Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bridal Binge: Ring Edition, Vol. 3

With less than three months to go, I really need to get a wedding band up in this piece. I keep going to stores and finding things that would probably work but that I'm not 100% in love with. And oughtn't one to be entirely in love with the one piece of jewelry they'll wear forever? (Unless you're like my friend Alison, who keeps buying herself new engagement and wedding bands, which seems like a perfectly acceptable and fun option also.) Here's a few I'm thinking about right now, although I plan on hitting jewelry stores both at lunch and after work today. (I wore comfortable shoes.)

Oh, but first. So you know. Here is my engagement ring:



It's by Sholdt. I love its modern simplicity and feel so lucky that Carl got it so right.



Piaget mini "Possession" ring, $1,500 with diamonds in 18k white gold; $900 sans bling. That top part spins! I like this because it seems different but is still classic, with clean modern lines. And there are seven diamonds for good luck. And Eva Longoria has one!

Yesterday I went to one of Alison's favorite jewelry haunts, DVVS in Chelsea. The woman who helped me was very nice, and they had some nice rings for very reasonable prices. For the first time I think I had reverse sticker shock. This ring, for instance:



A modified version of this is currently a serious contender. I'd want it a lot slimmer, with the line centered, and maybe more and smaller diamonds more spread out. Or not. They do custom work so it's all up to me. This ring is only $450, looks great with my engagement ring, and is supercomfortable.



Kevin Plunkett organic twist band, $455. Now, I know this looks extremely "organic," as in it looks like the gold version of what a child might make with a snake of clay, but I swear it looked pretty good with my ring in the store. This picture is TERRIBLE and in person the ring really doesn't look anything like it does here. I liked that it had interesting lines and texture but didn't compete with my ring. It's still sort of in the running.



Links of London Triple Ring, $190. It's in sterling silver, though.



This Ritani eternity band is kinda cool, too.



I don't think this one is quite me (not so into mixing metals), but I wanted to point out that I think Nina Dinoff's alterna-eternity band is very cool. It's $195 for sterling silver and 18k gold dots.



Finally, I love the idea of this ring, Hearts On Fire's Felicity pointed wedding band. The pointed tip echoes the notched setting of my engagement ring. But there's a lotta bling there, and it would almost certainly compete with the e-ring. I think.

I'm almost afraid to say it, but what do YOU think?

9 comments:

AlexisW said...

Meh. You don't really need an additional band, IMO. I have a bezel-set engagement ring as well (single-stone Tiffany Etoile) and found that another band felt bulky and fiddly. I wore the ring during our engagement, and took it off the day before the wedding to have it polished. When he put it back on my finger during the ceremony, it still had the same significance to me, and the new-pretty-shiny from the polishing made it feel new.

That said, I'm a simple, un-fiddly gal, so if you want another band, go for it! Your engagement ring has really clean lines, though, so I'd stick with something similarly sleek, like the Piaget, sans bling. Definitely look at the two metals side-by-side before ruling out silver, too.

Mary-Kate Hopkinson said...

Thanks Alexis — that's a very sane decision you made. I actually just went to Piaget to look at their rings. And I absolutely love that Posession ring (uh, in addition to the semi-bling and ridicu-bling versions). The only thing I don't love about it is the name.

Ashley! said...

I really like the Etolie band from Tiffany.

I think it would look really nice with your wedding band.


http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=GRP00007&mcat=148204&cid=288152&search_params=s+5-p+1-c+288152-r+101323340-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+

ambika said...

I have to say, I like the clean, classic lines of the first two rings--and the spinning bit is too neat.

The point on the last one looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Sabrina said...

piaget hands down. awesome with the e ring and awesome alone.

Anonymous said...

im just not a fan of diamonds, go figure! im a pearl gal i guess :)

joshly said...

All are excellent patterns

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