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.
The Premier, price upon request, Eva Fehren
The Shorty, price upon request, Eva Fehren
Shield Cut Diamond, price upon request, Azlee
Glow Diamond Band, $1,360, Azlee
Disruptive Oval Cut Ring in White Gold, price upon request, Dauphin
Volume Ring, price upon request, Dauphin
Hazeline Suite No. 18, $8,300, Anna Sheffield
Astor Ring & Band, price upon request, Jade Trau
Nikko Pear White Sapphire Ring, priced from $1,360, Bario Neal
Curved Narrow Half Eternity Band, priced from $805 to $1194, Bario Neal
18K White Gold Devoted Round Ring, $7,600, Suzanne Kalan
18K White Gold Eternity Band, $5,600, Suzanne Kalan
Contemporary Set, $5,950, Lauren Wolf Jewelry
Amor ring, price upon request, Spinelli Kilcollin
Ceres ring, $5,000, Spinelli Kilcollin
Prive Emerald Cut Diamond Ring, price upon request, Jemma Wynne
Prive Open Band Ring with Diamonds, price upon request, Jemma Wynne
Solo Filo Split Shank Engagement Ring, priced from $4,650 not including center stone, Danhov
Abbraccio Curved Diamond Band, $3,000, Danhov
Ashoka Diamond Wedding Ring, $33,900, Kwiat
Ashoka Diamond Wedding Ring, price upon request, Kwiat
Diamond Marquise Crescendo Ring, $3,000, Kat Kim
Open Thread Band, $1,550, Kat Kim
The Balliér Ring in Oval Cut, priced from $1,750, aprés jewelry
Acute Centered Slide Ring Pair, $10,229, Bliss Lau
Pavé Tiffany® Setting, price upon request, Tiffany & Co.
Pavé Tiffany® Setting Band Ring, $12,000, Tiffany & Co.
Nestled Rose Cut Diamond & Open Slice Pairing, $2,091, Wwake
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
Paloma Ring, $2,700, Nora Kogan
Skinny Ring, $3,650, Nora Kogan
Duchess Eternity Ring, $4,000, Anita Ko
Floating Diamond Ring, $7,000, Anita Ko
Bullet Cut Diamond Ring, $4,400, Mocium
Baguette Mini Curved Band, $2,100, Mocium
18K White Gold Diamond Ring, $5,200, Yeprem
Wrap Band Diamond Ring, $7,800, Yeprem