Purchasing a wedding band should be one of the best parts of planning upcoming nuptials, but quite often it can be the element that many find most daunting. After all, it will be this ring that becomes the symbol of your marriage for years to come. Because of this it worthwhile devoting as much time as possible to researching the best ring design for you – be it a set piece or bespoke piece custom designed just for you.
Before deciding on what gemstones and settings you want (if any), take time to consider what type of profile would best suit you. The profile of a wedding band is the overall shape of the ring – and profiles come in more shapes than just the standard round (commonly known as the Court profile) ring we are all used to:
The court profile has long been the traditional choice for wedding rings. With its curved outer surface and matching curved inner surface, it is considered by many to be the most comfortable ring profile to wear. The court profile is also a popular choice due to it being one of the best to match with against a lady’s engagement ring (again, a court profile ring is the popular choice for engagement ring). Women’s court profile rings are often around 2mm, 2.5mm or 3mm in width, whereas men’s court profile ring widths will typically be between 4 and 5mm. Court profile rings are also known as ‘Comfort Fit’ rings due to their ease of wear.
A flat profile ring is just how it sounds. Both inner and outer surfaces are flat producing a strong and distinctive flat edge. These substantial looking rings, with their chunky solid appearance, are the perfect choice for a man’s wedding band.
Flat Court Profile
A combination of court and flat. The outer surface is flat while the inner is curved producing a strong statement ring that is incredibly comfortable to wear.
D Shape Profile
A D shaped profile ring, as with a court profile, is an extremely comfortable ring to wear. Like the court profile a D profile ring is curved on its outer surface but its inner surface sits flat against the wearers’ finger. The flatness of the inner surface produces a snug fit which is less likely to cause the ring to snag if caught on anything. If a D profile wedding band is to be set with gemstones, then a flush setting best suits this particular style. Additionally, if the wedding band is to sit next to an engagement ring then a D profile band looks best when matched with a complimenting D profile engagement ring.
Bevelled Profile rings are certainly visually striking. The inner surface lies flat while the outer surface is angled. The sharpness of the angled edges attracts the light brilliantly making it all the more eye catching. The bevelled profile is best suited to a wider band as a narrow ring generally will not be wide enough to allow for two bevelled edges.
Wedding bands featuring a concave profile certainly make a statement. The subtle concave curving on the outer surface is very feminine, making this a beautiful alternative to one of the other, more traditional, profiles for women. Additionally, the inner surface matches that of a court profile, making it very comfortable to wear. Concave profiles are best suited to those wanting a custom designed ring that is made to perfectly fit the ring finger. This is because it is difficult to re-size a ring of this profile (especially if the size is to be reduced) without potentially causing some damage to the outer profile.
Rings with a halo profile are completely circular, much like a tube. One of the oldest profiles, due to its simplicity to make, the halo profile dropped out of popularity during the early to mid 20th century, with people favouring the more distinctive designs of the court, flat and D profile rings. However, it has started to see a resurgence in recent years with platinum halo rings being particularly popular.