How To Pair a Unique Engagement Ring with a Wedding Band

Pairing a unique engagement ring with a wedding band may be hard, but it's not impossible.
Oval center diamond with halo on plain silver band, pave diamond wedding band
Sharon Brandwein
by Sharon Brandwein
Updated Dec 03, 2021
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While your engagement ring is usually the star of the show, your wedding band plays a big supporting role; it has to complement your engagement ring but also stand alone on occasion. If you've opted for an engagement ring with a unique design, finding a complementary wedding band can become a complicated process. A solitaire setting with a round-cut center stone isn't difficult to match, but when you get into less expected stone shapes (emerald and marquise) and ring settings (halos and three-stone rings) things can get a bit tricky.

Ahead, we take a look at some unique engagement ring styles and offer a few ideas for the perfect wedding band pairing. From contoured wedding bands to chevron bands, there is no shortage of alternative wedding band options out there. And, keep in mind that if your engagement ring doesn't come with a matching band (also called a bridal set), your jeweler can always make a great suggestion.

In this article:

Solitaire Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

Solitaires are one of the most versatile ring styles to pair with a band because of their simplicity. You can stick with a classic round band because solitaires tend to sit higher on their own bands, leaving ample room for a wedding ring. Looking to add more bling? Consider pairing a solitaire engagement ring with a pavé diamond-encrusted band or larger diamond eternity band. A curved wedding band is also great for a solitaire engagement ring, as the slight dip in the wedding ring creates a frame-like effect around the center stone.

Brilliant Earth Hazel Solitaire Wedding Ring Set

Solitaire round diamond center stone and knife-edge band in platinum

While this wedding ring set from Brilliant Earth keeps it simple, it's still pretty spectacular. This solitaire engagement ring is set atop a knife-edge band and secured by a sleek claw-prong that gives it the right amount of height. Cast in platinum, the coordinating wedding band completes the look for the perfect match.

Zales Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Bridal Set

Solitaire princess diamond center stone and matching silver wedding band

Crafted in white gold, this bridal set features a princess-cut diamond solitaire secured with a traditional four-prong setting. The solitaire has just enough height so that the matching band sits flush next to it. This set is a part of Zales' line of custom engagement rings, so you have the option of choosing the diamond shape you like best (like the stunning Asscher cut option).

Amcor Design Round Bezel Engagement Ring Set

Bezel set round solitaire diamond and double gold band

Fashioned in 14k gold, this bridal set features a bezel set round-cut moissanite paired with a classic gold band. The diamond sits high enough that the wedding band fits flush against it. The end result? A bridal set that's a sleek and modern take on the classic round solitaire.

Halo Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

When pairing a wedding band with a halo engagement ring, it's important to remember that your center stone already has a sparkly frame. Look for a band that complements your blinged out setting, but doesn't compete with it. One way to pull this off is to opt for a band that uses the same stone shapes as your halo setting (so, if your halo is made up of baguette diamonds, opt for a baguette diamond band). If you're going to a more understated look, you can't go wrong with a simple pavé diamond band that mimics the sparkle of a halo, but isn't overwhelming. Another thought: Curved or notched bands mirror the shape of a halo setting and will sit flush.

Macy's Diamond Halo Bridal Set

Round diamond center stone and halo on diamond encrusted band with matching wedding band

With enough sparkle to reach the back rows at your wedding ceremony, this diamond halo bridal set features a stunning halo engagement ring and matching diamond-encrusted band.

Brilliant Earth Marseille Halo Diamond Bridal Set

Marseille diamond with floral halo and matching bands

In this halo bridal set, a floating prong setting elevates a center stone framed by a floral-inspired diamond halo. The wedding band mimics the round diamond details of the engagement ring's shank for an intricate effect.

Brilliant Earth Black Rhodium Cadenza Halo Bridal Set

Round diamond with black rhodium halo and pave diamond band set

This vintage-inspired bridal set features an ornate diamond halo with milgrain details. Pavé diamonds nestled in marquise-shaped frames adorn both bands in the set, creating a beautiful contrast with the black rhodium color of the rings.

Three-Stone Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

Three-stone settings are a popular engagement ring option because they symbolize your past, present and future. The one drawback of these sentimental styles? Their irregular shapes can be difficult to pair with wedding bands. But here's the good news: We've done the work for you. Contoured and chevron-style wedding rings work well with three-stone engagement rings because the dip or point of these band styles perfectly frames the center stone, while complementing the smaller accent stones. If your aesthetic is more classic, look for a three-stone ring where the center stones form a straight line across your finger. That way, you can opt for a more traditional wedding band that will sit flush.

Anna Sheffield Bea Suit No. 5

Emerald center diamond bordered by two tapered diamonds on gold band, pave diamond gold wedding band

This wedding band doesn't sit flush—and that's the whole point. A curved, diamond-encrusted band aptly named the "tiara" band sits atop this three-stone ring. A huge plus of a band that doesn't have to sit flush? It can work with pretty much any engagement ring design.

Brilliant Earth Antique Scroll Three Stone Trellis Diamond Bridal Set

Princess diamond center stone bordered by two round diamonds, gold bands with scroll designs and pave diamonds

You don't have to forgo intricate details to have a cohesive-looking bridal set. This antique-inspired, three-stone stunner is engraved with delicate scrolls and features a three-stone trellis setting flanked by two brilliant round diamond side stones. The contoured wedding band frames the center stone and sits flush against the engagement ring.

Princess-Cut Lab-Created White Sapphire Three Stone Bridal Set in Sterling Silver

Three princess diamonds on thick pave diamond silver band with matching wedding band

Shopping on a budget? This three-stone bridal set featuring a trio of princess-cut, lab-created white sapphires set in sterling silver won't break the bank but is totally timeless.

Twisted Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

While pairing an engagement ring with a twisted shank with a wedding band might seem tricky, it's actually one of the easiest types of sparklers to match. Here's the secret: Opt for a wedding band that mimics the twisted design of your engagement ring. If that's too much detail for you, you could also go for a thin wedding ring to keep the focus on your engagement ring.

Pear-Shaped Diamond Frame Twist Split Shank Bridal Set

Pear diamond with halo and twist split shank rose gold bands

This stunning set features a pear-shaped in a halo setting with a diamond-encrusted twisted shank. A contoured diamond pavé band finishes the set. The final look? Sparkle on sparkle.

Keyzar Dainty Twig Engagement Set

Round center moissanite with small diamonds on twisted twig rose gold bands

Calling all boho brides. This moissanite engagement ring is all about whimsy. Both the engagement ring and wedding band have identical twig-inspired motifs, embellished with round-cut moissanite.

Macy's Certified Diamond Cushion Halo Twist Bridal Set

Square center diamond with halo and twisted pave silver band, matching silver pave wedding band

If twisted wedding bands aren't for you, consider a classic pavé diamond band. Thanks to the high setting of this twisted engagement ring, the diamond-encrusted wedding band nests perfectly.

Oval Engagement Ring With a Wedding Band

If you choose an oval engagement ring, you have plenty of options for your wedding band. Oval engagement rings pair best with contoured or chevron-style wedding bands that frame the elongated stone, allowing for a flush fit between the ring and band. Twisted wedding bands also work well with oval-shaped diamonds. If you want to keep the focus on the engagement ring, you can also opt for a thin wedding band that sits comfortably under the center stone. A standard round band will work as well, provided the center stone in your engagement ring has a prong setting and sits higher on its band.

FYM Jewelry Design Oval-Cut Moissanite And Rose Gold Marquise Cluster Wedding Ring Set

Oval cut center moissanite with marquise cut accents on rose gold band, matching rose gold wedding band with diamond accents

This two-piece wedding ring set pairs an oval-cut moissanite engagement ring with a contoured wedding band. Crafted in rose gold, the center stone is flanked by marquise-cut diamond accent stones, and the band is elegantly embellished with your choice of round-cut diamonds or moissanite gemstones.

Zales Oval Diamond Bridal Set in Platinum

Center oval diamond on silver double band with smaller oval diamonds

Fashioned in platinum, this ring showcases a dazzling oval-cut diamond with smaller oval-shaped diamonds that line the shank. The wedding band is a standard round band, but it works well with this engagement ring's high prong setting.

Zales Oval Diamond Frame Collar Bridal Set in 14K White Gold

Oval center diamond with halo on plain silver band, pave diamond wedding band

Sometimes more is more. This bridal set features an ornate halo setting plus a pavé diamond band that nests perfectly under the engagement ring for megawatt shine.

Marquise Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

Contoured bands or chevron-style wedding bands are also the perfect partners for marquise-cut diamonds. The pointed V-shape of the band perfectly complements the point of the marquise, and the results are stunning. Even better, you can switch up how you wear the two from day to day. Wear them nested or turn the band around facing the V in the opposite direction. Similar to engagement rings with oval center stones, you can also opt for a pavé or plain band if you have a higher prong setting.

Jared Marquise Diamond Bridal Set Round in 14K White Gold

Marquise diamond center with halo and double diamond pave bands in white gold

Not all contoured wedding bands have a dramatic look. This pavé one is only slightly contoured to fit snugly against this elaborate halo setting.

Neil Lane Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring Set

Marquise center diamond with double halo and diamond encrusted bands

Dainty stacks aren't for everyone. The diamond-encrusted band in this glitzy bridal set sits so flush it gives the illusion of a ring with a double halo plus double bands for maximum sparkle.

Zales Marquise Diamond Frame Bridal Set

Marquise diamond center with white gold ribbon borders and double diamond framed band

This showstopper features a marquise-cut diamond surrounded by bypassing ribbons of 14K white gold. The contoured diamond-accented wedding band matches perfectly and sits comfortably under the engagement ring.

Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring With Wedding Band

Emerald-cut stones are traditionally step cut, meaning their sparkle is more understated than round brilliant-cut diamonds. If you opted for an emerald-cut center stone but want to add more bling to your ring, consider a diamond eternity band with baguettes or pavé diamonds. This more opulent style will play up the sparkle of your center stone—but won't overpower it.

Zales Emerald-Cut Diamond Frame Bridal Set in 14K White Gold

Emerald cut center diamond with halo and plain silver band and pave diamond band

This stunning set features an emerald-cut diamond sitting atop a white gold band. The coordinating wedding ring is diamond encrusted, but lets the elaborate halo setting really shine.

Jared Emerald And Round Cut Diamond Bridal Set

Emerald center diamond with double halo and double pave diamond white gold bands

This gorgeous ring features an emerald-cut diamond framed by a double halo of sparkling round diamonds. More diamonds line the 14K white gold wedding band, which is slightly contoured for a perfect fit.

Zales Emerald-Cut Diamond Frame Scallop Shank Bridal Set in 14K Two-Tone Gold

Emerald center diamond with thin border and diamond halo on scalloped diamond double band with rose gold interior

Crafted in 14K two-toned gold, this vintage-inspired engagement ring set features an emerald-cut diamond surrounded by a milgrain border plus a diamond halo. The matching engagement ring shank and wedding band feature the same scalloped details for a perfect pair.

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