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The Pros and Cons of Curved Wedding Bands

Curved wedding bands guide

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Also called notched rings or v-cut rings, curved wedding bands are designed with a dip on one side. Unlike straight wedding rings, these are created to purposefully provide a better fit for engagement rings that feature large stones.

In this article, we’ve got all the information you need to know about curved wedding bands, including the pros and cons of choosing one for your special day.

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Popular Styles of Curved Wedding Bands

curved wedding band

Curved tiara wedding band with morganite engagement ring by Dy Fine Jewelry. See it here.

Curved wedding bands first gained popularity in the Victorian era and once again staged a comeback in the Art Deco Period. Today, they’re starting to regain popularity and are often chosen by modern brides. As a result, designers around the world are coming up with a wide range of beautiful, inspired styles of curved wedding bands

If you’re searching for a unique wedding band that will perfectly complement the rock in your engagement ring, here are some of the most popular curved band styles you could choose from:

Soft Curve Finish

Soft curved diamond wedding band

14K Diamond wedding band with soft curve by Diamond Fine Jewelry. See it here.

At first glance, soft-curve finish bands look similar to straight wedding rings, because the notch or dip is very minimal and you will only notice it up close. A soft-curved band may be as plain or as intricate as you want it to be and is a perfect match for engagement rings that have small to medium-sized gems.

If you want a cohesive-looking engagement ring but don’t want to steer too far away from the sleek, polished look of a classic straight ring, a soft curved band would be a great choice for you.

Sharp V-Cut

v shape curved wedding ring

V-shaped Chevron wedding ring by Artsy Jewels Era. See it here.

Unlike the soft curve finish, curved rings have a sharp v-cut with a very noticeable notch. They’re perfect for brides whose engagement rings feature a large diamond or gemstone. The idea here is that the sharp dip will nestle the gemstone on your engagement ring perfectly, so that there won’t be any gaps when you wear both rings together.

Irregular Curve

Irregular curved wedding band

Irregular curved rings by Blue Nile. See it here.

If your engagement ring has an irregular shape, like when the precious stone is not set in the center or when the band is not a perfect circle, you can go for a band with an irregular curve instead. While there are some pre-designed irregular curved rings, you might need to have one custom-made to really tailor-fit the shape and size of your engagement band as well as your finger.

Open-Ended

Open ended diamond wedding band

Open-ended diamond wedding band by NP Fine Jewelry. See it here.

Taking irregular curved rings to the next level, open-ended wedding rings are not perfect circles, but feature two ends that don’t meet. This type of wedding band shows off the engagement ring, making it perfect for brides with large diamond or gemstone engagement rings.

Metal Weave

Metal weave wedding band

Hand woven sterling silver weave ring by Von Frost Jewelry. Check price here.

One of the most subtle styles of the curved wedding ring is the metal weave. While other styles typically feature solid rings that are just notched on one side, metal weaves feature two metal bands styled in a weave pattern, creating several dips or notches.

You can fit the gemstone on your engagement ring against any of these dips. Most curved wedding bands have a ‘right side up,’ but metal weaves are just as flexible as straight bands.

Which Engagement Rings Suit Curved Wedding Bands?

As mentioned earlier, curved wedding bands are specifically designed as a perfect companion for your engagement ring.

They look perfect with halo style engagement rings. They also sit well with any other type of ring that has a stone big enough to create a gap when worn with a typical straight wedding ring, like this large solitaire ring set with a tiara-style wedding band.

On the other hand, a curved wedding ring might not look its best if paired with plain engagement rings or rings with embedded gemstones. This would defeat the purpose of getting a curved ring in the first place.

Pros of Choosing a Curved Wedding Ring

If you’re still having trouble deciding whether to get a curved wedding ring for your special day, you might want to weigh the pros and cons first. Let’s take a look at the advantages of a curved wedding ring.

  1. It creates a solid look when paired with your engagement ring. It can be quite hard to find a straight wedding ring that perfectly hugs the contours of your engagement ring. This usually results in an unpolished look with portions of your finger showing when you wear your two precious rings together. A curved wedding ring can solve this issue and give your ring finger a more elegant look.
  1. You’ll have many unique designs to choose from. Curved wedding rings are inherently unique. When you get one tailored to your engagement ring, you can rest assured that no other bride in the world will have the exact same wedding ring as yours.

Cons of Choosing a Curved Wedding Ring

Still, going with a curved wedding ring is not without its disadvantages:

  1. It’s a lifetime commitment to wearing two rings always. A curved wedding ring can raise a lot of questions when seen without its accompanying engagement ring. This means you might feel compelled to wear both rings all the time, which may not be practical for everyone, especially for those who use their hands a lot when working.
  1. Curved rings are harder to repair or resize. Straight and plain rings are a breeze to repair and resize, but the same can’t be said for curved rings. These rings are rather expensive to modify, if at all possible.

How to Choose the Perfect Curved Band

If you feel that the advantages of a curved wedding ring far outweighs its disadvantages, then the only thing left to do is come in for a fitting and pick the right style. Here are some tips to make sure you get the perfect curved wedding ring for you:

  • Bring your engagement ring to the fitting. It goes without saying that your jeweler would need to see the engagement ring in order to get the right dimensions for your curved ring.
  • Match the size, width, and size of your engagement ring. If you’re going for a pre-made wedding ring, then you simply have to find the perfect match for your engagement ring. Take note that huge differences in color, width, and size could result in a tacky combination, so make sure to find a curved ring that goes well with your engagement band.

Is It the Right Choice for You?

Your wedding, your choice. All the tips mentioned in this article are just recommendations, but at the end of the day the decision is all yours. Just keep in mind that your wedding band is something that you’re supposed to wear forever, along with your engagement ring. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you get pieces you truly love and adore looking at.

Wrapping Up

Curved wedding rings are unique pieces of jewelry that highlight the beauty and shine of your engagement ring. Whether or not it’s the best choice for you depends on what your engagement ring looks like, as well as your specific preferences. If you prefer to go with a curved wedding band, doing a little extra digging will help you find one that will make your wedding day extra special.