What’s the Difference Between a Wedding Ring and a Wedding Band?

What’s the Difference Between a Wedding Ring and a Wedding Band?

Let’s finally put an end to the seemingly never-ending confusion about a wedding band and a wedding ring. Before we begin one must acknowledge that the two terms are used interchangeably and essentially mean the same. After all, it is an ornament that symbolizes one’s marital status. But the two have technical differences that are elaborated in the following text:

Wedding Bands Can Be Worn by Both the Genders, Whereas Wedding Rings Are Exclusively Feminine

The main difference between a wedding band and a wedding ring is that you will never (or rarely) see the latter on a man. Wedding rings are curated to have a more feminine and dainty look. Whereas wedding bands can be worn by both genders if they wish to go for a minimalistic or complimenting look.

The Material is the Cynosure of a Wedding Band, Whereas the Wedding Rings Are More Gemstone-Centered

If you want to differentiate a wedding band from a wedding ring at the very first glance, then see what element is highlighted on it. Wedding bands usually draw attention to the material they are made of. This can be gold (white, rose, or yellow), titanium, platinum, palladium, tungsten, tantalum, cobalt, meteorite, or carbon fiber. Some wedding bands may have a diamond embedded in them, but it never stands out. Meanwhile, wedding rings have a diamond on top – thus, with sister stones or ring settings, the material remains hidden and is only visible on the palmar surface of the hand.

Popular Wedding Band Styles

In case you are still unsure about the difference between wedding rings and bands, here’s is a demonstration of the common styles:

  • Sleek knife-edge
  • Simple rose gold, yellow, or white gold
  • Matte-finished platinum
  • Two-toned (different colored material on the inner and outer side of the material)
  • Comfort fit
  • Textured or braided wedding bands

The designs mentioned above are minimalist styles of most wedding bands and are strictly worn by men. If you wish to add a diamond to these they will be called the following:

  • Shared prong
  • Bezel
  • Channel
  • Pave or micro pave
  • U-shaped
  • Multi-row pave
  • Bright-cut
  • Single or triple-stone embedded diamond in the band

Now, this may seem like a discombobulating bit, but the difference is pretty simple. These wedding band styles can be worn by women as well as men – since they contain diamonds. But unlike wedding rings, the diamond is not placed as a centerpiece! Thus, the ornament resembles a band of diamonds pieced together instead of a single diamond popping up.  

Popular Wedding Ring Styles

On the other hand, wedding rings are defined by the stone’s cut. These include, the following stones in the classic, solitaire, prong setting:

  • Trillion
  • Baguette
  • Oval
  • Heart
  • Radiant
  • Cushion
  • Asscher
  • Emerald
  • Pear
  • Princess
  • Round
  • Marquise

Meanwhile, other settings with a central diamond include channel, halo, bezel, baguette (baguette-cut diamonds on both the sides of the center stone), filigree, and vintage. 

These settings enhance the look of the ring!  

Diamond-Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Chart is More Important for a Wedding Ring

Since the diamond is the ultimate showstopper in a wedding ring, then its specifications are more important! Additionally, if wedding bands tend to have diamonds embedded in them they can still have a significantly different diamond chart due to the smaller size and carat weight. Thus, wedding bands can still accommodate diamonds of lower clarity – that greater inclusions – since they cannot be seen with the naked eye; especially if the interface is smaller. On top of that smaller diamonds, especially if they are colored can be used in variable color grades in a wedding band. But for wedding rings diamonds of the color grade D to I are the best. 

Similarly, since most wedding rings are made in the halo or solitaire setting, the diamond cut, clarity, and carat size become very important. Getting the right cut that not only compliments your finger and style but also buying the best carat weight diamond that appeals to you and your budget is crucial. Thus, making the diamond specifications a big deal for wedding rings, whereas, the material is more important for bands.  

Hopefully, by now you will be able to instantly tell apart a wedding ring from a wedding band!