For many if not most brides, a diamond engagement ring with matching wedding band is the ultimate. But with all of the options available to today's bride, more and more creativity is being seen.
Many jewelers are able and willing to create one-of-a-kind designs for their bridal customers who want their matching bands to be uniquely theirs.
Some jewelers are creating specialty rings that combine birthstones and diamonds and others are specialists in creating new designs from heirloom or vintage pieces. For some modern brides their "something old" may well be the diamonds or other precious stones that have come down from family members. Combining stones from both mothers' wedding bands for the new bride is a powerful symbol of family unity.
Some couples are looking at ceramic rings. Many modern jewelry designers have created stunning designs in ceramic that are shatter and scratch resistant, lightweight and functional.
Of course, there is a vast market for the traditional simple band of silver, gold or platinum chosen to offset the drama of a gorgeous diamond engagement ring.
Whatever the couple chooses, there has never been a wider selection or more creative options available.