When searching for the perfect engagement ring, you’ll notice that there’s one thing most of the traditional options have in common: the width of the band. Classic engagement rings typically feature a thin, delicate band, a look that will seemingly never go out of style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t opt for something different—a new trend that has been gaining steam in the wedding world is wide band engagement rings, and they offer a unique and practical look that may better suit your lifestyle.
What Is a Wide Band Engagement Ring?
A wide band engagement ring is defined as any band that is larger than 2.5MM wide. For comparison, the standard shank size for an engagement ring is 1.8-2MM wide.
According to jeweler Dan Moran of Concierge Diamonds, a wide band ring is ideal for someone who does a lot of work with their hands or lives a really active lifestyle, as they can be sturdier and more durable than something tiny and dainty. It’s obviously going to be a considerably different look than a super-thin band, but that’s not a bad thing.
Meet the Expert
Dan Moran is the founder of Concierge Diamonds. As a concierge fine jeweler, Moran sources diamonds and gemstones, metals, and other items to create custom pieces for his clients.
If you want a ring that stands out in a crowd, a wide band is definitely one to consider. Here’s what to know before you purchase one.
Pros of Wide Band Engagement Rings
Wide bands can really allow you to get creative with your ring, giving you more room to add glittering stones if your budget allows. They’re also ideal for stacking, which is great when it comes time to add a wedding band. They tend to look a bit less traditionally feminine and more androgynous.
The biggest advantage of wide bands, though, is that they are stronger than super thin bands. Moran notes that while micro rings may be visually appealing, they’re not the most practical option because they aren’t meant to be worn every day. “The trend is swinging back to wider bands now because of the issues micro rings have become synonymous with, like bending easily and losing pavé,” Moran says.
“With a wider band for your engagement ring, you’re not only giving yourself more metal to support your center diamond if you have a large stone, but you’re making sure that you have enough metal on the prongs to secure any diamond pavé you have on the shank so it doesn't pop out if you knock your hand against something,” Moran goes on to explain. He also adds that wide bands can better endure stress tests—for example, they won’t bend or buckle as much if you’re doing something like carrying five grocery bags in one hand.
Cons of Wide Band Engagement Rings
While wide bands certainly offer more room for extra sparkle and gems, it’s important to remember that those added jewels cost more money. “A drawback could mean a potentially heftier price tag because you’re working with more precious metals in your ring,” Moran points out. “More gold and platinum means that the ring might cost more.”
And, of course, the modern look of a wide band isn’t for everyone. One of the most appealing things about a thin band is that they make even a smaller center diamond look larger in comparison, while a wide band may do the opposite.
Below, find 20 wide band engagement rings to inspire your own accessory.
Jared 3 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
From an overhead view, the wide band of this ring almost makes it look like three different bands. This unique style features tiny round diamonds nestled in a square, framed by additional diamonds, with even more diamonds on the 14K white gold band.
SHOP NOW: Jared, $5,499.99
Gabriel & Co. 14K White Gold Round Diamond Engagement Ring
This modern look features a wide white gold band with a brushed finish. It’s divided by a sparkling row of channel-set diamonds and features a round center stone.
SHOP NOW: Gabriel & Co., $3,450
Love Story Wide Band Engagement Ring
A more unique look than your typical diamond-studded band, this band features smooth 14K white gold. The center stone is framed in curves of glittering diamonds for a little added sparkle.
SHOP NOW: Love Story, $1,495
Blue Nile Wide Band Solitaire Engage Ring
This option is ideal for anyone who prefers yellow gold. The yellow gold band features a round center stone for something that manages to be bold and subtle all at once.
SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $950
Jared 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
The band on this luxe ring features tons of sparkle, with both round diamonds and baguette diamonds. Small round diamonds are arranged in a pretty cluster in the center stone area.
SHOP NOW: Jared, $4,999
James Allen 14K White Gold Engagement Ring
Three thin bands of diamonds come together to create a wide band here—from overhead, this one has a slightly more dainty look to it. The center stone is surrounded by a glittering halo with pavé accents in the under gallery.
SHOP NOW: James Allen, $4,730
Brilliant Earth Wide Semi-Bezel Diamond Ring
This ring features a round diamond in a semi-bezel setting sitting in the center of a super modern plain, wide band that is a large 7MM. It’s simple but will stand out on your finger.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, price upon request
Shane Co. Oval Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
With a total of 134 diamonds in this ring, it’s definitely going to sparkle in any light. The wider band features lots of little diamonds, while the center stone is surrounded by two glittering halos.
SHOP NOW: Shane Co., $4,350
Tacori Petite Crescent Triple Row Cushion Halo Engagement Setting
Three bands featuring pavé diamonds halfway around them form the wide band of this beautiful ring. The round center stone sits in a halo of small diamonds that resembles a flower shape.
SHOP NOW: J.R. Dunn, $9,880
Private Label The Round Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting in Platinum
This ring is proof that even a wide band can offer a traditional look. The 3MM platinum band is simple and modern, and the round sent diamond sits up above the band for a classic style.
SHOP NOW: J.R. Dunn, $2,330
Tempel Half-Bezel Solitaire
This is a one-of-a-kind ring that features a chunky, 4MM band. The antique diamond sits in sturdy half-bezels that were hand-finished for a mix of strong lines and soft curves.
SHOP NOW: No. 3, $15,500
Mars Round Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring Setting
The band features channel-set diamonds surrounded by two bands of small pavé diamonds for a ton of sparkle. A center round diamonds sits in a diamond-encrusted double halo for more of a cushion-cut shape.
SHOP NOW: J.R. Dunn, $2,340
Ashley Zhang Old European Cut Wide Diamond Band
This super unique ring is actually vintage—it’s from the late art deco era and is made with antique diamonds. The center stone is a 0.90-carat old European cut diamond, which is set into five rows of pavé single cut diamond bands that come together to form one wide band.
SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang Jewelry, $3,800
SHW Vedi Ring in Gold
A very different sort of wide band, this one comes in at 4MM but is split so it doesn’t look quite as chunky and bold as some of the other options here. The negative spaces make this simple and timeless.
SHOP NOW: SHW Jewelry, $8,640
Ceremony Brier Ring
Another unique look, this ring features a two-tone band with a round diamond accentuated by an 18k white gold frame. The yellow band measures 4.5MM in the front, then tapers slightly in the back for extra comfort.
SHOP NOW: Ceremony, $4,200
Shahla Karimi Pear and Baguette Gap Band
This ring features two trends at once: a wide band (at 5MM) and a gap. This gap separates a claw-set pear diamond from a side step-cut baguette diamond for a modern, unique, and fun look.
SHOP NOW: Shahla Karimi, $2,450
Mars Round Pave Diamond Triple Band Engagement Ring
There’s no shortage of sparkle with this ring, which features a pavé diamond-embellished triple band and a round center cut diamond in platinum.
SHOP NOW: J.R. Dunn, $2,745
Ceremony Giverny Oval Ring
If you’re looking for something wide, but not too wide, this Ceremony ring is perfect: at 2.7MM, it just counts as a wide band. This take on a Victorian-era ring features a trio of stones centered on a gold band.
SHOP NOW: Ceremony, $4,900
Grace Lee Demi Globe Plus 9
Another unique and modern option, this ring features a 9MM domed band. In the center is a cluster of three marquise diamonds, three pear diamonds, and three trillion diamonds for tons of sparkle and shine.
SHOP NOW: Grace Lee, $9,880
Shahla Karimi East West Baguette Offset Double Ring
With more of a masculine vibe than traditional engagement rings, this offset option looks like it’s two bands instead of just one. The widest measures at 3.9MM, while the thinner band is 1.9MM.
SHOP NOW: Shahla Karimi, $4,590