diamond, price upon request, Azlee

Glow Diamond Band, $1,360, Azlee


Courtesy of Dauphin

Disruptive Oval Cut Ring in White Gold, price upon request, Dauphin

Volume Ring, price upon request, Dauphin

Anna Sheffield

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

Hazeline Suite No. 18, $8,300, Anna Sheffield

Jade Trau

Courtesy of Jade Trau

Astor Ring & Band, price upon request, Jade Trau

Bario Neal

Courtesy of Bario Neal

Nikko Pear White Sapphire Ring, priced from $1,360, Bario Neal

Curved Narrow Half Eternity Band, priced from $805 to $1194, Bario Neal

Suzanne Kalan

Courtesy of Suzanne Kalan

18K White Gold Devoted Round Ring, $7,600, Suzanne Kalan

18K White Gold Eternity Band, $5,600, Suzanne Kalan

Lauren Wolf Jewelry

Lauren Wolf Jewelry

Contemporary Set, $5,950, Lauren Wolf Jewelry

Spinelli Kilcollin

Courtesy of Spinelli Killcollin

Amor ring, price upon request, Spinelli Kilcollin

Ceres ring, $5,000, Spinelli Kilcollin

Jemma Wynne

Courtesy of Jemma Wynne

Prive Emerald Cut Diamond Ring, price upon request, Jemma Wynne

Prive Open Band Ring with Diamonds, price upon request, Jemma Wynne


Courtesy of Danhov

Solo Filo Split Shank Engagement Ring, priced from $4,650 not including center stone, Danhov

Abbraccio Curved Diamond Band, $3,000, Danhov


Courtesy of Kwiat

Ashoka Diamond Wedding Ring, $33,900, Kwiat

Ashoka Diamond Wedding Ring, price upon request, Kwiat

Kat Kim

Courtesy of Kat Kim

Diamond Marquise Crescendo Ring, $3,000, Kat Kim

Open Thread Band, $1,550, Kat Kim

aprés jewelry

The Balliér Ring in Oval Cut, priced from $1,750, aprés jewelry

Bliss Lau

Courtesy of Bliss Lau

Acute Centered Slide Ring Pair, $10,229, Bliss Lau

Tiffany & Co.

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Pavé Tiffany® Setting, price upon request, Tiffany & Co.

Pavé Tiffany® Setting Band Ring, $12,000, Tiffany & Co.


Courtesy of Wwake

Nestled Rose Cut Diamond & Open Slice Pairing, $2,091, Wwake

David Yurman

Courtesy of David Yurman

DY Crossover Pave Engagement Ring, price upon request, David Yurman

DY Capri Pavé Nesting Wedding Band in Platinum with Diamonds, 2.3mm, $2,950, David Yurman

Nora Kogan

Courtesy of Nora Kogan

Paloma Ring, $2,700, Nora Kogan

Skinny Ring, $3,650, Nora Kogan

Anita Ko

Courtesy of Anita Ko

Duchess Eternity Ring, $4,000, Anita Ko

Floating Diamond Ring, $7,000, Anita Ko


Courtesy of Mocium

Bullet Cut Diamond Ring, $4,400, Mocium

Baguette Mini Curved Band, $2,100, Mocium


Courtesy of Yeprem

18K White Gold Diamond Ring, $5,200, Yeprem

Wrap Band Diamond Ring, $7,800, Yeprem

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