The best wedding band for women

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Megan Oster
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Some people stack their wedding band with their engagement ring, while other people wear them separately.

Few pieces of jewelry get as much use as wedding bands because they’re meant to be worn on a daily basis. Furthermore, a wedding band is a symbol of your bond with your spouse, so it carries major importance. Whether you intend to wear your wedding band solo or with your engagement ring, you can greatly increase your chances of finding the right wedding band by keeping certain considerations in mind. 

The Macy's Diamond Baguette in 14K White Gold has a classic style with baguette diamonds that exude elegance, and a channel setting that prevents it from catching on clothes. It’s a timeless wedding band with beauty that endures. 

What to know before you buy a wedding band for women 

Consider how you’ll wear your wedding band

Some women stack their wedding band with their engagement ring, while others wear them separately. Think carefully about how you prefer to wear yours. If you plan to stack it on a regular basis, choose a wedding band that complements your engagement ring and rests nicely against it. 

Prioritize personal taste over trends

Remember, you’ll likely wear your wedding band on a daily basis for decades. It’ll become a staple of your jewelry collection. This is the reason why you should prioritize your personal taste over trends. Select a style you’ll enjoy for a very long time. 

Decide whether you want diamonds

While many people prefer a wedding band that has diamonds, this isn’t the case for everyone. You may favor a minimalistic plain band or a ring with designs etched into the band. There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to a wedding band. 

Wedding band for women features

If you decide that a wedding band with diamonds is the right choice, you should carefully consider the four C’s: cut, color, clarity and carat. These characteristics are important because they represent the quality of a diamond and, for many people, they’re indicators of its beauty. 

Wedding band for women cut

The cut of the diamond is a major contributor to its wattage. Cut includes the angles, proportions and facets of a diamond. A diamond with a high-quality cut will sparkle more and appear more beautiful overall. Cut is rated on the following scale:

  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

Wedding band for women color

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranks colorless diamonds higher than diamonds with a tint. These rankings don’t include canary diamonds or blue diamonds; these stones are in a different category altogether. The scale is based on the traditional white diamond and ranges from Z to D, with Z (noticeable yellow-brown tint) ranking lowest and D (colorless) ranking highest. 

Wedding band for women clarity

The fewer blemishes and inclusions present in a diamond, the better its clarity. The clarity chart below is the official chart used by GIA:

  • FL (Flawless)
  • IF (Internally Flawless)
  • VVS1 (Very, Very Slightly Included 1)
  • VVS2 (Very, Very Slightly Included 2)
  • VS1 (Very Slightly Included 1)
  • VS2 (Very Slightly Included 2)
  • SI1 (Slightly Included 1)
  • SI2 (Slightly Included 2)
  • I1 (Inclusions 1)
  • I2 (Inclusions 2)
     

If a diamond’s clarity is rated as “slightly included” or having “inclusions,” it indicates that the stone has a small imperfection when viewed under magnification. At this rating, the inclusions aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

Wedding band for women carat

Carat is measured according to the total weight of all the diamonds present in a ring. Carat doesn’t indicate the size of individual stones. Clarity, color and cut greatly influence the beauty of a diamond, so don’t get caught up in the carat weight. 

Wedding band for women cost 

There are wedding bands sold for as low as $700, but bear in mind that the carat, color, cut and clarity will likely be inferior to their pricier counterparts, to some extent. That said, you can still find wonderful rings at this price point. If your budget allows you to spend more, you can get lovely diamonds with solid Cs starting at around $2,500. When it comes to diamonds, the sky's the limit as far as the high end of the price range - wedding bands can top out in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. 

Wedding band for women FAQ

Is gold or platinum better for a wedding band for women?

A. If you favor the look of yellow or rose gold, then gold is the right metal for you. Platinum is available solely in a white gold/silvery color. And gold is also a very good option, and if you prefer a silver look, white gold can achieve this. Make sure that any gold ring you’re considering is made of 14K gold at a minimum ― gold is a soft metal, so 14k gold is critical for the strength of the ring. Remember, you’ll be wearing the ring every day for many years. It’ll endure a great deal of wear and tear, regardless of how careful you are. 

Platinum is an excellent choice when it comes to durability. This metal is priced higher in part because of its ability to withstand stressful circumstances. In fact, platinum is among the strongest metals in the world. In addition, this metal rarely tarnishes and is hypoallergenic. 

Can wedding bands for women be resized?

A. The answer to this question depends largely on the design of the ring. If the design and/or diamonds encircle the entire band, many jewelers are hesitant to resize it. Since the diamonds are typically spaced out evenly in the original design, removing any can throw off the entire aesthetic of the ring. Bear this fact in mind when purchasing a wedding band. It’s best to play it safe and go with the most accurate size. 

Which wedding band for women should you get?

Best of the best wedding band for women

Macy's Diamond Baguette in 14K White Gold: available at Macy’s

Our take: The classic style of this wedding band gives it an elegance that endures, while the channel setting and baguette design prevent the prongs and diamonds from catching on clothing or gloves. 

What we like: You’ll barely notice you’re wearing this wedding band thanks to its 3.3-millimeter width. Baguette diamonds with a clarity of 12 and color range of I-J give the streamlined band a touch of understated shimmer. This ring has 1/7 carat total weight in diamonds. You can choose from 14K yellow, white or rose gold.  

What we dislike: A handful of buyers felt the diamonds were lacking in clarity and that they didn’t generate enough sparkle. 

Best bang for your buck wedding band for women

Macy's 14K Gold Wedding Band: available at Macy’s

Our take: Minimalists will love the timeless simplicity of this sleek, slim wedding band available in 14K yellow, white or rose gold. 

What we like: This seamless 2-millimeter band is extremely versatile, complementing any anniversary band or engagement ring. It also makes finding a matching band for your significant other easy. From a functional standpoint, the low profile of this ring makes it fuss-free; you won’t have to struggle to pull gloves on over it. Finding a wedding band in a width this thin in sizes through 13 is rare. 

What we dislike: The width of the band was too thin for at least one buyer’s preferences, and the slim width of the ring makes it vulnerable to warping if it catches on something. 

Honorable mention wedding band for women

Macy's Diamond Beaded Edge Band in 14K Gold: available at Macy’s

Our take: The beaded edges of this unique wedding band bring out the sparkle of the seven diamonds contained within. 

What we like: Buyers who wear engagement rings that have prong settings appreciate the way this band stacks with their rings. Diamonds in an oval shape balance out diamonds in a circular shape. The color range of the diamonds is I-J and the clarity is 12-13. This wedding band is pretty enough to wear without an engagement ring if you so desire. 

What we dislike: The intricate beaded edges might not be to the liking of those who prefer a more streamlined profile. 
 

Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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