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Is there a June wedding in your future? If so, May is prime time for buying wedding bands. Traditionally, a simple gold band or a matching band to an engagement ring was the norm; but today’s brides and grooms show that anything goes.
Here are some current trends to help guide you, your daughters (and sons), and friends when it comes to this important purchase.
The trend for brides’ wedding bands
- Vintage is new again. According to The Knot, round center stones, surrounded by small stones, filigree, and fine engraving are in high demand.
- Colored stones. As we’ve discussed in other articles, colored diamonds (like yellow canary) are sizzling hot right now. Brides are also opting for other gems—sapphires, emeralds, or birthstones. Settings can be contemporary or classic.
- Stacking. Some brides are opting to get several thin eternity jeweled bands to wear together. As the Knot points out, this has the added fun of getting additional bands to commemorate significant occasions. And you can mix and match stones in the different bands.
- Pave. What’s better than a glistening array of sparklers? Having pave around the larger stone keeps the metal of the band from showing.
Here comes the groom
Today, wedding band trends relate to grooms, not just brides:
- Gold, it’s so old. If your groom doesn’t want traditional gold, then how about rose gold, tungsten, platinum, titanium, or even wood! Plus, we’re seeing more two-tone rings, like gold and platinum.
- A little sparkle. Brides don’t have a lock on diamonds and other gems. Men’s bands can offer a stone—either a diamond or another colored gem.
- Forget the high shine. Matte finishes are becoming more popular than the traditional high-gloss gold band.
Times change and styles do, too. Don’t get boxed in by tradition when you’re looking for wedding bands. Consider your lifestyle and taste. And let yourself go for the ring that will bring a smile to your face for decades to come.
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