Choosing Between Thick and Thin Bands

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When you’re considering various engagement rings, the band you choose is one of the most important factors. Your band often plays just as large a role as your diamond or other stone type in defining the aesthetic of the ring, particularly the way it fits on your finger and looks on your hand.

At AAA Jewelers, we can help you find the perfect band option for your engagement ring. We have a variety of band choices, including stylish stackable bands that are very popular today. The simplest question many of our customers ask us in this area: Should I go with a thinner or thicker band? Here are some basics on each, plus a few tips on ring protection regardless of which size you go with.

Thinner Options

If your primary desire in an engagement ring is one that looks feminine and delicate, a thinner band is usually the way to go. But that’s not the only purpose for a thin band, which can also be functional – consider, for instance, the way band size affects how the stone looks on your hand. A thinner band draws eyes right to your stone rather than distracting them, and from many views this can cause the stone to look larger than it actually is to the naked eye. Thin bands are also great for those looking to stack bands or use a thicker style in coordination with the engagement band.

Now, thinner bands aren’t everyone’s cup of tea – and that’s fine! We’ll go over ring protection below, but even if you’re 100 percent diligent here, thinner ring bands are simply at a bit higher risk in terms of damage and durability concerns. The materials we sell are of the highest quality, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely impervious to any damage. Anyone who regularly works or has hobbies in areas that might damage the ring should consider a thicker band style that is more durable.

Thicker Choices

Generally starting around 2.5 to 3 millimeters, thicker band styles are primarily desired by many buyers for their increased durability. Thicker bands mean stronger products, particularly if you get something like a solitaire design with no diamonds in the band, which keeps the structure of the metal stronger. Note that even thicker bands can still be damaged, though, and you should still be very careful of any blunt force or trauma.

Once again, though, durability isn’t the only concern here. Thicker bands also offer more room for diamonds and other elements in the bands, and they can add to the brilliance of the central stone as well. The surface coverage is a big positive for many buyers who want to leave room for the wedding band when it comes time.

Ring Protection

For both thick and thin band styles, protecting the ring is important. Think about the situations you’re wearing it in, and consider taking it off if major damage is possible. Examples of good places to remove rings include when lifting weights or when carrying heavy items.

For more on choosing between a thick and thin engagement ring band style, or to learn about any of our engagement rings, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.