Many couples want to choose wedding rings for women and men as unique and distinctive as their relationship. Here are some suggestions of unusual designs you might find interesting.
Eternity rings are bands circled with diamonds or other precious gems. The continuous loop of gems is said to be the symbol of unending, eternal love, making eternity rings a popular wedding band or anniversary gift choice. Eternity rings can come in a variety of metals with gems of the shape and colour to reflect the couple’s preference.
Because of the weight and width of the stones some prefer half eternity rings with stones only along one side of the ring others prefer a full circle of stones. Because the stones have to be set closely together the most popular shapes or cuts are the round, princess and emerald cuts.
Diamonds are the most popular stones to set in eternity rings but rubies, sapphires and emeralds are also popular choices sometimes paired with diamonds in alternating patterns around the ring. Some chose birthstones or other symbolic gems to make the ring more unique.
Rings with Designs or Patterns
Embellishing plain gold or silver wedding bands with various designs and patterns has been around since 700 AD, in many cultures. The ancient symbol of the ouroboros, the serpent which consumes its own tail, was a theme used for rings made of iron in Rome. It also represents the hope for a lifelong marriage union that’s continually renewed making it a perfect choice for a wedding ring design.
Celtic wedding rings are often decorated with geometric knot work patterns that have a long history in Celtic art. These patterns are suggestive of tendrils and vines. The beautiful symmetry of these woven patterns is organic, flowing, and a reflection of the curves found in nature. Those with an Irish heritage find the Celtic design particularly appealing but those from all ethnic backgrounds have selected these beautiful designs for their wedding ring pattern.
If you want a distinctive ring that is more subtle than a pattern or a design consider a solid metal wedding band with a hammered finish, a crushed metal finish, or a pin finish for an unusual but handsome look.
You can also add colour to your ring by mixing metals or by treating gold surfaces with a hot torch to produce different shades of gold and silver.
Braided wedding bands are also a unique choice for wedding rings for women. You can find wedding ring designs with braided metals in a single colour, two colours or three colours.
If you want a ring that is a conversation piece try a vintage-inspired wedding ring. A classic coiled ‘snake’ design popular during Victorian days makes an intriguing wedding ring.
Vintage rings from the 1920’s or 30’s often have scroll like engraving, subtle milgrain work or raised beaded edges on the ring and delicate filigree work or designs made with twisted threads of metal often suggesting lace which you might find to your liking. Vintage rings are a popular choice if you are looking for a band that is distinctive and sure to generate a conversation or comment wherever you wear it