If you haven’t noticed, we’re currently deep into wedding season, but it’s also a perfect time to start engagement ring planning if you intend to pop the question later this year. We usually keep all the focus on the cut, color, carat and clarity of the diamond- which IS a major factor- but other ring details should not be overlooked.
This year we’re seeing a major trend in custom designed engagement rings, and the details can make all the difference! One aspect of the ring we don’t often consider is band thickness. This feature can often completely transform the entire look of an engagement ring.
Thinner engagement ring bands have seen a rise in popularity over the last several years, from Kim Kardashian to recently engaged Dancing With The Stars couple Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Our clients love the way a thinner, more petit band perfectly highlights the center gemstone, providing a simple and elegant look. Skinnier bands will often feature accent diamonds that add subtle shimmer to the center stone, providing that extra wow factor.
The average engagement ring band width is around 2.5mm, but smaller bands from 1.5mm to 2mm are growing more common. It doesn’t sound like a big difference, but a single millimeter can make or break your engagement ring choice.
If you’re considering a delicate, smaller band for your custom engagement ring, here are a few factors to keep in mind:
Thinner bands tend to become weaker with wear and as it comes into contact with other objects over time. Accent diamonds in a thin band cause the metal to be less substantial, so it’s important to choose a stronger option- like platinum, for a pave band.
Depending on the type of work your lady does, width may not be a big deal- but if she regularly plays sports, does any heavy lifting or has any rough duties on the job- it would be best to go with at least a 2mm band.
In addition, regular polishing and refinishing could weaken a thinner band overtime.
Skinnier bands use less material, resulting in a lighter ring. Less material is also less costly, and often savings can be transferred to a better quality material for the band or higher priced gemstone.
Lightweight bands also make for a more comforting fit, depending on her preference.
Thinner engagement bands are easier to mix and match when it comes to adding a wedding band. Thin bands look good with both a wider wedding band or simple, smaller styles. We’re seeing more brides stack on the sparkle with multiple smaller bands for a unique look.
Many bride-to-be’s have recently favored a more classic, minimal engagement ring, and for good reason. Dainty bands lay the foundation for a gemstone to really stand out and can make a smaller diamond appear much larger and brighter.
A large stone on a delicate band makes an even more gorgeous statement, but it’s not seen often due to concerns with a heavier gemstone on a weaker shank.
Thinner bands are perfect for those with daintier hands. Slender hands and fingers are easily overpowered by bands over 2mm in thickness, while smaller bands can look disproportionate on wider fingers.
Thinner engagement ring styles are a timeless and elegant choice, and will allow any gemstone choice to pop.
It’s never too early to take note of her jewelry preference now to help you design the perfect engagement ring when the time comes. Ring band width can play a major role in the overall look of a ring, and she’ll appreciate the attention to detail in a custom designed ring.
Do you have plans to pop the question?
If so, allow us to create a one-of-a kind engagement ring of her dreams
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