Engagement Ring Band Styles
Brand Design Terms to Know
Profile: The profile is the shape of the band when cut. Certain profiles may be more appropriate for certain wearers and provide different levels of comfort.
Width: The width of a band varies greatly between rings. Most often, bands are between 2 and 12 mm wide.
Finish: The finish of a ring describes its sheen or visual effect. Polished is the most common as it is the most luminous. Matte finishes have a smooth look that does not have a shine effect. Satin is similar to matte, but with a bit more of a polished look. Stone has a very rugged finish that looks more coarse than matte or satin finishes. Hammered gives the appearance of a “dented” metal with or without a shine.
Milgrain: Milgrain is a raised beaded design on the surface of a band. This can be made into intricate, feminine patterns.
Beveled edge: Beveled edges are more common in men’s wedding and engagement rings. This is an angled edge on a ring with a contrasting finish.
Filigree: Filigree uses fine wire to make intricate patterns including spirals, which gives the ring a vintage appearance.
Engraving: Engravings can be done on the inside or outside of the ring to create an even more personalized piece. Often the messages inside of the bands hold a personal significance for the couple.
Band Shapes for Engagement Rings
Choosing the band shape for your engagement ring is about comfort and style. We recommend you try on as many as possible to see what feels best for you. The three most common ring shapes are court, d-shaped, and flat rings. Each shape has a slightly different feel and fit. Plus, there are multiple various of these three main shapes.
Similar to the court-shaped ring, the D-shaped ring is straight on the bottom and rounded on the sides. However, the top, or outermost part, of the ring is curved, which gives the appearance of a “D” shape when the ring is cross-sectioned.
Double comfort rings have straight edges on the top and bottom but have very rounded sides. This is very comfortable for the wearer as it puts less pressure on the finger and the rounded edges provide a smoother feel.
Flat-sided court rings are similar to the traditional court rings; however, the sides are flattened. This gives the appearance of the top and bottom being very rounded and the sides being very flat.
One of the least common styles, concave rings are “U” shaped when cross-sectioned. Depending on the style of the ring, the “U” can be more or less defined. The concave ring style is almost exclusively used in men’s wedding bands.