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How Do I Choose the Right Band Width for My Engagement Ring?

How Do I Choose the Right Band Width for My Engagement Ring?

The band width plays an essential role when choosing the perfect engagement ring to fit a finger. Aside from choosing a stylish ring, the correct size is important to ensure that it looks right and feels comfortable while wearing day-to-day. Read our engagement ring band width comparison to guarantee that the ring you choose won’t look out of place while also being durable enough to stand up to daily activities. 


The Thin Band

A thin band is any ring that is under 2mm in thickness. Most customers wanting a thinner band choose a width between 1.5mm to 1.8mm. Some jewelers refuse to make rings with thinner bands measuring less than 2mm because they could break easily, especially if the metal used is not strong enough. Rest assured, Happy Jewelers pieces are made with solid gold or platinum and the lifetime warranty covers any normal wear and tear that may occur while wearing your band. 

The Thin Band


Pros:

  • Classic and dainty feminine look
  • Doesn’t distract from your center stone 
  • Lightweight
  • Less expensive
  • Comfortable for most people
  • Best for people with larger knuckles

Cons:

  • Malleable and may loose shape more easily depending on daily activities
  • Subject to greater wear and tear
  • Too thin to have stones set in 3D (stones on the top and both sides of the band)  
  • Requires more attentive handling and wearing

The Wide Band

A ring that has a band of 2mm and above is considered wide. Wider band widths are easier to care for and maintain in comparison to thinner bands since they’re made with more metal and are less likely to bend or warp. 

2mm width, 3-dimensional band  2.01 Radiant Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring with Hidden Halo

Pros:

  • Durable and sturdy
  • Thicker band allows for larger stones
  • Allows for stones to be set in 3D

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Center stone can appear smaller
  • Can be uncomfortable for the wearer
  • Not advisable for people with smaller and thin fingers

Other Factors to Consider

Comfort

A standard ring ranges from 2 to 6mm. What is comfortable for some people could be uncomfortable for others. It’s best to try different ring width options to get a feel for what you like.


Type of Setting

Know the ring setting that you want before choosing the width. Keep in mind that bands with smooth edges like pave and channel can be more comfortable than shared prong bands where the edges of the diamond can rub against your fingers. 

Tips for Choosing a Band Width

  1. Try on different options! A band you love in pictures may not look the same on your hand
  2. Tiny hands and thin or short fingers look best with a thin band width. For larger hands and fingers, go with a wider band.
  3. For those with wide knuckles, putting on and removing a ring with a thin band is easier.

Whether you choose a thin or wide band width for your ring, make sure that you take care of it properly. Get it checked by a trusted jeweler at least twice a year, and also remove your ring during strenuous activities.