Fashion — Engagement Rings & Jewelry
A Guide to Ethereal Wedding Band Styles
Our curated edit of ethereal wedding band styles and guide to pairing the perfect design with your engagement ring.
Often an after-thought in the ritual of engagement shopping, the wedding band has the power to transform the look of your wedding ring stack completely. From whimsical bands dusted in petite diamonds to modern rings in sleek gold styles, wedding band aesthetics offer a myriad of styling possibilities.
When searching for the engagement ring that speaks to your unique aesthetic, it’s important to consider the size, shape and height of the wedding ring as this will determine the kind of band that will fit perfectly. A high-profile diamond setting will layer flush against most wedding bands, while uniquely cut stones or diamond clusters may require a crown band to nestle neatly around them.
Inspired by our favorite fine jewelers worldwide, we’ve compiled an edit of ethereal wedding band styles to suit a diverse range of engagement rings, ready to shop now.
Pictured Above: SAVANE Fine Jewelry
Ethereal Nesting Bands
Dusted with clusters of rare gemstones or radiant diamonds, nesting bands make an airy accompaniment to any engagement ring. These are wedding bands sculpted to perfectly curve around the hero stone of your engagement ring, no matter the cut or carat, eliminating those unexpected difficulties when it comes to matching your band to the shape of your engagement ring. Weave an effortless stack with wave-inspired rings by White November or v-shaped bands by Grew & Co that delicately intertwine around your stone, or opt for a more opulent statement piece with a three-stone nesting band from Annoushka, reminiscent of a crown. Or, opt for the inverse of a crown with an open band, like SAVANE Fine Jewelry.
Scattered Stone Bands
A sparkling alternative to a classic gold wedding band, this gossamer-like style incorporates multiple diamond or gemstone cuts with sculptural settings. Far from traditional, the diamonds or gemstones float in irregular formations as if hovering on the engagement finger. Imbued with delicate femininity, this style spills with textural nuance and catches light from all angles beautifully. Designed with an ethereal sensibility, scattered diamond bands are considered statement pieces that perfectly accentuate rather than overtake the beauty of solitaire diamond engagement rings.
Contemporary Stacking Bands
Classical gold bands have been reinvigorated for modern couples, with unconventional cuts, textures and shapes for a truly contemporary interpretation. Embrace sharp knife-edged bands by Sarah and Sebastian or layer thick and rounded yellow-gold bands by Jessica McCormack against decadent blackened-gold set diamonds for an interesting juxtaposition. Layer sharp shield, kite or marquise cut diamonds with voluminous bands by Azlee for a truly architectural statement that draws the eye against layered, graphic lines, or soften your statement stack with a rounded triple-band by Natasha Schweitzer.
Textural Diamond Bands
While classical in nature, the diamond wedding band has been reinvigorated with unexpected settings and diamond cuts. Experiment with combinations of two, three or four side beads around round diamonds to sharpen your band into the appearance of geometric shape, or opt for unconventional diamond shapes to create texture, like east-to-west set pear diamonds. Draw outside the lines of traditional with contrasting white and yellow-gold diamond bands layered together by Jessica McCormack for an eye-catching juxtaposition, or embrace the unexpected with checkered diamond bands by Azlee for something truly out of the ordinary. More than just a supplementary accessory to the engagement ring, textural diamond wedding bands make a statement all on their own.
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