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Thick vs thin engagement ring bands

When it comes to selecting an engagement ring, the band plays a pivotal role in both style and comfort. And even for the size of the band, there are lots of options to consider – it can be quite challenging to decide between a thick and thin band. Read more about both styles and their pros and cons, to help you make the right decision that aligns with your preferences and lifestyle.

What is a thick engagement ring band?

Thick bands are typically considered to be over 2.5 millimetres in width. They are known for their robust and prominent appearance, making a statement on the hand, and keeping your jewels safe.

Pros of a thick band:

  • Durability: Their substantial width offers increased durability, making them less susceptible to bending or misshaping through dally wear and tear.
  • Comfort: For some, the wider surface can be more comfortable to wear.
  • Style statement: Thick bands are often more noticeable and can be a style statement in themselves. If you tend to wear chunky jewellery, you may want a thicker engagement ring to match your style.
  • Diamond support: They can support larger diamonds or gemstones without compromising the ring’s integrity. Your stone is oftentimes safer when set with a thick band.

Cons of a thick band:

  • Heaviness: They can feel heavier on the finger, which might be uncomfortable for some.
  • Cost: Generally, thicker bands can be more expensive due to the use of more metal.
  • Suitability: Might not be suitable for those with smaller hands or shorter fingers, as it can overwhelm the hand and look ‘too much’.

What is a thin engagement ring band?

Thin engagement ring bands are generally considered to be less than 2 millimetres in width. They are known for their delicate and elegant appearance.

Pros of a thin band:

  • Elegance: Thin bands are often seen as more elegant and understated.
  • Comfort: They are lighter and can be more comfortable for daily wear.
  • Visual enhancing: A thin band can make a smaller stone appear larger than it really is, enhancing its carat weight.
  • Versatility: They pair well with a variety of diamond shapes and sizes without overshadowing the stone.
  • Cost-Effective: Usually less expensive due to the lesser amount of metal used.

Cons of a thin band:

  • Durability: They can be more prone to bending and wear over time.
  • Diamond Limitations: May not support extremely large diamonds or complex settings securely.
  • Visibility: Less noticeable compared to thicker bands, which might not appeal to those seeking a bolder look.

Looking for your perfect engagement ring?

Once you’ve considered your style, gemstone, lifestyle and personal preferences, take a look at our selection of engagement rings, and find the one that speaks to you.