5 simple tips to pair vintage-style engagement rings with modern wedding bands.

Wedding season is almost in full swing. Brides, while you're frantically trying to finalize all of the infinite details for your big day (it's easy to get caught up in selecting the right flowers and the perfect cupcakes for your guests), don't forget one of the biggest things to think about is those two pieces of jewelry you'll be wearing on your left finger likely for the rest of your life.
Gone are the days of needing an engagement ring and wedding band that are an exact match. Today's trends are leaning more towards wearing what you love, even if it isn't a precise extension of your engagement ring. While you and your soon-to-be groom are likely a picture-perfect match, you're both probably different in many ways - but that's what makes you work so well together. They say opposites attract and make the best couples. You could say that the same goes for your engagement ring and wedding band.
"Making sure your engagement ring and band matches is the tradition," says Joseph Denaburg of Levy's Fine Jewelry. "But now, women seem to care more about having a wedding band and engagement ring that complement one another and get noticed and appreciated independently, instead of it looking like one big ring. The big fashion trend right now is to wear something you love, and not worry about whether or not it goes together, as long as it looks good."
So, traditionalists, step aside. Some people may think that finding a wedding band that goes with the sometimes awkwardly shaped vintage and vintage-style engagement rings could be a huge hassle, but these five tips will prove once and for all that brides can easily pair a modern band with a vintage engagement ring.

1.Find a band with funky-shapes
Add a little personality to the set by going with a wedding band that has a little different shape than your engagement ring. Denaburg suggests pairing an Art Deco style band with a vintage style ring. Because Art Deco, Retro and Modernist jewelry is usually categorized by it's heavy use of geometric shapes, mixing a band with repeating geometric shapes will often pair well with vintage jewelry. While the shapes of the band and ring may be different, the look and feel of the ring will be cohesive and create a beautiful set.

2. Go with a thin-band
"Thin bands go well with the delicate, feminine style filigree that was popular in the Edwardian and Art Deco Period," Denaburg explains. A thick band can sometimes attract too much attention away from the intricate details of a ring (after all, the ring should be the main attraction!), but a thin band is much more likely to compliment a vintage ring than overpower it.
Going with a thin wedding band also leaves plenty of finger room for stacking! Thin bands use less metal and smaller stones, which makes adding to your stack an affordable gift for anniversaries and birthdays.

3. Curved Bands Still Work - and it doesn't even have to be custom!
Many vintage-style designers, such as Infinity Line, offer engraved bands with slight curves that fit around a lot of vintage engagement rings. It can be with diamonds, without diamonds or feature engraving around the outside to offer a vintage style pattern. Finding one of these generic curved bands that works is a great way to save money by avoiding creating a new custom band to fit flush against the engagement ring.

4. Mix-metal colors between your two rings
Just like wearing white after Labor Day was once a huge fashion faux pas, so was mixing metals with jewelry. However, mixing metals has now quickly become a huge trend in the jewelry world. Denaburg advises that rose gold and yellow gold are both suitable metals to mix with vintage and vintage-style rings, but also states that what looks good on someone is best determined by her personal taste and skin tone.

5. Add some color
Typically, wedding bands and engagement rings are all about the diamonds. It's not surprising, diamonds have long been considered one of the most beautiful stones in the world - but consider what a little color could add to the set. Adding your birthstone, your favorite color or another stone with personal meaning to your wedding band could have a major impact on the uniqueness of the ring.
Denaburg recommends sapphire stones. "The darkness of the blue contrasts really well with the white of diamonds and white gold or platinum, making the ring stand out even more."

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