How to Pair Your Round Diamond Engagement Ring With a Wedding Band
Angelica Frey | October 16, 2023
Angelica Frey | October 16, 2023
A Round cut diamond engagement ring is a timeless and elegant cut that combines symmetry, harmony, and brilliance. When it comes to pairing its signature circular shape with a wedding band, options abound.
There is no right way to wear your Round engagement ring: the choice of the wedding band depends on your personal style and on whether you prefer high or low settings. Wedding bands made with VRAI created diamonds can accommodate any style choice. Our experts will help you make a regret-proof style choice.
What Is a Round Brilliant Engagement Ring?
A Round Brilliant engagement ring is an engagement ring featuring a Round Brilliant cut diamond. When it comes to this shape and the 4Cs, cut is the most important parameter. In fact, the facets directly determine the stone’s brilliance and can cleverly conceal both inclusion and color.
The Round Brilliant cut is the quintessential diamond shape that will never go out of style. Surveys and statistics indicate that between 40% and 60% of buyers are opting for an engagement ring featuring a Round Brilliant diamond. A way to make your Round Brilliant engagement ring unique is pairing it with a wedding band.
Are All Round Diamonds Round Brilliant Diamonds?
Unless you specify that a round diamond is a Round Brilliant diamond, “round” will only indicate the diamond’s silhouette when seen from above. There are, indeed, many types of round-shaped diamonds, and the main difference lies in the number and/or shape of the facets, their actual faceting pattern, and the way weight is distributed within the diamond itself.
Old European Diamond
The Old European diamond is a round-shaped diamond considered the precursor to the Round Brilliant diamond. Old European diamonds have 57-58 facets, and due to each of them being cut individually, there was a lot of variation within this shape. Compared to modern Round Brilliant diamonds, Old European diamonds feature larger facets, a higher crown, a smaller table, and a deeper pavilion. They were cut to prioritize colorlessness, rather than maximize brilliance.
The Harmonia diamond is a VRAI in-house cut that differs from the Round Brilliant in the addition of distinctive faceting on top and bottom. It also features bottom halves that are polished lower and the top crown facets with a trapezoidal, almost step-like shape, to give this diamond a distinctive and elegant brilliance.
The Passion diamond is similar to the Round Brilliant diamond, but has a total of 73 facets as opposed to the 57 or 58 of the standard Round Brilliant shape. The pattern of these facets creates a petal-like scintillation on the outer rim of the diamond, and gives a heightened appearance of dimension and depth.
The Regulus diamond is an exclusive in-house cut with a crown and table area similar to a Round Brilliant diamond, but with a modified pavilion featuring extra facets. It’s a modern take on the Old European cut, where the large pavilion facets create a subtle, softer shine as opposed to the intense scintillation witnessed in the Round Brilliant diamonds
Round Rose Diamond
Round Rose diamonds feature a flat bottom paired with a dome-shaped crown where three or more facets form the apex. Rose cut diamonds owe their name to their resemblance to a rose bud.
Given the lack of pavilion, Rose diamonds don’t produce as much fire and scintillation as other round diamonds, but delicately shimmer like the reflection of moonlight on a lake. In addition, their flat bottom means that their weight is mostly distributed in the crown, which translates into a larger per-carat size.
What’s the Best Wedding Band to Go With a Round Engagement Ring?
The best wedding band for your Round engagement ring will combine style, versatility, and comfort. One main thing to consider is deciding on the setting of your Round Brilliant cut engagement ring first before determining a matching wedding band. The engagement ring’s overall style and design will determine what band will match best.
For example, for diamond-accented bands, many select Infinity, small Eternity, and Devotion bands with melee or Round diamonds to complement the engagement ring’s center stone. In the case of Eternity bands, choosing a lighter total carat weight is recommended to avoid scratching. Our diamond experts can advise on the best total carat weight for this style.
Another deciding factor is whether or not you want your wedding band to sit flush with your engagement ring. A flush setting allows your wedding and engagement rings to be neatly stacked without any negative space, and to accommodate that, the center stone of the engagement ring has to sit entirely on top of its band.
VRAI’s Classic engagement ring setting featuring four prongs and the Cathedral engagement ring are good examples, and even the Signature Solitaire and Signature Bezel, come with a low setting thanks to the signature sling dipping below the band. Non-flush fits tend to have lower settings that will create space between the wedding band and the engagement ring, and are more protective of the center stone.
Best Round Diamond and Wedding Band Pairing by Setting
The choice of the setting, rather than the shape of a stone, determines what wedding band pairs best with your Round engagement ring. Solitaires, Halos, and multi-stone settings all have different characteristics when it comes to wedding bands.
Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings With Wedding Bands
The sleek lines of a Round diamond solitaire allow for countless combinations with wedding bands. You can either match the band style of both engagement ring and wedding ring or deliberately contrast them. The Signature Engagement Ring with a Round diamond, for example, works great with the timeless Round band, whose semi-rounded and polished surface gives it a gleaming appearance that perfectly matches the style of a solitaire.
Round Diamond Halo Engagement Rings With Wedding Bands
A Round Brilliant diamond is cut to maximize its fire, brightness, and brilliance. When paired with a halo of melee diamonds, the scintillation is further amplified. We suggest pairing a Round Brilliant Halo Engagement Ring) with a wedding band whose style is consistent with the halo. The Devotion band with Round diamonds, for example, combines the scintillation of hand-set pavé diamonds with a sleek, geometric look.
Round Diamond Three Stone Engagement Rings With Wedding Bands
A Three-Stone Engagement Ring allows for a lot of customization – the side stones can be Pear diamonds, Trillion diamonds, Round diamonds, and even Tapered Baguette diamonds. Choosing the side stones will determine what wedding band to pair it with.
In the case of a Three Stone ring with Tapered Baguettes as side stones, for example, one can choose whether to emphasize either the Round diamond,the step-cut side stones, or both. The Alternating Shapes band, for example, combines Round diamonds and Baguette diamonds.
Best Round Diamond and Wedding Band Pairing by Overall Style
Depending on what band you pair with your engagement ring, your wedding set can have a classic, vintage-inspired, or modern appearance. All are timeless in their elegance, and it’s up to the wearer’s personal preference to decide what style to opt for.
Classic Round-Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairing
Choosing Round and soft shapes for your wedding band is the best way to achieve a classic look with a Round diamond engagement ring, as it follows the curves of the center diamond. The Infinity Pavé and the Pavé Dome Band have a timeless look with the bonus of added brilliance, creating a classic, yet statement-making wedding set.
Vintage-inspired Round-Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Pairings
In terms of style, vintage-inspired indicates something that clearly references a specific time in the past or a specific cultural movement. Popular vintage-inspired styles in jewelry include Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Art Nouveau is notable for its use of filigree-like metalwork and for elongated curves that are reminiscent of shapes found in nature. For Art Nouveau lovers, The Petal Crown Band features petal-shaped metalwork punctuated by pavé-set VRAI created diamonds to adorn its focal point.
In contrast with the nature-inspired shapes of Art Nouveau, Art Deco jewelry prioritizes geometry and length (both vertically and horizontally). To imbue your Round engagement ring with some 1920s-inspired sleekness, consider The Baguette Bar Band.
Modern Round-Diamond Engagement Rings and Wedding Band Pairings
Modern can mean many things, but people usually associate it with abstract, futuristic shapes. In jewelry, this means a focus on the metal’s texture and shape, with details that create strong, but sleek lines. The Medium Flat Wedding Band combines timeless elegance with a subtle amount of edge.
Modern can also mean unexpected, such as choosing a wedding band that is more ornate and with a more complex scintillation pattern than what is usually expected. The Alternating Shapes Band features alternating round and baguette diamonds.
How Do Curved Bands Pair With a Round Diamond Engagement Ring?
Curved bands work very well with Round Brilliant engagement rings. In fact, curved bands create a floating, surrealistic and overall ethereal effect when paired with a Round Brilliant engagement ring.
Whether you opt for a straight or a curved band is completely up to personal preference, but we fully endorse the abstract, sculptural feel that results from the pairing of a sleek solitaire with a curved band. Choose the Chevron band for soft, sloping curves or the Signature V band for more dramatic lines.