New Wedding Band Styles Make a Statement

Variations on the most common karat-gold bands aren’t as limited as they might seem. The simplest ones merely make use of alternative metals, such as platinum or titanium. Some boast a non-standard finish ? Florentine, hammered, matte, satin or high polish. Combinations of two, or even three, metals and/or textures in braided strands, bands or geometrical designs offer myriad ways to put a new spin on the old classic.
Wider bands are perfect for showing off these non-traditional options.Gemstones, once reserved for engagement rings ? and therefore, women ? have found their way into the wedding bands of both sexes. Elegant and classy, diamonds remain the most popular gem choice, and are often featured in geometrical placement around the entire band. Understated stone treatments might be showcased on men’s rings, while women are sporting wedding bands with multiple diamonds or colored stones that often complement their engagement rings.
More decorative metal designs incorporate engraved embellishments, filigree, scrollwork or beaded borders. Sculptural and hand-carved designs or fluid patterns are livening up rings, and even borrowing from past eras with Art Nouveau or Edwardian features. Cultural elements ? Irish claddaghs, Celtic knots, Russian interlocking bands ? can imbue the ring with even more significance.
You followed your heart in choosing a betrothed; now follow your heart in selecting a wedding band that is just right for you. Of all the choices you’ll make in planning your special day, only the wedding band serves as an enduring symbol of the promise, ?With this ring, I thee wed.?